John H. Sadler, MD
President and CEO, Independent Dialysis Foundation, Baltimore, MD
Practicing clinical nephrologist, retired Associate Professor of Medicine, and Head of the Nephrology Division at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Co-investigator from 1994-99 on the CHOICE Study, a 5-year ESRD Patient Outcomes Research Team funded by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR, now AHRQ); member of the Institute of Medicine ESRD Program Study Committee 1988-91; chair of the ESRD Health Status Outcomes Group, 1995-97. Published author of many studies on dialysis effectiveness, anemia management, and innovations in vascular access.
Deborah Brouwer-Maier RN, CNN
Vascular Access Marketing Manager - Transonic
Nephrology Nurse with over 35 years’ experience in both acute and chronic hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Roles included direct patient care to various management roles in various dialysis setting.
Extensive experience in the dialysis device related development and clinical support including a home dialysis system and multiple vascular access related products.
Awarded the ANNA Nephrology Nurse Educator Award in 2007. Received the National Kidney Foundation Serving the Alleghenies Gift of Life Small Hands, Big Heart Award in 2010.
Active member of ANNA, ASDIN, NKF and previous served as secretary for VASA.
Work Group Member for the NKF KDOQI Vascular Access Guidelines 1997, 2000 and 2006 publications. Author of multiple publications on vascular access. Frequent speaker at professional symposium.
Betty Chewning, PhD
Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Pharmacy
Director of the Sonderegger Research Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Pharmacy, Madison, WI
Recipient of many state and federal grants, including: "Pharmaceutical Care Outcomes: The Patient's Role," funded by AHRQ; Early Head Start Program Evaluation; and studies on individuals with chronic health conditions.
Author of numerous publications, including a book promoting client self-management in chronic disease patients.
Four-time recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award from the School of Pharmacy and the UW-Madison Medical School, Department of Preventive Medicine.
H. Keith Johnson, MD
Chairman of the Board, Dialysis Clinic, Inc., Nashville, TN
Nephrologist and retired faculty member, Vanderbilt University.
Former president of both SEOPF and UNOS, the transplant registries and education organizations.
Author of several peer-reviewed articles in nephrology.
Medical Director of the Renal Transplant Program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center from 1990-99; Medical Director of the Renal Transplant Section of the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Nashville from 1972-99.
Fred Peter, MBA
Managing partner at Medical Device Experts, LLC
Fred has applied his extensive global business and marketing experience to the renal community for years, starting as an engineering manager in the Renal Division at Baxter Healthcare in 1979. In 1993, he was a Director of Engineering for Aksys, Ltd., working on the revolutionary Aksys PHD home hemodialysis system. He left Aksys in 1997 to co-found FiF Marketing, a promotional marketing consultancy. In 1999, he returned to Baxter Healthcare Renal Division, responsible for growing the dialyzer product line.
In 2007, Fred co-founded Medical Device Experts to support successful design, manufacturing, and marketing of new medical devices. He was member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer for the International Society for Hemodialysis (ISHD) from 2002-2008. Baxter recruited Fred back in 2008 in the global renal franchise, where he developed and implemented a global strategy for their hemodialysis business, launched four new and profitable global product families, and initiated Baxter’s fastest development program with a new dialyzer manufacturer in China. Fred resides in Barrington, IL and is a leader in his community and in business.
Eric Weinhandl, PhD, MS
Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Eric Weinhandl is a senior epidemiologist at the Chronic Disease Research Group (CDRG), a division of the Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Eric has worked continuously in chronic kidney disease research since 2004. He has worked at CDRG between 2004 and 2015 and again since May 2020, at NxStage Medical between 2015 and 2019, and at Fresenius Medical Care North America between 2019 and 2020 (following Fresenius’ acquisition of NxStage). During his time in the field, Eric has devoted effort to the United States Renal Data System (USRDS) Coordinating Center, studies of both home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, and pharmacoepidemiologic analyses about erythropoiesis-stimulating agents and phosphate binders. Eric is also an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Care and Health Systems in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota. He lives in Victoria, Minnesota, with his wife, Sarah; 3 sons, Isaac, Lucas, and Maxwell; and daughter, Abbilyn.