Dr. Greene to serve as treasurer of National Kidney Foundation
The National Kidney Foundation of South and Central Texas (NKFSCT) has elected Dr. Deborah L. Greene, vice president for academic administration, to serve as its treasurer.
Dr. Greene has volunteered for the organization in the past, but this is her first time serving on the board.
"It is my personal goal as treasurer to establish a research endowment that will increase the level of support to eliminate kidney disease in the years to come," Dr. Greene said.
The National Kidney Foundation was created to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well-being of patients and families and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation.
"The foundation's work is especially critical in South and Central Texas as Hispanics and African-Americans are almost twice as likely to suffer from diabetes-related kidney disease," Dr. Greene said.
More than 3,000 patients currently receive dialysis treatment in South and Central Texas, and almost 900 patients are on the kidney transplant waiting list.
Dr. Greene says the NKFSCT operates more than a dozen programs that provide everything from emergency funds to free, bilingual informational brochures. Patients' families receive education about preventing and living with the disease.