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Aron Chakera, MBBS (Hon), MRCP, DPhil, FRACP
Director of Research/Consultant Nephrologist
Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research Read Bio... Dr Aron Chakera is a Renal Physician with an interest in immune function and host-pathogen interactions. He graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1999 as dux of his year, receiving numerous prizes during his undergraduate degree, including the AMA Gold Medal. Following his residency, he was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship for Western Australia in 2001 followed by the 2004 Bristol Myers-Squibb Cardiovascular Prize Fellowship and completed his DPhil in molecular biology in 2005. He undertook specialist training in the Oxford Kidney Unit before being appointed to the Clinical Lectureship in Renal Medicine at the University of Oxford in 2008. In this role he established a translational research programme investigating functional measures of immunity through a successful application for Biomedical Research Centre funding. He returned to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in 2012 as a consultant nephrologist where he is clinical lead for peritoneal dialysis and co-lead for renal transplantation. In 2013 he established the Translational Renal Research Group, housed in the Harry Perkins Institute for Medical Research and in 2015 was appointed Director of Research for the Sir Charles Gairdner and Osborne Park Health Care Group. He is Chair of the Dialysis Advisory Committee of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology.
Tracy Christopherson, PhD-c, MS, BAS, RRT
MissingLogic, LLC Read Bio... Tracy is the co-founder of MissingLogic, LLC, a company dedicated to helping healthcare organizations combat burnout by creating healthy healing work cultures leveraging the Healthy Healing Organization (H2O) Framework. Tracy has over 20 years of experience coaching and mentoring healthcare leaders across North America to establish interprofessional collaborative practice environments. Tracy currently works with healthcare leaders, helping them establish and maintain resilience and work life balance, so they can make a difference, live on purpose and perform at the highest level in every meaningful aspect of their life. She’s also the co-host of the Healthcare’s MissingLogic Podcast focused on unleashing the power of Polarity Thinking™ in healthcare and she’s a doctoral candidate in Interprofessional Healthcare Studies at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, IL.
Rhonda Campbell Duggan, BSN, RN, CCTC
Sr. Clinical Innovation Manger
Charlotte, NC Read Bio... Rhonda Campbell Duggan, MSN, RN, CCTC has been a Nephrology Nurse for over 25 years specializing in kidney transplantation, living donation, and peritoneal dialysis. I received my BSN from UNC-Charlotte and MSN with a concentration in Nursing Education from Liberty University. Throughout my 13 years on the kidney transplant team I started the Kidney Paired Donation Program (KPD) and developed the associated policy and procedures and delivered this education throughout the hospital system. Also during that time I served on the United Network for Organ Sharing Paired Donation Education Workgroup developing KPD educational materials. I also serve as a Content Reviewer for the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) Core Curriculum for Nephrology Nursing, 7th Edition, ANNA Nephrology Nursing Journal, and the ANNA Contemporary Nursing, 4th Edition as well as Facilitator for the National Infusion Nurse Advisory Board for Alexion Pharmaceuticals. Presentations on topics related to kidney transplantation, living donation, peritoneal dialysis, nursing leadership and atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome have been held at the local, regional and national levels.
Jessica Farrell, MSW, LCSW
Sr. Manager of Social Work Services
Renal Research Institute Read Bio... Jessica Farrell is the Senior Manager of Social Work Services for Renal Research Institute (RRI) where she provides general direction, guidance, leadership, and assistance to RRI’s social workers. Prior to joining RRI in 2015 as a clinical social worker in the Carolina Dialysis of Mebane Dialysis Clinic, Jessica served as a Clinical Social Worker for the Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Program at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina; a Nephrology Social Worker and Assistant Regional Social Worker at the DaVita Dialysis Center in Alexandria, Virginia. She also worked as a Medical Social Worker at the Craig Health Center in Richmond, and as Social Work Case Manager at Piedmont Geriatric Hospital in Burkeville, Virginia. Jessica received a master’s degree in Social Work – Clinical Concentration from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, and is a licensed clinical social worker in North Carolina, as well as a National Kidney Foundation (NKF), Certified Nephrology Social Worker. She is a member of the Social Work Advisory Board (SWAB), the Council of Nephrology Social Workers, and the NKF Nephrology Social Work Certification Committee (NSWC). Jessica currently serves as Chair of the SWAB Documentation Committee and is an Explore Transplant Master Trainer. Her main interest is the utilization of Motivational Interviewing to drive interventions and clinical outcomes in the dialysis and transplantation setting.
