Scientific Advisory Board

The National Kidney Foundation's Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) is made up of physicians, scientists and other health professionals and provides advice and guidance to the President on NKF's activities related to medicine and health. The duties of the NKF Scientific Advisory Board include:

  • Reviewing and approving documents and educational materials submitted by NKF staff or volunteers to assure accuracy, validity and the non-baised nature of its content.
  • Overseeing the Foundation's scientific publications and providing guidance regarding their overall direction and position within the scientific community.
  • Overseeing the NKF bio-medical research program and professional education activities.

Beth M. Piraino, MD – Chair
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bryan N. Becker, MD
University of Illinois College of Medicine
Chicago, IL 60612

Jeffrey S. Berns, MD
University of Pennsylvania Health System
Philadelphia, PA

Chet Fox, MD
Jefferson Family Medicine
Buffalo, NY 14215

Lesley Inker, MD
Tufts Medical Center
Boston, MA 02111

Charmaine Lok, MD FRCPC
University of Toronto
Toronto General Hospital
Toronto, On. M5G 2C4

Andrew S. Levey, MD
Tufts Medical Center
Boston, MA 02111

Peter McCullough, MD
St. John Providence Health System,
Providence Park Heart Institute
Novi, MI 48374

Paul Palevsky, MD, FNKF
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
Pittsburgh, PA 15240

Stephen Pastan, MD
Emory Transplant Center
Atlanta, GA 30322

Michael V. Rocco, MD, MS, FACP
Wake Forest U School of Medicine
Winston Salem, NC 27157

Sylvia E. Rosas, MD
Joslin Diabetes Center
Boston, MA 02215

Barry M. Straube, MD
Baltimore, MD 21230

Lynda A. Szczech, MD, MSCE
Durham Nephrology Associates
Durham, NC 27704

National Staff:

Kerry Willis, PhD
National Kidney Foundation
New York, NY 10016

Joseph Vassalotti, MD
National Kidney Foundation
New York, NY 10016