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Allen R. Nissenson, M.D., FACP, FASN, FNKF

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Nissenson is Chief Medical Officer of DaVita Inc. and an Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where he served as Director of the Dialysis Program and Associate Dean. A past president of the National Anemia Action Council (NAAC) and chair of the Southern California ESRD Network, Dr. Nissenson also consulted for the Rand Corporation and Pacificare on the development of capitation models for ESRD and served on the Dialysis Outcomes Quality Initiative of the National Kidney Foundation. He is the author of two dialysis textbooks, both in their fourth editions, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Advances in Renal Replacement Therapy. He has over 640 publications in the field of nephrology, dialysis, anemia management, and health care delivery and policy, the latter including a seminal paper in Health Affairs on the end-stage renal disease (ESRD) program. Among his numerous honors are the President’s Award of the National Kidney Foundation, the Lifetime Achievement Award in Hemodialysis presented by the University of Missouri on behalf of the Annual Dialysis Conference, and in 2011 the AAKP Medal of Excellence Award. Dr. Nissenson received his MD from the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University.