Roberto Pecoits-Filho, MD, PhD, FACP, FASN
Senior Research Scientist
Arbor Research Collaborative for Health Read Bio... Dr. Roberto Pecoits-Filho is a full professor of nephrology at the School of Medicine, Catholic University of Paraná and was the director of the PhD and Masters Programs in Health Sciences at the same University. Dr. Pecoits-Filho received his M.D. degree in 1993, trained in Internal Medicine and Nephrology in Curitiba and completed his nephrology fellowship at the University of Missouri, Columbia in 1997-98. He received a Ph.D. from the University of São Paulo and thereafter went to Sweden as a visiting scholar at the Karolinska Institutet from 1999 to 2002. In 2017 he a Visiting Professor at the George Institute for Global Health in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Pecoits is a National Leader of several clinical trials and coordinates the study CKDOPPS in Brazil. He sits on the Editorial Board of the Journals Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation, American Journal of Kidney Diseases, Peritoneal Dialysis International, and Blood Purification. He has published his research in over 200 papers in international indexed journals and lectured in over 35 countries around the world. He was awarded the prestigious Maher Award of the ISPD, the Young Nephrology Leader Award of the Global Kidney Academy and was an Education Ambassador of the ISN in Africa. He is currently an Executive Committee Member of the International Society of Nephrology and of KDIGO.
Fredric Finkelstein, MD
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Yale University School of Medicine Read Bio... Dr. Fredric Finkelstien is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Yale University. He has been caring for patients with CKD and ESKD for over 40 years and has his research has focused on improving the HRQOL and health care experience of these patients. He has worked extensively globally and is the immediate past chair of the CME Committee of the ISN and the International Liaison Committee of the ISPD.
Jenny Flythe, MD, MPH Associate Professor of Medicine University of North Carolina School of Medicine Read Bio... Dr. Flythe is a nephrologist and clinical investigator at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and Director of Dialysis Services at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, NC. She completed medical school at the UNC School of Medicine, internal medicine training at Oregon Health & Science University, and Nephrology fellowship training at the Brigham and Women's Hospital- Massachusetts General Hospital Combined Program. She earned her Master's in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Flythe conducts patient-centered qualitative, epidemiologic and prospective research aimed at improving outcomes and experiences of individuals living with advanced kidney disease.
Thomas Golper, MD, FACP, FASN
Professor of Medicine
Vanderbilt University Medical Center Read Bio... Thomas A. Golper, MD, FACP trained at Indiana University and the Oregon Health Sciences University, and currently is Professor of Medicine and Medical Director of the Home Dialysis Program (Nephrology, Diabetes, Hypertension) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Division of Nephrology. He has held positions on the Board of Directors of the RPA and AAKP, served as the PD Adequacy Work Group Chair for the first two versions of KDOQI, and remains on the Work Group. He led the Network 9 Peritonitis and Catheter Survival Study and has served on the ISPD Ad Hoc Committee for Peritonitis for many iterations of its guidelines. He was instrumental in the formation of the ISPD North American Research Consortium in Peritoneal Dialysis (NARC-PD). His interests remain in the field of dialysis and the administrative aspects of nephrology practice. He has published over 200 articles and chapters
Seth Johnson, RN, MSN, FNP
Regional Director of Training and Education
Renal Research Institute Read Bio... Seth Johnson received his basic Nursing Education in Ghana, West Africa, and moved to the United States in the late 80’s for further studies. Prior to coming to the U. S., Seth worked in various departments in Nursing including Emergency, Infectious Disease, endoscopy, and Urology. Seth Started his dialysis career as a registered nurse and worked in both Peritoneal and Hemodialysis. He received his nephrology nursing certificate in 1998 and later obtained a master’s Degree in nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Seth Joined the Renal Research Institute in June of 2006 as a quality and education manager. He is currently the Regional Director of Training and education. Seth is responsible for directing staff Education and plays a pivotal role in patient education, regulatory and quality initiatives.
