Statement from the National Kidney Foundation on passing of “legend in the kidney care community"
May 26, 2022, New York, NY —The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is mourning the loss of Dolph Chianchiano, a longtime member of our senior staff and passionate patient advocate. Mr. Chianchiano served for 30 years as NKF Senior Vice President for Health Policy and Research. A statement from Kevin Longino, CEO of NKF follows:
“Dolph Chianchiano was a legend in the kidney care community who fundamentally changed the way NKF fights kidney disease. A mentor, leader and friend, Dolph founded NKF’s research grant program and our government relations office in Washington DC. On behalf of all of our patients, volunteers, donors and members we mourn his loss, celebrate his legacy and take comfort in the fact that the work he started will go on and positively impact the lives of kidney patients for years to come.”
Dolph Chianchiano was a member of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) staff from 1979 to 2011. Since then, he served as a Health Policy Consultant to the Foundation. As Vice President for Health Policy and Research, Mr. Chianchiano led NKF's government relations activities, including interactions with US Congress, state legislatures, government agencies, and sister organizations. He was also in charge of the administration of NKF's research grant program. He held similar responsibilities with the American Heart Association and (subsequently) at the Associated Medical Schools of New York, where he had been employed before joining the NKF staff. He represented NKF on the Board of Directors of the United Network for Organ Sharing for five years and was actively serving on the Board of the Kidney Health Initiative, a joint project of the American Society of Nephrology and the Food and Drug Administration. Mr. Chianchiano was a member of the New York Bar since 1966 and of the New York City Bar Association since 1970. He held a Master's Degree in Public Administration from New York University.
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The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest, most comprehensive, and longstanding patient-centric organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention, and treatment of kidney disease in the U.S. For more information about NKF, visit www.kidney.org.