Sandra Lauriat, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Raenali Founder, Medical Director & Author
A nephrologist with more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Sandra M. Lauriat has dedicated her career to educating patients and physicians about chronic kidney disease (CKD). Dr. Lauriat is passionate about empowering patients to make informed decisions, so they can live happy, healthy lives with CKD. She believes it is her purpose to teach other physicians how to empower patients through education and provide guidance on conducting honest, compassionate conversations about difficult decisions. As a physician and the director of CKD education at Dallas Nephrology Associates (DNA), Dr. Lauriat developed the innovative CKD stage 4 patient education workshop series, “My Kidneys. My Options. My Life.®” With more than 6,000 workshops conducted to date, the program has been shown to improve several patient outcomes, including fewer catheters and hospitalizations at initiation of dialysis, increased utilization of in-home dialysis and reduced patient anxiety.
Dr. Lauriat founded Raenali Publications in 2018 to further her mission to bring innovative, physician-directed patient education to nephrology practices in the U.S. and beyond. She has also authored a group course for stage 1-3 CKD patients, a patient education class on transplant and other educational materials for Raenali.
An active member in the nephrology community, Dr. Lauriat regularly volunteers for the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) KEEP screenings, has been honored to speak twice at the NKF symposium “Ask the Nephrologist”, has lectured patients about “Alternatives to In-Center Dialysis” for the American Kidney Fund (AKF) and contributed information and articles to both the NKF and the AKF. Dr. Lauriat also developed the CME-accredited “Bits and Bites” program to expand knowledge about CKD for primary care physicians and their staff. In addition, Dr. Lauriat has served as co-author and editor of numerous CME-accredited articles.