Physician Spokespeople

NKF has a number of expert spokespeople available for interviews on a variety of kidney and transplantation-related topics. If you are interested in contacting any of the experts profiled below, please get in touch with the NKF Public Relations Department at 800-622-9010 ext.235, or click here.

Jeffrey Berns, MD, FNKF

Dr. Berns serves as the President of the National Kidney Foundation. He 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.

Michael J. Choi, MD, FNKF

Dr. Choi serves as the President-elect of the National Kidney Foundation. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where he is the Clinical Director. He is the Co-Chair of the NKF Education Committee. He has been an author on both the KDOQI US Commentary on the 2012 KDIGO clinical practice guideline for glomerulonephritis and the National Kidney Foundation Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative. Practical Approach to Detection and Management of Chronic Kidney Disease for the Primary Care Clinician.

His areas of clinical expertise include: glomerular diseases, chronic kidney disease, electrolyte and acid base disturbances, and kidney stones.

Stephen Pastan, MD

Dr. Pastan is a member of the National Kidney Foundation's Board of Directors and Scientific Advisory Board. He serves as Medical Director of the Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program at the Emory Transplant Center. He is also an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine.

His areas of expertise include internal medicine, nephrology, and transplantation.

Beth Piraino, MD, FNKF

Dr. Piraino previously served as President of the National Kidney Foundation and is currently a Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Her areas of expertise include chronic kidney disease of all stages, in-center hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, home hemodialysis, polycystic kidney disease, renal transplantation, hypertension, and renal stone disease.

Leslie Spry, MD, FACP, FNKF

Dr. Spry practices consultative nephrology and is the medical director of the Dialysis Center of Lincoln in Lincoln, Nebraska. Dr. Spry is also an active member of the National Kidney Foundation's Public Policy Committee and regular contributor to The Huffington Post.

His areas of expertise include kidney-related healthcare policy issues, nephrology, hypertension, dialysis, acute renal failure, kidney stone disease, kidney transplantation and chronic kidney disease.

Joseph A. Vassalotti, MD

Dr. Vassalotti is the National Kidney Foundation's Chief Medical Officer. He also currently serves on the clinical faculty of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

His areas of expertise include nephrology, hypertension, dialysis, acute renal failure, kidney stone disease and chronic kidney disease.