The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) welcomed its new President and President‐Elect during the society's 43rd Annual Meeting & Scientific Exposition in Denver:
• Joseph V. Bonventre, MD, PhD, of Brigham and Women's Hospital, is the society's new President. During his term, Dr. Bonventre aims to lead ASN into a more proactive role in the public forum and address the need to increase the nephrology workforce.
“It's critically important to get more people interested in working on the kidney and treating patients with kidney disease,” he said in a news release. “I think we have only scratched the surface in thinking about innovative ways to address that challenge.”
Dr. Bonventre studies mechanisms of cellular and tissue injury and repair in the kidney, with a focus on infl ammation, biomarkers, stem cells, and the determinants of abnormal repair that lead to chronic kidney disease.
• Ronald J. Falk, MD, of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, is President‐Elect. Dr. Falk's work focuses on immune‐mediated kidney diseases, with a goal of elucidating the causes of antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)‐associated necrotizing and crescentic glomerulonephritis.
Suhail Ahmad, MD, Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington, was named Chief Medical Officer of Northwest Kidney Centers, succeeding John Stivelman, MD, who becomes Emeritus Chief Medical Officer and Senior Medical Director.
Dr. Ahmad has served as Director of Inpatient Dialysis at the University of Washington Medical Center for more than two decades, and he will remain in his current role as Medical Director of Northwest Kidney Centers' Scribner Kidney Center. Dr. Ahmad's research focuses on dialysis technology, hypertension, volume management, and liverkidney dialysis.
As Senior Medical Director, Dr. Stivelman will focus on professional education and public policy. In addition, he will continue in his roles as Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology at the University of Washington and Medical Director of Northwest Kidney Centers' Broadway Kidney Center.
Stephen McMurray, MD, was named Vice President of Clinical Integrated Services for DaVita. In this role, he will focus primarily on DaVita's VillageHealth programs, which center on total patient care. Most recently, Dr. McMurray served as Medical Director for Integrated Care, North America, at Fresenius Medical Care.
Renal CarePartners of Woodbridge, VA, was recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for its work in preventing serious health care‐associated infections in dialysis patients. Since September 2009, the facility's staff has worked in a national collaborative to reduce bloodstream infections. The collaborative is a partnership between hemodialysis providers, the CDC, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Mid‐Atlantic Renal Coalition.
© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.