Kidney Care Partners, a coalition composed of patients, caregivers, providers, researchers and manufacturers, has named Allen R. Nissenson, MD, FACP, as its new chair for the 2018 to 2020 term.

Nissenson succeeds outgoing chairman Frank Maddux, MD, chief medical officer for Fresenius Medical Care North America, who served from 2015 to the end of 2017.

“I am truly honored to have been elected by my peers to serve in this important role, and I look forward to continuing Dr. Maddux’s excellent work by advancing initiatives that drive high-quality kidney care and improve the lives of patients,” Nissenson said in a press release.

Nissenson is chief medical officer at DaVita Kidney Care and is an emeritus professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles, where he has served as director of the dialysis program and associate dean. Nissenson has also served as co-chair of the Kidney Care Partners Quality Initiative and the Kidney Care Quality Alliance.