Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and Larry Bucshon, MD (IN-08), leading voices in Congress for improving the health of the 37 million Americans living with kidney diseases, will deliver the Christopher R. Blagg, MD, Endowed Lectureship on “Inside the Beltway: Why Everyone is a Stakeholder in Kidney Health Policy.”
As co-chairs of the Congressional Kidney Caucus, the representatives have shaped the development of kidney health policy, including emphasizing earlier detection, prevention, and patient choice in treatment. Longstanding advocates for innovation, Reps. DelBene and Bucshon are staunch proponents of KidneyX. Their leadership has resulted in multiple years of federal funding and widespread recognition for the program and its mission to accelerate innovation in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of kidney diseases.
Reps. DelBene and Bucshon will discuss the role of the Congressional Kidney Caucus in establishing health policy, why increasing innovation and improving the US transplant system are essential for improving care, and how kidney health professionals can help systemic problems in kidney health and build a future that centers on patient experience, choice, and outcomes.
Before election to Congress in 2012, Rep. DelBene worked in the bio-technology industry as an executive and entrepreneur. She helped start drugstore.com as its vice president of marketing and store development, served as CEO and president of business software company Nimble Technology, and spent 12 years at Microsoft, most recently as corporate vice president of the company's mobile communications business. Rep. Bucshon is a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon who practiced surgery for 15 years before being elected to Congress, serving as chief of cardiothoracic surgery and medical director of the open heart recovery intensive care unit at St. Mary's Hospital and as president of Ohio Valley HeartCare.
Rep. DelBene received a BA from Reed College and a masters in business administration from the University of Washington Foster School of Business. Rep. Bucshon received a BS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Illinois at Chicago.