KCVD Message from the Chair


Alexander Staruschenko, PhD, FAHA

Welcome to the Council for the Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease (KCVD). Our Council strives to reduce cardiovascular-related disability and death through clinical, translational, and basic research, communication, advocacy and education relevant to: a) the role of the kidney in hypertension, b) the role of the kidney in cardiovascular diseases – this includes acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease and its effects on heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease, c) the specific role of the kidney in diabetes-induced cardiovascular disease, and d) cardio-renal syndrome. The KCVD Council provides learning, networking and volunteer opportunities. We sponsor a wide range of career-development events and partners with national and international organizations focused on the role of kidney in cardiovascular disease.

The KCVD Council works actively to support research into the causes of kidney-related cardiovascular disease, and to develop translational approaches to enhance patient care and disease prevention. This Council is committed to developing the next generation of renal scientists through training, advocacy, diversity, and inclusion. We strive to maintain a representative balance in our Committees based on MD vs. PhDs, academia vs. private practice, junior and more senior members, sex, race/ethnicity, etc. International membership is also critical and citizens of any country are welcome to participate and contribute to various activities of KCVD Council.

I am truly honored to lead the Council with tremendous help from the KCVD leadership committee and Past Chair, Dr. Vivek Bhalla. I encourage you to join KCVD Council, participate in Council Committees, attend the Hypertension Scientific Sessions organized by the Hypertension Council and the KCVD Council, apply for Council Awards (and nominate your colleagues), be recognized as FAHA, and participate in other opportunities provided to you by the Council. Feel free to contact me or members of the KCVD leadership committee, if you have any ideas or suggestions how we can help you or how you can contribute to the missions of AHA, and KCVD Council, particularly.

We appreciate your membership in the Council, your volunteer time, and your dedication to our Council and to the American Heart Association.

Best Wishes,

Alexander Staruschenko, PhD, FAHA
Chair, Council on Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease

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