Prominent Nephrologist Named to National Kidney Foundation Board of Directors

New York, NY (August 6, 2014) – Michael Choi, MD of Ellicott City, Maryland has been named to the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Board of Directors.

Dr. Choi is Associate Professor of Medicine and Clinical Director of Nephrology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He also serves as the editor of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN) and serves as the Vice Chairman of Education for the Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (KDOQI). Dr. Choi received his undergraduate degree from Yale University, his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and completed his nephrology fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania.

"Over 26 million Americans are living with kidney disease and most don't know it. The NKF is working hard to change that and recently launched the NKF Primary Care Initiative, a national effort to identify and overcome barriers to CKD testing, detection and management in the primary care setting," says Dr. Choi. "As a board member, I am committed to advocating on behalf of kidney patients and ensuring that those with kidney disease and at risk for kidney disease receive the best possible kidney care."

Dr. Choi has previously spearheaded many NKF educational efforts. In addition to serving on the KDOQI Board of Directors, he has served as former Chair of the Spring Clinical Meetings, the NKF's annual multidisciplinary conference to update healthcare professionals on the latest in kidney care.

"Dr. Choi is dedicated to improving the lives of those with kidney disease and has been committed to NKF's work for many years now," says Bruce Skyer, Chief Executive Officer of the National Kidney Foundation. "His medical and research background, coupled with his expertise in disseminating and implementing Clinical Practice Guidelines, will be an asset as we advance the NKF's mission to combat the current obstacles to diagnosing and treating those with early stage kidney disease and those at risk."

The National Kidney Foundation 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