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About MEI

MEI works to improve outcomes for people with chronic kidney disease. How?

  • As thought leaders. We share a vision and unique perspective gained from decades of experience.
  • As researchers. We conduct studies, then publish our findings to expand the body of knowledge about patient behavior and experience.
  • As creators of medical education programs. We build on research to develop effective programs for patients and professionals.
  • As patient advocates. We work to create patient-friendly healthcare policy.
  • As subject-matter experts. We share our expertise in patient-centered care, self-management, and dialysis with the community via articles, participation in national committees, and as consultants.

Support for our work comes from project fees, grants, government contracts, and donations.


Home Dialysis Central (more)

  • 2017 Digital Health Award – UFR Calculator
  • 2011 Aesculapius Award of Excellence
  • 2008 National Health Information Award – Your Life, Your Choice (DVD)
  • 2007 Aesculapius Award of Excellence
  • 2004 World Wide Web Health Award
  • 2003–2003 Golden Web Award

Kidney School (more)

  • 2011 Silver Web Health Award
  • 2010 Aesculapius Award of Excellence

Life Options (more)

  • 2015 National Health Information Award - Staying Healthy & Living the Life You Want CKD education booklets
  • 2013 National Health Information Award - Help, I Need Dialysis!
  • 2012 Bronze Web Health Award – Let's Talk About...Dialysis Options
  • 2011 Gold Web Health Award – Let's Talk About...Fistulas
  • 2003 National Health Information Award
  • 2002–2003 Golden Web Award
  • 2002 Golden Nephron Award
  • 2001–2002 Golden Web Award
  • 2001 Editor's Choice Award
  • 1997 NN&I Quality of Life Award

My Life, My Dialysis Choice

  • 2014 Gold Web Health Award
  • 2014 Aesculapius Award of Excellence

Dori Schatell, MS - MEI Executive Director

  • 2015 Annual Dialysis Conference Special Recognition Award


The MEI was founded in 1993 by Edith Oberley, Paulette Sacksteder, and William Hofeldt. At that point, Edith had been her husband Terry’s home hemodialysis partner for 20 years. Dori Schatell has been a part of the MEI team since it was founded and took the role of Executive Director in 2001.

The MEI Team

The Medical Education Institute team includes experienced researchers, writers, editors, designers, social workers, and patient education experts with decades of experience in healthcare communications.

Selected Clients & Sponsors

  • Amgen Inc.
  • Baxter Healthcare
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • DaVita
  • Forum of ESRD Networks
  • Fresenius Medical Care North America
  • Gambro Healthcare
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • International Society of Hemodialysis (ISHD)
  • The Kidney Trust
  • National Kidney Foundation
  • Northwest Kidney Centers
  • NxStage Medical, Inc.
  • Research Triangle Institute
  • U.S. Veteran's Administration