TAMPA, Fla. – Two physicians were honored at the American Association of Kidney Patients’ (AAKP) Award Dinner on Friday, March 16 at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington D.C. Nearly 200 physicians, health care professionals and business leaders celebrated Charles McAllister M.D., and Theodore Steinman M.D. and their commitment to the kidney community.
Held in conjunction with the Renal Physicians Association’s (RPA) Annual Meeting, the AAKP Medal of Excellence Award Program recognizes a physician(s) who has shown leadership in research and scientific pursuit of providing kidney patients a better quality of life, as well as passion in helping patients and families deal with the physical, emotional and social impact of kidney disease. Proceeds from the event benefit AAKP patient education and outreach programs.
Attendees heard from several of the award recipients’ colleagues, friends and family members including Kent Thiry, chairman and CEO of DaVita, who in a video message talked about McAllister’s impact on patients. “You made your patients feel wonderful and better and more fulfilled and safer. Not just clinically, but spiritually. Your bedside manner with patients; your bedside manners with physicians is very special. You are one of those people that loved what you did. You loved your fellow man and woman in a very special way and showed up every day.”
McAllister is credited with starting the first dialysis program in southern Florida after completing his nephrology Fellowship at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. He’s worked closely with the U.S. Naval Hospital in Orlando, Florida to develop educational programs for veterans with kidney disease that have been used extensively throughout the VA system. He’s also served as the Chief Medical Officer of DaVita Inc. Over the course of his long career, McAllister has served on the boards of several associations including the American Medical Association, American Society of Nephrology, RPA, and the End-Stage Renal Disease Network 7.