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NASW Social Work Pioneers®
Martha Hickerson was one of the first social workers assigned to the Intensive Care and Research Unit at Cornell Medical Center in New York in 1963. She was part of the hospital’s first dialysis and kidney transplant team. Hickerson organized the first nephrology social work group, consisting initially of twelve members. She quickly grew the membership to 100 members representing 54 diagnostic treatment centers in the New York City area.
Hickerson was also responsible for organizing the Council of Nephrology Social Workers, a section of the National Kidney Foundation.
Martha Hickerson received her MSW from University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work in 1960, specializing in medical social work.
Significant Achievements and Awards
Hickerson was selected to serve on the board of directors for the National Association of Patients on Hemodialysis and Transplantation.
Hickerson, M. (1978). Self-care and home dialysis - Role of social work. Renal Failure, 2(2), 155-163. doi: 10.3109/08860227809079315
Glass, L. & Hickerson, M. (1976). Dialysis and transplantation: A mothers’ group. Social Work in Health Care, 1(3), 287-296.