National Kidney Foundation Appoints New President-Elect

New York, NY (February 28, 2013) – Jeffrey S. Berns, MD of Philadelphia was named President-Elect of the National Kidney Foundation, Inc. (NKF).

Dr. Berns is currently Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania where he is Associate Chief of the Renal, Electrolyte, and Hypertension Division, Director of the Nephrology Fellowship Training Program, and Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education.

Dr. Berns is the Vice Chair of Guideline and Commentaries for the NKF's Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (KDOQI). He also served on the KDOQI workgroup that developed clinical practice guidelines to treat anemia. Dr. Berns' research interests include chronic kidney disease treatment, anemia of chronic kidney disease, glomerular diseases, and critical care nephrology.

Dr. Berns attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland. This was followed by a nephrology fellowship at Yale University and Yale-New Haven Hospital after which he was in private practice for 12 years before joining the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

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