Leading Transplant Surgeon Appointed to National Kidney Foundation Board of Directors

New York, NY (July 24, 2014) - Matthew Cooper, MD of Columbia, Maryland has been named to the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Board of Directors.

Dr. Cooper is Professor of Surgery at Georgetown School of Medicine and the Director of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation at the Medstar Georgetown Transplant Institute which operates centers at both Medstar Georgetown University Hospital and Medstar Washington Hospital Center in Washington D.C. He also serves on the Board of the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS). He received his medical degree from the Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed his surgical transplant training at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Johns Hopkins Hospital.

"In the United States, 122,000 people are currently waiting for lifesaving organ transplants. Of these, more than 100,000 await kidney transplants," says Dr. Cooper. "The NKF is the major patient voice for those living with kidney disease and those seeking transplantation, and I am committed to working with the Foundation to serve and advocate on behalf of kidney patients and their families."

Dr. Cooper has participated in previous NKF transplant and public policy initiatives and seeks to address the national organ shortage through new NKF programming.

"In addition to lending his expertise to the NKF's national initiatives, Dr. Cooper has been active with the NKF in the local Baltimore and Washington areas for nearly a decade, serving as a board member," says Bruce Skyer, Chief Executive Officer of the National Kidney Foundation. "His personal experience as a healthcare provider, along with his commitment to serving patients, makes him an ideal ambassador to advance the NKF's mission and goals."

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 www.kidney.org.