Hostetter to Chair ASN Public Policy Board
Image: Thomas Hostetter, MD
The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) has welcomed Thomas Hostetter, MD as the new chair of the Public Policy Board (PPB). Dr. Hostetter is Abraham Levitt Professor of Medicine and Chair of the Einstein-Montefiore Division of Nephrology.
Dr. Hostetter, who was selected after a national search for the position, has been actively involved in ASN for many years. In addition to his service on numerous committees, he served as ASN President from 1999 to 2000. Prior to his current position at Albert Einstein, Dr. Hostetter was the director and senior scientific advisor of the National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP) at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).
Dr. Hostetter succeeds Jonathan Himmelfarb, MD, FASN, as the PPB chair. Dr. Himmelfarb will become ASN's newest Councilor. "Having served on the Public Policy Board since its inception, Dr. Hostetter brings immense expertise and insight to the role of Policy Board Chair. With his nuanced understanding of kidney disease-related policy and his extensive leadership experience, Dr. Hostetter is ideally suited to lead the Public Policy Board as it addresses the complex issues and legislation facing the renal community at this time," commented Dr. Himmelfarb.
Dr. Hostetter anticipates an eventful year for the PPB. Among other endeavors, the group will monitor health reform progress and inform the Society of reform's potential impact on the nephrology community. Dr. Hostetter's ambitious agenda also includes working with the ASN end-stage renal disease (ESRD) Task Force to scrutinize and comment on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Proposed ESRD Bundling Rule, extending ASN's interaction with the National Institutes of Health beyond NIDDK, and collaborating with other renal societies and interested groups to advance shared policy initiatives.