Monday, March 28, 2011  

National Kidney Foundation Names Norris to New Steering Committee

Keith C. Norris, M.D., has been appointed to a new steering committee for a popular program at the National Kidney Foundation, the organization recently announced.
Dr. Norris, executive vice president of research and health affairs at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, was one of 15 people invited to join the Kidney Early Evaluation Program.

“This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the NKF and help advance care for people with kidney disease,” Dr. Norris said.

The group described its initiative as the “nation’s largest and most successful chronic disease screening program.” Nearly a quarter million Americans have been screened through the program for kidney function, the New York-based foundation said.

The effort “has contributed greatly to the advancement of our knowledge concerning chronic kidney disease among Americans,” said Peter A. McCullough, M.D., of St. John Providence Health System.

“This program is positioned to expand its reach across the globe and improve the health and awareness of individuals at risk for these common medical problems,” said Dr. McCullough, who served for the last decade as a committee member

The new committee members hope to expand the program by testing special populations more often. They also hope to link results from screenings to other national databases, expanding their knowledge.



For more information, please contact:
Daryl Strickland

Charles Drew University of Medicine & Science
Telephone: (562) 229-4924 


About Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science
CDU is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, minority-serving medical and health sciences institution.  Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,500 post-graduate physicians, more than 2,000 physician assistants and hundreds of other health professionals.  The only dually designated Historically Black Graduate Institution and Hispanic Serving Health Professions School in the U.S., CDU is recognized as a leader in translational and health inequities research, specifically with respect to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health, and HIV/AIDS.  Recently, the CDU/UCLA medical program was named the “best performer” in the University of California System with respect to producing outstanding underrepresented minority physicians by the Greenlining Institute.  For more information, visit .


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