Kidney Care Partners has selected as chairman-elect Dr. Edward R. Jones, chief of the renal section at Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia and clinical professor of medicine at Temple University Hospital. Jones will assume the chairmanship Jan. 1, 2014.   

Kidney Care Partners, founded in 2003, is a coalition of physicians, dialysis providers, nurses, patients, manufacturers and kidney care advocates. KCP's goal is to bring together the kidney community to ensure: chronic kidney disease patients receive optimal care; chronic kidney disease patients are able to live quality lives; dialysis care is readily accessible to all those in need; and research and development are supported to enhance therapies and innovative products.

"I am honored to serve as chair of KCP to ensure that our nation's most vulnerable patients continue to have access to the highest quality care," said Jones.  "As a physician and a lifelong patient advocate, I believe it is critical that patients with chronic kidney disease and end stage renal disease have optimal regulatory and legislative representation in Washington.  There is no better way to make a meaningful difference for this vulnerable population than through the voice of the entire kidney community." 

Dr. Jones, a former Kidney Care Partners chair, is also past president of the Renal Physicians Association and represents the RPA at the American Medical Association and Kidney Care Partners.  Jones graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina, completed his Internal medicine residency and was Chief Medical Resident at Temple University Hospital. He was a renal fellow in the Renal and Electrolyte Section of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Jones received his MBA in Healthcare Management from St Joseph's University in Philadelphia.

Ron Kuerbitz, president of Fresenius Medical Care of North America, currently serves as chairman of Kidney Care Partners.