Elsie Koh, MD, EMHL
American Endovascular and Amputation Prevention Read Bio... When Dr. Elsie Koh enters a field, she hits the metaphorical ball right out of the park. One of the first women in interventional radiology, when only 1% of doctors in the field were women, Elsie Koh, MD, EMHL (Executive Master in Healthcare Leadership) served as Medical Director, Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Regional Medical Officer, Medical Advisory Board member at Azura Vascular Care and Medical Officer of the corporate office in Waltham. She has recently joined as a physician leader of American Endovascular Care and Amputation Prevention in the New York tri-state area to further her career in interventional radiology. She was the first in the tri-state area to pioneer the breakthrough technology in endovascular fistula creation with the Ellipsys device which is gaining recognition as one of the two devices that are shifting how ESRD patients are receiving timely care using minimally invasive techniques that can be life-saving. Honored for pioneering work in her region, as a Physician of the Year Finalist in the NJ Biz Magazine Healthcare Hero Awards for 2019, Dr. Koh was acknowledged for her leadership and excellence in interventional radiology, her devotion to patient comfort, and her commitment to staff growth. Recently, she has founded the group “LEAD Physician” (LEADPhysician.org) an online virtual leadership program for physicians by physicians, to help empower physicians into positions of leadership by learning skills not taught in medical school and residency. Having learned from her own setbacks and failures, she wants to give back to the physician community who she feels has not been given the proper authority to lead the field and direction of our healthcare system.
Sacramento, CA Read Bio... I am a patient who has experienced all modalities In-Center, PD, HHD as well the gift of life a heart and kidney transplant. My Dialysis journey provides insight of my personal experience and how the benefits of home therapy helped me get my life. My passion now is to be a source of experience for patients as Paid Patient Advocate in order for them to reclaim to their lifes we the many benefits of home therapy.
Matthew Oliver, MD, MHS, FRCPC
University of Toronto Read Bio... Matthew Oliver an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He received his medical degree from Western University, his nephrology fellowship from McMaster University and a master’s degree from Duke University. He is the medical director of peritoneal dialysis at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Canada. He is the current President of the North American Chapter of the International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis. He is the co-principal investigator of the North American PD catheter registry.
Dean Preddie, MD
Azura Vascular Care Read Bio... Dean C. Preddie, MD is a board certified interventional nephrologist specializing in dialysis access management. Dr. Preddie is the Medical Director of American Access Care of Brooklyn, in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Preddie earned both his masters and medical degrees at Washington University in St. Louis and completed internal medicine residency training at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. After completing subspecialty training in nephrology at Columbia University in New York City, he joined their faculty as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, specializing in glomerular diseases, hypertension and critical care, as well as acute and chronic dialysis management. Dr. Preddie’s commitment to improving vascular access options for his dialysis patients led him to undergo training with Dr. Gregg Miller, MD, an expert in dialysis vascular access care. He continued to hone his interventional skills with Dr. Miller while maintaining his clinical responsibilities at Columbia University before joining this organization on a full-time basis, focusing on maintaining proper function of dialysis accesses and supporting the physician training program in both the Brooklyn and Manhattan offices. Dr. Preddie maintains an appointment as an adjunct clinical professor of medicine in the Columbia University Division of Nephrology. He is a member of the American and International Societies of Nephrology as well as the American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology.
Anne Preston, BSN, RN, CNN
Azura Vascular Care Read Bio... Anne Preston is a Senior Director with Azura Vascular Care. She has been a member an officer of the American Nephrology Nurses Association for more than 20 years.The National Association of Nephrology Technologist awarded her the James T. Boag for Lifetime Achievement in March of 2020. She continues to present and create educational programs for dialysis staff to improve dialysis access care and management for ESRD patients.
Lillian Pryor, MSN, RN, CNN
Renal Clinic Nurse
Atlanta, VA Read Bio... I have practiced as a Nephrology Nurse for over 25 years. Throughout my career, I have served in different roles, and am currently serving as the Renal Clinic Nurse at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. My responsibilities include screening pre-ESRD patients/ veterans and providing education for patients with CKD. I am a published author and have contributed articles to the Nephrology Nursing Journal and chapters in both the Core Curriculum and Contemporary Nephrology Nursing most recent editions. I currently serve as President of the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA).
