American Kidney Fund Appoints Five New Members to Board of Trustees

Rockville, Maryland

ROCKVILLE, Maryland, March 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The American Kidney Fund (AKF), the nation’s leading nonprofit working on behalf of the 30 million Americans living with kidney disease, today added five new members to its national board of trustees:

  • Michael W. Flood, managing director and head of private equity of Northleaf Capital Partners in Toronto
  • Richard T. Miller, M.D., lead thoracic surgeon and physician-in-chief, Surgery Care Center at Southcoast Hospitals Group in New Bedford, Massachusetts
  • Silas P. Norman, M.D., M.P.H., clinical associate professor of internal medicine, Division of Nephrology, University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor
  • Lisa A. Robin, chief advocacy officer for the Federation of State Medical Boards in Washington, DC
  • Michael R. Vaughan, M.D., director of medical specialties, and practice chief of nephrology at Kaiser Permanente Washington in the Pacific Northwest.

Chaired by 35-year kidney transplant recipient Robert M. Tarola, CPA, CGMA, AKF’s independent, volunteer board is a group of individuals with a broad range of professional backgrounds and personal experiences with kidney disease.

“We are so pleased to welcome our new board members, whose diversity of experience promises to enrich the board’s work in setting AKF's strategic direction for the coming years and providing appropriate oversight to ensure that we have the plans and the resources in place to carry out our vital mission,” said Tarola.

The complete list of trustees and officers, along with their biographies, can be found on AKF’s website.

About the American Kidney Fund

As the nation’s leading nonprofit working on behalf of the 30 million Americans with kidney disease, the American Kidney Fund is dedicated to ensuring that every kidney patient has access to health care, and that every person at risk for kidney disease is empowered to prevent it. AKF provides a complete spectrum of programs and services: prevention outreach, top-rated health educational resources, and direct financial assistance enabling 1 in 5 U.S. dialysis patients to access lifesaving medical care, including dialysis and transplantation. AKF holds the highest ratings from the nation’s charity watchdog groups, including Charity Navigator, which includes AKF on its “top 10” list of nonprofits with the longest track records of outstanding stewardship of the donated dollar, and GuideStar, which has awarded AKF its Platinum Seal of Transparency.


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