Cleveland Clinic Surgeon Named to National Kidney Foundation Board of Directors

Monday, May 23, 2016, Cleveland: Charles Modlin, MD, MBA, has been named to the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Board of Directors.

Dr. Modlin, a kidney transplant surgeon and urologist, is Founder and Director of the Minority Men’s Health Center of Cleveland Clinic's Glickman Urological Institute, and Executive Director of Minority Health for Cleveland Clinic.

“Dr. Charles Modlin’s persistent focus and vast experience in targeting the most at-risk population for developing chronic kidney disease—minority communities—serves as an example to the rest of the country of how early detection can lead to better patient outcomes,” said Kevin Longino, CEO of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF).  “His expertise in this area will greatly impact the foundation’s programs across departments; and we are honored to welcome Dr. Modlin to our national Board of Directors,” he added. 

 “I am proud to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Kidney Foundation so that I can play a more integral role nationally in helping promote and execute the Mission of the Foundation,” said Dr. Modlin. “Unfortunately, the number of people who are developing advanced kidney disease and in need of a kidney transplant is exploding. We, as healthcare providers, must therefore promote prevention and early detection of kidney disease.”

Dr. Modlin has been very active at the local level in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio and has served on the local Board of the National Kidney Foundation. In 2015, he served as Chair of the Northeast Ohio Kidney Walk and will again this year. In 2015, he also embarked on a personal 26-mile walk to raise awareness of kidney disease for the 26 million Americans who are afflicted and the estimated one in three Americans at risk, and to raise awareness regarding the work and mission of the National Kidney Foundation.

“My goal is to raise awareness, in particular in the African American and minority communities, regarding the importance of screenings for kidney disease, early detection of kidney disease, as well as the importance of organ donation, including educating society about the benefits of living kidney donation over deceased kidney transplantation.”

The National Kidney Foundation is dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease. 

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