FitzSimmons Joins American Kidney Fund as Vice President of Programs

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The American Kidney Fund's new Vice President of Programs, Stacey FitzSimmons

Over a career spanning more than 30 years, Dr. FitzSimmons has provided strong leadership and expert guidance to major private and public institutions, and has made substantive and lasting contributions to the renal field

Stacey FitzSimmons, M.P.H., Ph.D., has been named Vice President of Programs at the American Kidney Fund, a charitable organization that is the nation's No. 1 source of treatment-related financial assistance to kidney patients and a leader in providing health education to people with or at risk for kidney disease.

Dr. FitzSimmons will lead the American Kidney Fund's financial assistance programs; public, professional and minority health education programs; and Congressional relations efforts.

"Over a career spanning more than 30 years, Dr. FitzSimmons has provided strong leadership and expert guidance to major private and public institutions, and has made substantive and lasting contributions to the renal field," said LaVarne A. Burton, President and CEO of the American Kidney Fund. "We are thrilled to welcome her to an already strong team."

Dr. FitzSimmons, an epidemiologist, has worked for federal agencies, state and local health departments, academic institutions and non-profit foundations. These have included the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the National Center for Health Statistics-Centers for Disease Control, the City of Berkeley Public Health Department, Cambridge University, University of California, Berkeley and non-profit organizations such as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Dr. FitzSimmons provided national and international leadership for kidney and urologic disease epidem¬iology from 1987 to 1990, when she served as the Epidemiology Program Director, Division of Kidney, Urologic and Hematologic Diseases, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, at the National Institutes of Health. In this position, she developed the United States Renal Data System, the central national source for tracking trends in the incidence, prevalence and financial impact of end-stage renal disease.

From 1990 to 1999, she served as director of Clinical Research at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Most recently, she formed a consulting organization, FitzSimmons and Associates, spending eight years planning and directing epidemiologic and clinical research projects at various non-profit, state and federal institutions and private organizations.

"I am honored to join the American Kidney Fund because it's an organization that is improving lives in measurable ways on a daily basis--whether it's providing dialysis patients with grants to
help them pay for treatment, or whether it's providing education and screening to people who are at risk for kidney disease," said Dr. FitzSimmons. "I look forward to building on the existing successes of the American Kidney Fund while identifying new opportunities for outreach."

Dr. FitzSimmons received her A.B. from Stanford University. She received her Masters in Public Health (Health Care Administration) and her Ph.D. (Epidemiology) from the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley.

The American Kidney Fund is the nation's No. 1 source of treatment-related financial assistance to kidney patients and a leader in providing health education to people with or at risk for kidney disease. In 2007, the American Kidney Fund provided treatment-related grants to 68,000 kidney patients totaling more than $100 million. The American Kidney Fund reaches tens of thousands of individuals each year with information about kidney health; operates a kidney disease screening program in high-risk communities; and maintains a toll-free HelpLine (866-300-2900) which provides education about kidney disease. The American Kidney Fund is a six-time recipient of the highest "Four Star" rating from Charity Navigator; holds an A+ rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy; adheres to the National Health Council Standards of Excellence; and is a member of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance. For more information, visit http://www.kidneyfund.org

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