Physician Spokespeople

NKF has a number of expert spokespeople available for interviews on a variety of kidney and transplantation-related topics. If you are interested in contacting any of the experts profiled below, please get in touch with the NKF Public Relations Department at 800-622-9010, x. 235, or click here

Joseph A. Vassalotti, MD

Dr. Vassalotti is the National Kidney Foundation's Chief Medical Officer. He also currently serves on the clinical faculty of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

His areas of expertise include nephrology, hypertension, dialysis, acute renal failure, kidney stone disease and chronic kidney disease.

Leslie Spry, MD, FACP, FNKF

Dr. Spry practices consultative nephrology and is the medical director of the Dialysis Center of Lincoln in Lincoln, Nebraska. Dr. Spry is also an active member of the National Kidney Foundation's Public Policy Committee and regular contributor to The Huffington Post.

His areas of expertise include kidney-related healthcare policy issues, nephrology, hypertension, dialysis, acute renal failure, kidney stone disease, kidney transplantation and chronic kidney disease.

Beth Piraino, MD, FNKF

Dr. Piraino is the current National Kidney Foundation President and a Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Her areas of expertise include chronic kidney disease of all stages, in center hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, home hemodialysis, polycystic kidney disease, renal transplantation, hypertension, and renal stone disease.

Stephen Pastan, MD

Dr. Pastan is a member of the National Kidney Foundation's Board of Directors and Scientific Advisory Board. He serves as Medical Director of the Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program at the Emory Transplant Center. He is also an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine.

His areas of expertise include internal medicine, nephrology, and transplantation.