Scientific Advisory Board

The National Kidney Foundation's Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) is made up of physicians, scientists and other health professionals and provides advice and guidance to the President on NKF's activities related to medicine and health. The duties of the NKF Scientific Advisory Board include:

  • Reviewing and approving documents and educational materials submitted by NKF staff or volunteers to assure accuracy, validity and the non-baised nature of its content.
  • Overseeing the Foundation's scientific publications and providing guidance regarding their overall direction and position within the scientific community.
  • Overseeing the NKF bio-medical research program and professional education activities.

Beth M. Piraino, MD, FNKF – Chair
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Bryan N. Becker, MD, FNKF
University of Illinois College of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Jeffrey S. Berns, MD, FNKF
University of Pennsylvania Health System
Philadelphia, PA

Chet Fox, MD, FNKF
Jefferson Family Medicine
Buffalo, NY

Lesley Inker, MD
Tufts Medical Center
Boston, MA

Charmaine Lok, MD, FRCPC, FNKF
University of Toronto
Toronto General Hospital
Toronto, On. 

Andrew S. Levey, MD, FNKF
Tufts Medical Center
Boston, MA

Peter McCullough, MD, FNKF
St. John Providence Health System,
Providence Park Heart Institute
Novi, MI

Paul Palevsky, MD, FNKF, FNKF
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
Pittsburgh, PA

Stephen Pastan, MD, FNKF
Emory Transplant Center
Atlanta, GA

Michael V. Rocco, MD, MS, FACP, FNKF
Wake Forest U School of Medicine
Winston Salem, NC

Sylvia E. Rosas, MD, FNKF
Joslin Diabetes Center
Boston, MA

Barry M. Straube, MD
Baltimore, MD

Lynda A. Szczech, MD, MSCE, FNKF
Durham Nephrology Associates
Durham, NC

National Staff:

Kerry Willis, PhD
National Kidney Foundation
New York, NY

Joseph Vassalotti, MD, FNKF
National Kidney Foundation
New York, NY