Charmaine E. Lok, BSc(PT), MD, MSC, FRCP(C) is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto (U of T). She is graduate faculty in the Clinical Epidemiology & Health Care Research Program, Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (U of T) and the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University. Dr. Lok is the Medical Director of both the multidisciplinary chronic kidney disease (CKD) and hemodialysis programs at the University Health Network-Toronto General Hospital, Toronto, Canada. She is a Senior Scientist at the Toronto General Research Institute with research interests in patient health outcomes and functional ability in CKD, hemodialysis vascular access and cardiovascular disease in endstage renal disease (ESRD). Dr. Lok is also active in raising awareness of CKD and ESKD and its importance in public health. She is involved in a variety of local and international scientific and educational programs, including ASN, CIHR, DOPPS, KFOC, NKF, and Kidney CARE Network International.