Dr. Shari M. Ling of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Receives Inaugural Public Service Award from National Kidney Foundation

Orlando, FL—April 19, 2017—Shari M. Ling, MD has been selected to receive the first-ever Public Service Award from the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) at its 26th annual Spring Clinical Meetings held in Orlando, Florida.  Dr. Ling currently serves as the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Medical Officer in the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ). 
“Dr. Ling has been an innovative leader in improving outcomes for people with kidney disease and promoting patient-centered care,” said Michael Choi, MD, President and Chair, NKF Scientific Advisory Board.  “Under Dr. Ling’s leadership, the team at the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality has brought together other staff across the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and other federal agencies to work on policies, programs and initiatives that engage kidney patients and improve the quality of care they receive.” 
In her role at CMS, Dr. Ling assists the CMS Chief Medical Officer in the agency's pursuit of better health care, healthier populations and smarter spending. Dr. Ling's committed focus is on the achievement of meaningful health outcomes for patients and families through the delivery of high quality, person-centered care, across all care settings. Her clinical focus and scientific interest is in the care of persons with dementia, multiple chronic conditions and functional limitations.
Dr. Ling represents CMS on several Health and Human Services (HHS) efforts. She leads the Clinical Services federal workgroup for the National Alzheimer's Project Plan, and represents CMS on the workgroups to eliminate and prevent Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) and the National Strategy to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance.
“I am honored to receive this award on behalf of the team here at CMS,” said Shari M. Ling, MD, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “We appreciate the National Kidney Foundation's commitment to advance awareness, prevention and effective management of kidney disease.  This work is extremely important and impactful. We look forward to continuing our work together as we collectively drive improvements in care that results in better health outcomes for the people we serve.”
The Public Service Award was established to honor those who have dedicated their careers to public service and who have helped to shape public policies or government programs that improve outcomes for kidney patients.  The award will be presented during the National Kidney Foundation 2017 Spring Clinical Meetings in Orlando, FL from April 18-22. 
For the past 26 years, nephrology healthcare professionals from across the country have come to the NKF Spring Clinical Meetings to learn about the newest developments related to all aspects of nephrology practice, network with colleagues, and present their research findings. The NKF Spring Clinical Meetings are designed for meaningful change in the multidisciplinary healthcare teams’ skills, performance, and patient health outcomes.  It is the only conference of its kind that focuses on translating science into practice for the entire healthcare team.  
Kidney Disease Facts
1 in 3 American adults is at risk for kidney disease.  26 million American adults have kidney disease—and most aren’t aware of it.  Risk factors for kidney disease include diabetes, high blood pressure, family history, and age 60+.  People of African American; Hispanic; Native American; Asian; or Pacific Islander descent are at increased risk for developing the disease.  African Americans are 3 ½ times more likely, and Hispanics 1 ½ times more likely, to experience kidney failure.

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest, most comprehensive and longstanding organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney diseaseFor more information about NKF visit www.kidney.org