National Kidney Foundation Names New KEEP Steering Committee

New York, NY (March 17, 2011) – A new steering committee has been appointed to lead the National Kidney Foundation's Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP), the foundation announced today. The new group is chaired by Peter A. McCullough, MD, MPH of St. John Providence Health System. The Vice Chairman is Adam Whaley-Connell, DO, MSPH of University of Missouri.

KEEP offers free screenings in cities around the country to anyone at risk for kidney disease—those with high blood pressure, diabetes or a family history of kidney failure. It is the nation's largest and most successful chronic disease screening program and has touched the lives of nearly a quarter of a million Americans since its inception in 2000. KEEP screens kidney function through a variety of tests, including blood, blood pressure and urine.

"KEEP has contributed greatly to the advancement of our knowledge concerning chronic kidney disease among Americans," says Dr. McCullough, who served as a member of the Committee for the last decade. "Since the methods of KEEP touch obesity, diabetes, hypertension, kidney, and heart disease, this program is positioned to expand its reach across the globe and improve the health and awareness of individuals at risk for these common medical problems."

The new committee will look to expand KEEP and its impact through screening special populations, create a biorepository for the development of new tests and therapies for kidney disease, and link its data with other national databases such as the United States Renal Data System (USRDS) to allow for more research on how kidney disease contributes to the overall provision of care.

The committee members include:

Andrew Bomback, MD, MPH of Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
Linda Fried, MD, MPH of VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Claudine Jurkovitz, MD, MPH of Christiana Care Health System, Newark, DE
Mikhail Kosiborod, MD, FACC, FAHA of University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO
Samy McFarlane, MD, MPH, FACP of SUNY Downstate, Brooklyn, NY
Rajnish Mehrotra, MD of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA
Keith Norris, MD of Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles, CA
Rulan Savita Parekh, MD, FASN of the Division of Nephrology, Hospital for Sick Children and University Health Network and University of Toronto, Canada
Carmen A. Peralta, MD, MAS of University of California, San Francisco, CA
Georges Saab MD of Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
Stephen Seliger, MD, MS of University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Michael Shlipak, MD, MPH of Univeristy of California San Francisco and SF VA Medical Center, San Francisco, CA
Lesley Stevens, MD, MS of Tufts-New England Medical Center, Boston, MA
Manjula Kurella Tamura, MD, MPH of Stanford University and VA Palo Alto, Palo Alto, CA
John Wang, MD, PhD of the Rogosin Institute, New York, NY

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