Paul T. Conway
Mr. Conway is Chair of Policy & Global Affairs, and past president, of the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP), the largest U.S. kidney patient organization. He is Co-Chair of the Annual Global Summit on Kidney Disease Innovations, an AAKP partnership with GWU School of Medicine and Health Sciences that engages stakeholders in over 90 countries. He has managed kidney disease for 43 years, including 3 on peritoneal dialysis and 26 with a transplant. He was transplanted in 1997 at the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University (MCV/VCU) Hume-Lee Transplant Center. He has advanced the principles of patient consumer care choice, patient-centered care and greater use of patient insight data in research and innovation across the federal government and, globally, before the United Nations, the European Parliament and the World Health Organization. His honors include the ASN and AAKP President's Medal for policy work before Congress and the White House and a 2022 President's Lifetime Achievement Award for volunteer service to the kidney community. In 2023, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin named him Chair of the Commonwealth of Virginia's new Renal Disease Council. He represents the patient consumer perspective as a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine's Nephrology Specialty Board, Chair of FDA's Patient Engagement Advisory Committee, and as a Patient Editor for Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. He also serves on the boards of the U.S. Renal Data System and the Observational Studies Monitoring Board for the NIH/NIDDK Kidney Precision Medicine Program. Over the past decade, he has chaired multiple technical evaluation panels related to the development of new, patient-driven dialysis quality measures for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Assistance and has also been involved in patient-centered kidney research efforts for the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration. Professionally, he has served under 4 presidents, 3 Virginia governors and in support of 5 presidential transitions. Since 2017, he has served on successive Presidential Rank Review Boards to recommend top Senior Executive Service members of the U.S. Civil Service to the White House for consideration for presidential recognition. His federal awards include the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Silver Medal for exceptionally meritorious service to America. Prior federal posts include: Chief of Staff at both the Department of Labor and the Office of Personnel Management; Interim Federal Coordinator and Chief of Staff at the DHS Office of Gulf Coast Rebuilding; Special Assistant, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and Confidential Assistant at the Department of Education. In Virginia, he served as Deputy Secretary of Health & Human Resources and as a member of the Secure Commonwealth Panel and the Board of Health Professions.