KHI Board of Directors and Federal Liaisons

Disclosures as of September 2021 can be found here.

Uptal D. Patel, MD

Uptal D. Patel, MD, Chair

Uptal Patel is Chief Medical Officer at HI-Bio. Prior to HI-Bio, he was the Head of Clinical Renal and Exec...

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Kristen Miller, PharmD

Kristen Miller, PharmD

Kristen Miller is a Health Scientist Policy Analyst in the Office of Medical Policy (OMP) in the Center fo...

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Jorge Cerda, MD, MS, FASN

Jorge Cerda, MD, MS, FASN

Professor Jorge Cerda, MD, MS, FACP, FASN Prof. Cerda was born and raised in Uruguay, and currently resides...

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Vanessa A. Evans, MA

Vanessa A. Evans, MA

Vanessa Evans has been on dialysis for over 26 years and lives in Boston, MA with her husband and two sons....

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Jennifer E. Flythe, MD, MPH, FASN

Jennifer E. Flythe, MD, MPH, FASN

Dr. Flythe is a nephrologist and clinical investigator at the ...

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Kevin John Fowler

Kevin John Fowler

Kevin Fowler has over 30 years of Life Sciences experience in pharmaceutical organizations both commercia...

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Amanda Grandinetti, MPH

Amanda Grandinetti, MPH

Amanda Grandinetti, MPH is a research methodologist, a current Ph.D. candidate in health sciences for patie...

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Nicolas Jose Guzman, MD

Nicolas Jose Guzman, MD

Nicolas J. Guzman, M.D. has been the Director of Nephrology Clinical Research at AstraZeneca since 2014. He...

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Meg Jardine, MBBS, PhD

Meg Jardine, MBBS, PhD

Professor Meg Jardine is the Director of the CTC and Lead of Kidney Health Research. Her research has focus...

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Annamaria T. Kausz, MD, MS

Annamaria T. Kausz, MD, MS

Kausz, MD, MS is a nephrologist and pediatric nephrologist with an extensive background in evidence-based r...

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Vandana Dua Niyyar, MD, FASN

Vandana Dua Niyyar, MD, FASN

Vandana Dua Niyyar is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology and has received the Clinical Dis...

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Ikenna Okezie, MD, MBA

Ikenna Okezie, MD, MBA

Ikenna Okezie, MD, MBA is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Somatus, the market leader in val...

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Robert M. Perkins, MD, MPH

Robert M. Perkins, MD, MPH

In my current role as Vice President of the US Cardiorenal team at Bayer, I lead a team of medical director...

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Glenda V. Roberts

Glenda V. Roberts

Prior to joining the UW Center for Dialysis Innovation and Kidney Research Institute as the Director of Ext...

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Bruce M. Robinson, MD, MS, FASN

Bruce M. Robinson, MD, MS, FASN

Bruce Robinson, MD, MS, FASN, has been Vice President of Clini...

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Alain Romero, PharmD, PhD

Alain Romero, PharmD, PhD

Alain is currently Senior Vice President of L-GBT Medical Affairs at Pfizer. He has over 30 years of experi...

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Brigitte Schiller, MD, FASN

Brigitte Schiller, MD, FASN

Dr. Schiller is the SVP, Medical Officer Home Therapies at Fresenius Medical Care. From 2012-2022 she serve...

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Amit Sharma, MD, FASN

Amit Sharma, MD, FASN

Dr Sharma serves currently as the Vice President of Medical Affairs, Cardiovascular and Renal Division for ...

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Robert A. Star, MD

Robert A. Star, MD

As director of the Division of Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic Diseases, Dr. Star is responsible for mana...

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Howard Trachtman, MD, FASN

Howard Trachtman, MD, FASN

I attended Haverford College and University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. I completed my residency t...

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Amy Young

Amy Young

Amy is the Vice President and General Manager of DaVita Clinical Research. Amy Young has been a vital p...

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James P. Smith, MD, MS

James P. Smith, MD, MS

James P. Smith, MD, MS, is a nephrologist and medical officer in the Division of Metabolism and Endocrinolo...

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Aliza M. Thompson, MD, MS

Aliza M. Thompson, MD, MS

Aliza Thompson is Deputy Director of the Division of Cardiology and Nephrology, Center for Drug Evaluation ...

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Celia Witten, MD, PhD

Celia Witten, MD, PhD

Celia M. Witten, Ph.D., M. D. is the Director of the Office of Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapy at the Cen...

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Linda F. Fried, MD, MPH, FASN

Linda F. Fried, MD, MPH, FASN

Linda Fried, MD, MPH, FASN, is Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Clinical & Translational Science at...

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