National Kidney Foundation Names Chief Medical Officer

New York, NY (November 7, 2005) - The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) announced today the appointment of Joseph A. Vassalotti, MD, FASN, as its Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Vassalotti, who is currently Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, will join the NKF staff in January of 2006.

"This is a new position on the NKF staff reflecting the growth and increasing sophistication of the Foundation's medical programs and the need for strong internal medical resources," says John Davis, NKF’s Chief Executive Officer.

“We are very pleased to have recruited an individual with Joe’s obvious qualifications as a clinician, teacher and researcher. He will make a wonderful addition to our staff and help guide us to even greater achievements in medical programming,” continues Davis.

Dr. Vassalotti’s responsibilities will include medical oversight of the operations of NKF’s Kidney Early Evaluation Program which identifies early chronic kidney disease in high risk individuals. He will play a major role in the development and evaluation of professional education programs and materials produced by NKF’s Kidney Learning System and work closely with NKF’s medical leadership and Scientific Advisory Board on the full range of NKF’s medical programs.

“We welcome Joe Vassalotti to NKF and look forward to working closely with him. Our growth as an organization requires our staff to have an experienced and expert nephrologist to work with on a daily basis. Our volunteer medical leaders also will benefit from Joe’s knowledge as we formulate policies for the organization,” says David Warnock, MD, NKF's President.

Dr. Vassalotti holds a BS in Biochemistry from Hofstra University and an MD from SUNY Stony Brook. He served his Residency and Nephrology Fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He also was on the staff of George Washington University Medical Center and the District of Columbia Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

The National Kidney Foundation, a major voluntary nonprofit health organization, is dedicated to preventing kidney disease, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by kidney disease and increasing the availability of kidneys for transplantation. For more information, visit