Media Advisory: GW Launches Ron & Joy Paul Kidney Center
WASHINGTON (Oct. 28, 2015) — The George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences, GW Hospital, and the GW Medical Faculty Associates will host an event on Thurs, Nov. 5, to announce the Ron & Joy Paul Kidney Center.
The event, held in Foggy Bottom, will launch the Ron & Joy Paul Kidney Center and will include a reunion of kidney donors and recipients from GW Hospital’s first-ever paired kidney exchange:
- The Ron & Joy Paul Kidney Center will be established at GW.
Thanks to a $2.5 million gift from The Ron and Joy Paul Family Foundation, established by Ron Paul, chairman and co-founder of EagleBank, and founder of Ronald Paul Companies, a real estate development company, and his wife Joy, a social worker in private practice, the new Center will address the growing burden of end-stage renal disease among D.C. citizens. The Center will launch several initiatives to raise awareness about kidney disease, which is prevalent in D.C., and encourage live kidney donation.
- Kidney donors and recipients will meet for the first time
Earlier this year, GW performed its first-ever paired kidney exchange, led by renowned physician, Dr. Keith Melancon, director of the Transplant Institute at GW Hospital. This was a historic moment for GW, but it also brings additional transplant services to the Washington, D.C. area. At the event, kidney donors and recipients will meet for the very first time. The exchange allowed patients in desperate need of kidney transplants, and their loved ones who were not a match, to receive and donate a kidney through a three-way swap.
The need for live kidney donation in the U.S. is urgent — 12 people die each day while waiting for a life-saving kidney transplant. In Washington, D.C., kidney transplants have decreased, but the incidence of end-stage renal disease has increased. The Ron & Joy Paul Kidney Center will raise awareness about kidney disease and help increase live kidney donation in the District.
- Jeffrey S. Akman, M.D., vice president for health affairs, Walter A. Bloedorn Professor of Administrative Medicine, and dean of the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences
- Barry Wolfman, chief executive officer and managing director of GW Hospital
- Ron Paul, CEO of EagleBank, real-estate developer, philanthropist, and two-time kidney donation recipient
- Keith Melancon, M.D., director of the Transplant Institute at GW Hospital, chief of the Division of Transplant Surgery at the GW Medical Faculty Associates, and professor of surgery at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Thurs, Nov. 5, 2015
9:30–10:00 a.m. — Arrival and breakfast served
10:00–11:00 a.m. — Remarks
The GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences
2300 I St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20052
Weingold Executive Conference Room – 7th Floor