UCLA Division Chief Elected National Kidney Foundation President

New York, NY (October 24, 1998) - Joel D. Kopple, MD, chief of the division of nephrology and hypertension at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California, was elected by the trustees of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) as president during their annual meeting held here today. He is also professor of medicine and public health at the UCLA School of Medicine.

Active in the National Kidney Foundation's professional education and scientific divisions, Dr. Kopple served as chairman of NKF's Scientific Advisory Board and as a member of the Research Endowment Board. On the local level, he served in numerous leadership capacities, including chairman of the National Kidney Foundation of Southern California's Medical Advisory Board.

As president, Dr. Kopple plans to focus on expanding the foundation's research funding and enhancing its professional education programs, particularly in the international arena. He also plans to finalize the publication and distribution of practice guidelines for nutritional therapy of maintenance dialysis patients, an effort that he has headed as part of the National Kidney Foundation's Dialysis Outcomes Quality Initiative.

Dr. Kopple has written many scientific and professional papers and edited one book and many proceedings of scientific journals. He is currently editorial reviewer for many scientific journals. He has been involved in numerous programs and panels for the National Institutes of Health, most recently to address critical issues in the care of the dialysis patient. Dr. Kopple is a member of the American Society for Clincial Investigation, International Society of Nephrology, American Institute of Nutrition and the Association of American Physicians.

Dr. Kopple received his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and his post-graduate training at the Veteran's Association Wadsworth Medical Center.

The National Kidney Foundation is dedicated to preventing and treating kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation.