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Chief Scientific Officer at St. John Providence Health System Appointed Chairman of National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Early Evaluation Program

St. John Providence Health System
Monday, December 20, 2010

Contact: Brian Taylor, 586-753-0726

NEW YORK, NY - Peter A. McCullough, MD, MPH, Chief Academic and Scientific Officer, St. John Providence Health System, was named chairman of the National Kidney Foundation's Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP). KEEP offers free screenings in cities around the country to anyone at risk for kidney disease—those with high blood pressure, diabetes or a family history of kidney disease. It is the nation’s largest and most successful chronic disease screening program and has touched the lives of nearly a quarter of a million Americans since its inception in 2000. KEEP screens kidney function through a variety of tests, including blood, blood pressure and urine.

Dr. McCullough is an internationally recognized authority on the role of chronic kidney disease as a cardiovascular risk factor, with over 700 published scientific papers. A member of the KEEP steering committee for the last decade, Dr. McCullough has set four major goals for KEEP over the next several years. He plans to include screening of special populations and to link KEEP with national databases such as the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services to allow for more research on how kidney disease contributes to the overall provision of care. He also plans to develop new methods for blood and urine testing and to promote KEEP as the vanguard for awareness, detection and prevention of common chronic diseases worldwide.

"KEEP has contributed greatly to the advancement of our knowledge concerning chronic kidney disease among Americans. Since the methods of KEEP touch obesity, diabetes, hypertension, kidney, and heart disease, this program is positioned to expand its reach across the globe and improve the health and awareness of individuals at risk for these common medical problems," says Dr. McCullough.

Dr. McCullough completed his medical degree as an Alpha Omega Alpha graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He went on to complete his internal medicine residency at the University of Washington in Seattle, cardiology fellowship at William Beaumont Hospital, and master’s degree in public health at the University of Michigan.

Dr. McCullough served as the Program Director in Cardiovascular Diseases at Henry Ford Health System from 1997 to 2000, Chief of Cardiology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine from 2000 to 2002, and Chief of Nutrition and Preventive Medicine at William Beaumont Hospital from 2002 to 2010. Within the six-hospital St. John Providence Health System, Dr. McCullough currently provides administrative oversight over graduate medical education training and research. At Providence Park, Dr. McCullough leads a clinical and research team fostering innovative approaches in cardiovascular medicine. Dr. McCullough is the co-editor of Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine and received the American College of Cardiology Simon Dack Award for scholarly excellence in 2009.

The National Kidney Foundation is dedicated to preventing and treating kidney disease, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by this disease and increasing availability of all organs for transplantation. For more information visit kidney.org.