Anne Pugh, MSW, LCSW
Patient Services Manager
Health Services Advisory Group Read Bio... Anne Frances Pugh, MSW, LCSW is a Patient Services Manager at Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG) End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Network 17, a contractor with Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare, including 7 years of Patient Services and Quality Improvement work for the Networks. She is also a skilled Perinatal Social Worker, employed by Sutter Heath’s Alta Bates Summit Hospital in Berkeley, CA. Ms. Pugh’s extensive knowledge of the Federal ESRD Conditions for Coverage allows her to facilitate quality care for ESRD patients, by applying the standards set by the CMS regulations. Ms. Pugh worked as a dialysis social worker for 13 years which has honed the assessment and mediation skills she uses to work with patients, staff, and family members. Ms. Pugh specializes in facilitating patient and family adjustment to changes in health status, with an emphasis on trauma-informed care. She helps clinical teams to improve their processes through practice redesign and mentorship by using her bio-psychological knowledge in chronic disease and change management. In both crisis and support situations, she always strives to meet the patient and their family “where they are at,” focusing on continuity of care, quality of life, discharge planning, patient empowerment, helping patients achieve their goals, and the avoidance of hospitalization, morbidity, and mortality in the ESRD population. Ms. Pugh takes pride in working with all facets of the ESRD community to improve life for patients wherever she can.
Angela D. Taylor-Smith
Home Therapies RN
Fresenius Kidney Care Read Bio... Angela Taylor-Smith, a registered nurse for over 24 years. Angela graduated from Meridian Huron School of Nursing in Cleveland Ohio. As a young nurse, she worked in various healthcare settings and supervisory roles. She later obtained her BSN Honor degree and Certification in Nephrology Nursing after moving to Georgia. Mrs. Taylor-Smith currently specialize in nephrology for over 20 years and has been working in home dialysis for over 16 years at Fresenius Kidney Care. Angela is a member of American Nursing Association (ANA) and American Nephrology Nursing Association (ANNA) She completed her 2 years term serving on ANNA Board of Directors and now serving as Chairperson elect for the Awards and Scholarship Committee. Angela has also served various volunteer roles with ANNA and 3 years as chapter president for her local ANNA chapter.
Leah Foster Smith
MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, FNKF
Metrolina Nephrology Associates Read Bio... Leah Foster Smith received her BSN & MSN-FNP from University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1996 & 2001, respectively. She joined Metrolina Nephrology Associates, based in Charlotte, NC, in 2001 as an ANCC Board-certified FNP. Leah was promoted to Director of Advanced Practitioners in 2007 and now supervises Supervising the largest group of nephrology APs in the US with a total of 30 Nephrology Advanced Practitioners. She became a Certified Nephrology Nurse Practitioner with highest exam scorer in US in 2017 as well as a Fellow of the NKF. She is also AP practice consultant with Clear Edge Medical Management assisting multiple nephrology practice in the utilization of nephrology APs, AP-led CKD clinics, focused dialysis rounding models and AP leadership in nephrology practice settings. Leah is also the creator and chair of formalized CKD program managing over 22,000 CKD patients along with a development of a formalized new nephrology AP training program that includes both clinical and didactic courses assisting new nephrology APs integrate into nephrology practice settings. Leah is now owner and Chief Education Officer in Interactive Nephrology providing educational support for nephrology practices and APs across the country. She also serves as practice lead in the legacy Charlotte ESCO with Fresenius Health Partner. Leah currently serves in many national nephrology organizations at local, state and national levels. She is involved with ANNA at the chapter level currently serving as Greater Charlotte Chapter Health Policy Representative with previous local/state roles of President, President Elect & Secretary of the Greater Charlotte Chapter and member of the NC ANNA Collaborative Meeting Planning Committee. She also serves ANNA nationally on the ANNA National Nominations Commiteee, ANNA Conferences Committee, ANNA Advancing American Kidney Health Initiative Workgroup & ANNA Health Policy Workgroup. She is also the current editor for Part 3 ‘The APRN’s Approaches to Care in Nephrology’ in the ANNA Core Curriculum 7th Edition along with Co-Author ‘Approaches to Care by the APRN in Hemodialysis’ due out 2020. Leah is involved with NKF with her current role as Chair of the National Council of APs and member of the NC Medical Advisory Board. She has previous roles with NKF including Council of APs Chair-Elect and Secretary along with NKF NC Board member. Leah also serves the RPA nationally as the only AP member of the Faculty Workgroup for the RPA Project on Real-World Management of Hyperkalemia, RPA Clinical Practice Committee and RPA Annual Meeting Conferences Committee. Leah serves with the Renal Research Institute Nurse Care Team Planning Committee. She also serves as a member of the Fresenius Kidney Care Provider Advisory Council on Technology and Fresenius Physician Solutions Medical Advisory Committee member. She has previously served on the Technical Expert Panel for the Coalition for Supportive Care of Kidney Patients, Rogosin Institute’s Roundtable on The Future of Nephrology Nursing and on the Advanced Practice (CNN-NP) Exam Angoff Procedure Committee for NNCC. She has been a national presenter at multiple conferences for ANNA, RPA, NKF, RRI, NC Medical Society and NC NP Symposium.
