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Tod Ibrahim

Tod Ibrahim, ASN executive vice president, has been named president of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS). His term took effect in November 2019.

“CMSS is uniquely positioned to help address pressing clinical topics, research-related issues, and educational topics common to its members,” Ibrahim said. “There is an opportunity to think creatively across specialties, and that was really appealing to me.”

Founded in 1965, CMSS provides an independent forum for the discussion by medical specialists of issues of national interest and mutual concern. The organization currently has 46 national medical society members representing more than 800,000 physicians.

Tod Ibrahim

From boom to bust, the projections for the physician workforce in the United States reverse every 20 years. In the 1960s, experts projected a shortage of 40,000 physicians by 1975. During the 1980s and 1990s, some of the same experts predicted a surplus of up to 165,000 physicians by 2000. A few years ago, the country was expected to face a shortage of 55,000 physicians by 2020 (1). But with last year’s passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which extends coverage to the uninsured, the country is now projected to need an additional 91,500 physicians by 2020

Tod Ibrahim

Committed to creating a world without kidney diseases, the American Society of Nephrology (ASN)—together with other members of the kidney community—has produced incredible results in federal legislative and regulatory policy during the past decade, such as the landmark Executive Order on Advancing American Kidney Health. At a national level, patient advocates, health professionals, and policymakers are rallying around the four priorities of ASN's We’re United 4 Kidney Health campaign: intervene earlier, transform transplant, accelerate innovation, and achieve equity.

Due to greater disinformation, polarization, and blowtorch politics, one in five people in the United States believes “The government, media, and financial

Tod Ibrahim

Last year, ASN President Susan E. Quaggin, MD, FASN, and I alternated sending monthly email updates to ASN members. Drafting these updates helped us put individual activities—such as the society's commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion—into a broader context. This year, we’re excited to publish these updates as editorials in ASN Kidney News.

2022 marks Dr. Quaggin's 33rd year as a member of ASN. “Over this period, it has been amazing to witness the growth and impact of our programs, which are driving innovation and positive changes in education, research, and patient care,” she told me recently.

Tod Ibrahim

In 1960, my father immigrated to the United States to avoid religious persecution, experienced racism in Ohio, overstayed his student visa, and was considered “illegal.” My mother—whose family has deep, often racist, roots in the United States—eloped with my father, helped him become a US citizen, experienced sexism (especially in the workplace), worked for two female members of Congress, and volunteered as a counselor during the AIDS crisis.

Their individual and shared experiences shape my commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) was a pacesetter—and is now an advocate—in this arena because its members,

Tod Ibrahim

During the past few months, I have participated in several meetings that included in-depth discussions about the future of the health care workforce in the United States. Each time, the discussion started with predictions about shortages of every kind of health professional—from physicians to nurses to physician assistants/associates to other clinicians—and then shifted to concerns about the ability to provide high-quality patient care in the future as a result.

Although this editorial will focus on the future of nephrologists in the United States, I recognize that the situation is dire throughout the world, particularly for nurses. Earlier this year, the

Kevin Longino and Tod Ibrahim

Let’s start with a simple, sobering fact: an estimated 37 million Americans live with the burden of kidney disease. Worse, 90 percent of those affected by kidney disease don’t even know they have it. Approximately 700,000 Americans have kidney failure and require dialysis or a transplant to survive.

Each patient navigating the difficult path of kidney disease or kidney failure has a name and, behind every name, a story. For us at the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), these are our friends, our family members, our colleagues, our patients and, in some cases, ourselves.

Tod Ibrahim

Over its nearly 60-year history, the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) has approached the tripartite mission in phases, starting first with providing medical education, then advocating for research and innovation, and more recently, ensuring high-quality patient care. ASN's mission is to “elevate care by educating and informing, driving breakthroughs and innovation, and advocating for policies that create transformative changes in kidney medicine throughout the world (1).

Today, patient care is the tabletop, with education (undergraduate/graduate and continuing), research, and advocacy as the supporting legs. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are the joints that lock aprons (health care justice) to

Mark E. Rosenberg and Tod Ibrahim

For nearly 50 years, the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) has supported the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM’s) efforts to certify nephrologists. Championing every aspect of certification—including continuing medical education, continuous professional development, and lifelong learning—ASN is committed to ensuring nephrologists provide the highest-quality care possible throughout their careers.

ASN dedicates intellectual capital, member and staff time, and financial resources to making sure every aspect of certification is meaningful for nephrologists and improves care for the more than 20 million Americans with kidney diseases. This commitment includes supporting nephrology fellowship programs, extending free membership to fellows, offering an in-training