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Racial Disparities In Access To Renal Transplantation

Significant racial disparities exist between Black and White Americans in need of kidney transplantation. This healthcare disparity is multifactorial including limited kidney donors for Black Americans, inconsistent care coordination, social determinants of health, reduced access to care, and mistrust of clinicians and the healthcare system.1 Join us for an informative panel discussion as we discuss these challenges and possible solutions to bridge these disparities.


  1. Harding K, Mersha T, B, Pham P, -T, Waterman A, D, Webb F, J, Vassalotti J, A, Nicholas S, B: Health Disparities in Kidney Transplantation for African Americans. Am J Nephrol 2017;46:165-175. doi: 10.1159/000479480

*Dr Richard Knight, Dr Lisa McElroy, and Ms Amy Kozsuch are paid consultants of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. (OPDC). Dr Sahar Salehi is an employee of OPDC.

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Featured Speakers
Richard Knight

Richard Knight, MBA

    President of American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP)*

Richard A Knight is President of the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP), which is the oldest and largest, independent kidney patient organization in the United States. He is also a former hemodialysis patient and received a kidney transplant approximately fourteen years ago. Mr Knight has a background in public policy and Congressional operations based on both his professional experience on Capitol Hill where he served in various roles including communications, policy and Legislative Director as well his advocacy work as a kidney transplant patient. While working in the United States House of Representatives, Mr Knight served as a liaison to the Congressional Black Caucus for his Member of Congress. His knowledge of Executive Branch agency budget and procurement policies is based on direct experience as a Federal government contractor and as a ten-year co-chair of the Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce Annual Regional Government Procurement Fair. Mr Knight received his MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and his BA from Hampton University. He is a business strategist, providing patient engagement consulting for healthcare organizations and businesses developing tools designed to leverage patient input and preferences in their care plans and quality measures. As a small business owner, he is heavily involved in business and education issues through multiple executive networks in the Washington, DC region. He serves as adjunct professor at Bowie State University (BSU). He is a founding member of BSU’s College of Business Advisory Council.

Lisa McElroy

Lisa McElroy, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Surgery
    Duke University School of Medicine*

Dr Lisa McElroy is an Assistant Professor of Abdominal Transplant Surgery at Duke University. She received her MD from Michigan State University and a Master of Science in Health Services and Outcomes Research from Northwestern University. She completed her clinical fellowship in abdominal transplant surgery at the University of Michigan. Her research examines the influence of organizational and health system characteristics on clinical outcomes of high cost, high acuity patients and her long-term interests are in the dissemination of best practices in transplant surgery and improving the quality and equity of transplant care for underrepresented and disadvantaged populations with end stage organ disease. Her work is funded by the Duke Center for Research to Advance Healthcare Equity and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She is also a 2020 American Journal of Transplantation Editorial Fellow.

Amy Kozsuch

Amy Kozsuch, MSN, MBA

Vice President of Clinical Products
    Health Map Solutions*

Amy Kozsuch is the Vice President of Clinical Products at Healthmap. In this role she is responsible for expanding and developing innovative programs that advance early detection of chronic kidney disease, defer its progression, and deliver improved patient outcomes at lower costs. Amy has 30 years of experience in the kidney health industry, having worked as a nurse administrator, director of clinical operations and corporate development in the past. She serves on several health industry board of directors, most recently as executive board president for the National Kidney Foundation of Florida. Amy earned her MSN, MBA, and Health Care Administration degrees from University of Phoenix, where she is currently a doctoral candidate.

Sahar Salehi

Sahar Salehi, PhD

Nephrology Medical Science Liaison


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