Murat Sor, MD
Azura Vascular Care Read Bio... A graduate of George Washington University, Murat Sor is board certified by the American Board of Radiology, with subspecialty certification in interventional radiology. He is an assistant professor at Georgetown University Hospital’s Interventional Radiology Fellowship program. For the past 4 years he has served as the CMO of Azura Vascular Care as well as a medical officer of Fresenius Medical Care North America. In addition to his role as the CMO of Azura Vascular he is the Medical Director of HealthQare Associates, an Azura affiliated center, where he continues his clinical practice of interventional radiology.
Felicia Speed, LMSW
VP of Social Work
Fresenius Medical Care Read Bio... Felicia Speed is the Vice President of Social Work Services for Fresenius Kidney Care, a dialysis company. She provides oversight and guidance to social workers across the country. She has been working as a dialysis social worker in various capacities for almost 20 years. After obtaining her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Winthrop University and Masters in Social Work from the University of Georgia in 1999, she gladly accepted a position as dialysis social worker in Anderson Dialysis Clinic. Since that time, she has dedicated her career to addressing psychosocial barriers among dialysis patients with kidney failure by improving social work competency. Felicia has also been successful in collaborating with Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to improve patient-provider relationships. Yet, if anyone ever ask her what she deems her greatest accomplishment in her career, her response is simply improving the quality of life of a dialysis patient.
Terry Sullivan, RN, BSN, MA
Vice President and Executive Director
Renal Research Institute Read Bio... Terry Sullivan is the Vice President and Executive Director of Operations for the Renal Research Institute. She is a Registered Nurse with a master’s degree in Nursing and has over 25 years of experience in managing ESRD programs. Prior to joining RRI, Terry held senior management positions with Renal Care Group, National Nephrology Associates and the Renex Corporation and was actively involved as each was acquired by a larger organization. Terry was the Vice President for Dialysis, Renal Transplant and Diabetes service lines for the Saint Barnabas Healthcare System in New Jersey and served as a member of the Board of Directors for the New Jersey Organ and Tissue Sharing Network. Terry worked for Cobe Laboratories, in both the Hemodialysis division and the Blood Component Technology division, and has had direct experience in overseeing Medicare Surveys in eight states In her current position, in addition to providing patient care, RRI’s 20 clinics play a critical role and are a valuable resource enabling the Fresenius Medical Care Renal Therapies Group to efficiently explore innovative technologies, new therapies, and treatment methods. Terry works closely with the research and manufacturing divisions of Fresenius Medical Care where RRI’s clinics serve as the platform for product and process development, and improvement of therapies.
Michelle Troseth, MSN, RN, FNAP, FAAN
MissingLogic, LLC Read Bio... Michelle Troseth, MSN, RN, FNAP, FAAN is the co-founder of MissingLogic, LLC, a company dedicated to transforming healthcare organizations into healthy healing organizations and leaders into Resilient and Balanced Healthcare Leaders. Michelle is the co-host of the Healthcare’s MissingLogic Podcast, a podcast focused on unleashing the power of Polarity Thinking™ in healthcare. She is a founding member of the West Michigan Kidney Foundation and the immediate past president of the National Academies of Practice (NAP) representing 14 different health professions to advance interprofessional care in the U.S. Michelle has held industry and national leadership roles to advance professional practice in healthcare settings across North America. Michelle is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
Susan Walker, RN
Azura Vascular Care Read Bio... I was raised in a military family, moving every couple years growing up so do not really have a hometown. I met my husband in Atlanta and moved to his home in Vermont with our two children in 1998. We lived in Vermont for 13 years prior to our coming to Charlotte in 2011 so that feels like home to me. I currently live in Charlotte with my husband and two dogs. Our children are grown and live in Boston, MA. I became a Registered Nurse sixteen years ago after enjoying being an 8th grade science teacher as my first career. I spent eight years as an ICU nurse before joining Metrolina Vascular Care in 2011 as the manager for two outpatient, vascular surgery centers in Charlotte, NC. Two years ago, I took on the role of Territory Manager for the vascular centers, acting as the liaison between our centers and the dialysis population we serve through vascular access education and monitoring support. I am an avid reader, love being with my dogs, and enjoy relaxing time on the patio. My Achilles heel is candy… After my kidney donation in February, I was fortunate to be a part of the inaugural group launching the first chapter of WELD (WoMen Encouraging Living Donation) in Charlotte, NC. I am active in the groups efforts to educate our community regarding living donation. I am thankful that this has been my path and look forward to remaining an active part of the mission to support and encourage living donation!
