White House endorses UMN-led kidney care effort

Mark Rosenberg, right, and HHS Secretary Alex Azar, in suits, stand with several flags, including the stars and stripes.

Mark Rosenberg, Medical School vice dean for education and academic affairs and president of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), is leading efforts to improve care for those with kidney disease. Through this work, ASN established a partnership, called Kidney X, with the Department of Health and Human Services to accelerate innovation in the prevention and treatment of kidney disease,.

“Our initiative is changing the status quo in renal replacement therapy for patients by focusing on more choices for dialysis modalities and greater access to transplantation, and for patients in the future, by focusing on the development of innovative new therapies, such as more portable dialysis and artificial kidneys,” Rosenberg says.

Earlier this month, Rosenberg was invited to meet with the Department of Health and Human Services secretary, Alex Azar. Later, at the White House, he took part in a listening session with the Domestic Policy Council and other administration officials. On July 10, 2019 he was among the nearly 500 people who witnessed President Donald Trump sign the Executive Order on Advancing American Kidney Health, which marks one of the biggest policy transformations for advancing kidney health in nearly 50 years.

“This new strategy re-aligns priorities, practices, and payments to better achieve kidney health for all people,” Rosenberg says.

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities