Fresenius Medical Care Sees U.S. Plans for Kidney Disease as Positive
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By Benjamin Hippen, MD, FASN, FAST & Franklin W. Maddux, MD, FACP
The vision includes:
Effective wait-list management can increase the number of patients with access to kidney transplantation. Only with active, transparent collaboration between nephrologists, transplant programs, dialysis providers, and patients can a rational, consistent, and scalable delivery system be designed.
BENJAMIN HIPPEN, MD, FASN, FAST
Medical Director, Fresenius Kidney Care; Partner, Metrolina Nephrology Associates, P.A.
Benjamin Hippen is a general and transplant nephrologist with Metrolina Nephrology Associates, P.A., and is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the UNC Chapel-Hill School of Medicine. Dr. Hippen serves as the associate medical director of the kidney and kidney-pancreas transplant program at Atrium Health, and he serves as medical director of a Fresenius Kidney Care in-center hemodialysis and home therapies facility in Charlotte, N.C.
FRANKLIN W. MADDUX, MD, FACP
Global Chief Medical Officer, Fresenius Medical Care
Dr. Franklin W. Maddux's distinguished career encompasses more than three decades of experience as physician, expert nephrologist, technology entrepreneur, and health care executive. He previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Fresenius Medical Care North America and joined Fresenius Medical Care in 2009 after the company acquired Health IT Services Group, a leading electronic health record (EHR) software company founded by Maddux. He developed one of the first laboratory electronic data interchange programs for the US dialysis industry and later created one of the first web-based EHR solutions, now marketed under Acumen Physician Solutions. A practicing nephrologist for nearly two decades, Dr. Maddux graduated with his baccalaureate in mathematics from Vanderbilt University and holds his MD from the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he holds a faculty appointment as clinical associate professor. His writings have appeared in leading medical journals, and his pioneering health care information technology innovations are part of the permanent collection of the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution.