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John H. Sadler, MD

MEI Chair
President and CEO, Independent Dialysis Foundation, Baltimore, MD

John H. Sadler, MDPracticing clinical nephrologist, retired Associate Professor of Medicine, and Head of the Nephrology Division at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Co-investigator from 1994-99 on the CHOICE Study, a 5-year ESRD Patient Outcomes Research Team funded by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR, now AHRQ); member of the Institute of Medicine ESRD Program Study Committee 1988-91; chair of the ESRD Health Status Outcomes Group, 1995-97. Published author of many studies on dialysis effectiveness, anemia management, and innovations in vascular access.

L. Ebony Boulware, MD MPH

L. Ebony Boulware Division Chief, General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine

Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research

Duke University School of Medicine

Dr. Boulware is a general internist devoted to improving access and quality of care for patients with chronic kidney disease and related chronic diseases such as hypertension. She is the principal investigator of multiple NIH and other government funded studies of interventions to improve patients' informed decisions about kidney care, improve patinets' access to kidney transplantation, control patients’ risk factors for chronic kidney disease, and to improve the quality of patients’ dialysis care.

She has developed two award winning interventions, the TALK intervention (to encourage patients to talk about kidney transplantation with their friends and family) and the PREPARED intervention (to improve patens’ shared and informed treatment decisions about kidney care).

Dr. Boulware is particularly interested in identifying ways to eliminate ethnic and racial disparities in the health and health care of patients with kidney disease.

Betty Chewning, PhD

Betty Chewning, PhD Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Pharmacy

Director of the Sonderegger Research Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Pharmacy, Madison, WI

Recipient of many state and federal grants, including: "Pharmaceutical Care Outcomes: The Patient's Role," funded by AHRQ; Early Head Start Program Evaluation; and studies on individuals with chronic health conditions.

Author of numerous publications, including a book promoting client self-management in chronic disease patients.

Four-time recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award from the School of Pharmacy and the UW-Madison Medical School, Department of Preventive Medicine.

H. Keith Johnson, MD

H. Keith Johnson, MD Chairman of the Board, Dialysis Clinic, Inc., Nashville, TN

Nephrologist and retired faculty member, Vanderbilt University.

Former president of both SEOPF and UNOS, the transplant registries and education organizations.

Author of several peer-reviewed articles in nephrology.

Medical Director of the Renal Transplant Program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center from 1990-99; Medical Director of the Renal Transplant Section of the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Nashville from 1972-99.

Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH

Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH Dean, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD

Internist, epidemiologist, and specialist in preventive medicine.

Director of the Precursors Study, a prospective study of 1,337 Johns Hopkins University medical students that began in 1946; a co-principal investigator on the CHOICE study (the AHRQ patient outcomes study of ESRD); team leader of several continuing NIH grant-funded projects.

Editor-in-chief of the "Johns Hopkins Family Health Guide," member of the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Medicine, and editorial consultant to the American Journal of Epidemiology.

Al W. Kraus

Al W. KrausMr. Kraus brings along more than 30 years of business experience in the dialysis and medical device industries. He was President and CEO of a number of medical device companies including CytoSorbents Inc., NOvoVascular Inc., Gambro Inc. and Althin Medical that was later sold to Baxter International. Mr. Kraus earned a B.S. in Business Administration from St. Joseph's University and has participated in the Executive Management Program at Harvard Business School. He is Chairman of the Board of CytoSorbents and is former Director of Victor Technologies, Flocare Medical, NOvoVascular, Althin BioPharm, and Gambro.


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