Healthcare Executive Appointed to National Kidney Foundation Board of Directors

New York, NY (March 13, 2013) – Jim Elkin of Oakton, Virginia has been elected to the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Board of Directors.

Elkin recently retired from Novartis Corporation after a 36 year career at the company. During his tenure at Novartis, he held multiple senior management positions, including Vice President and Head of US Public Affairs, most recently. Elkin received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Iowa State University.

"One in three American adults is at risk for developing kidney disease, but most don't know it", says Elkin. "I am committed to the Foundation's focus on awareness, prevention and treatment and eager to get the word out about this silent epidemic. We must educate those at risk about the importance of detecting kidney disease early in order to help people protect their kidneys and prevent further damage."

As a board member for the National Kidney Foundation Serving the National Capital Area, Elkin has chaired thirteen consecutive Northern Virginia NKF golf tournaments and has raised over $2.8 million.

"Professionally, Mr. Elkin has been widely recognized for his leadership and he is well-positioned to represent the NKF and to steer the organization towards accomplishing its ambitious goals," says Ed Walter, NKF Board Chairman. "Mr. Elkin has already demonstrated his deep commitment to the kidney cause on the local level and we look forward to his participation nationally."

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and their families and tens of millions of Americans at risk. For more information, visit