Amy Waterman, PhD
Professor of Medicine
University of California Los Angeles Read Bio... Amy D. Waterman, Ph.D., is a national transplant innovator and a Professor in Residence at the University of California, Los Angeles within the Division of Nephrology. She is the Director of the Transplant Research and Education Center (TREC) and Deputy Director of the Terasaki Research Institute. In addition to many national transplant leadership positions, Dr. Waterman is a Fellow of the American Society of Transplantation and serves as the Research Committee Chair for the National Kidney Registry. In 2019, she received the American Society of Transplantation (AST) Clinician of Distinction Award. In 2018, she received the ClearMark Award of Distinction from the Center for Plain Language for her interactive digital application, My Transplant Coach, as well as a National Health Information Merit Award for two educational initiatives developed by Explore Transplant, a nonprofit consortium Dr. Waterman founded. Through her research and educational initiatives, Dr. Waterman seeks to 1) understand the critical, modifiable patient, provider, and system barriers to kidney donation and 2) design interventions to overcome them. The mission of her laboratory, TREC, is to inspire and educate people about kidney transplantation and living donation and reduce racial/socioeconomic disparities in transplant; its vision is to increase transplant and living donation rates and solve the kidney donor shortage. TREC focuses on translating the findings from effective clinical trials into everyday practice through collaboration with healthcare providers, transplant leaders, and policymakers. Dr. Waterman’s research has been supported by over $25 million in federal grants, and she has authored over 100 research articles and book chapters. She has designed 13 educational programs to help patients and potential living donors make informed transplant decisions. These programs have been disseminated to patients in hundreds of dialysis and transplant settings in the United States, Canada, and South Africa, in multiple languages. She consults internationally on the design of kidney transplant education. In 2016, Dr. Waterman was invited to the White House Organ Donation Summit as a keynote speaker to launch the United Network of Organ Sharing’s (UNOS) Kidney Transplant Learning Center. She led a panel of kidney and transplant organizations, education researchers, and health-literacy experts in establishing a national, web-based clearinghouse of educational resources about transplant, which launched to the public in early 2018. Dr. Waterman is driven by three core beliefs: (1) transplant-eligible kidney patients deserve to make informed choices about their treatment options, especially deceased- or living-donor transplantation; (2) there are many generous people who might become deceased and living kidney donors, but they need to learn what donation involves; (3) if we all work together – kidney patients, their families and communities, and kidney healthcare professionals – our collaborative efforts can reduce the national kidney donor shortage and increase the number of people living longer with the benefit of kidney transplants.
Siqin Ye, MD, MS Associate Chief Medical Officer Columbia Doctors Read Bio... Dr. Siqin (Kye) Ye is the Associate Chief Medical Officer for ColumbiaDoctors, the faculty practice of Columbia University Irving Medical Center. He oversees telemedicine and population health programs for ColumbiaDoctors, and recently led successful telehealth implementation for Columbia across all major specialty areas at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in New York City. He is an Assistant Professor in Medicine in the Division of Cardiology, has conducted NIH funded research focused on informatics and cardiovascular quality and outcomes, and continues to practice as a general cardiologist.
Lenar Yessayan, MD
Medical Director, Acute Hemodialysis
University of Michigan Read Bio... Dr. Yessayan received his bachelor of science in biology and his medical degree from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. He received his Master of Science in Clinical Research Design and Data Analysis from the University of Michigan in 2013. Dr. Yessayan completed his Internal Medicine Residency and Nephrology and Critical Care Fellowships at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He has been practicing Nephrology and Critical Care Medicine since 2009. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Nephrology, and Critical Care Medicine. His research interests lie in the fields of acute kidney injury, hemodynamic monitoring, medical device therapies to treat systemic inflammatory conditions and development of effluent sensing technologies for real-time monitoring of solutes during extracorporeal therapies.