Boards and Committees

The IPRO Board of Directors, ESRD Divisional Board, Medical Review Board, Network Council, and committees support and facilitate Network operations. The roles and purpose of these groups are periodically reassessed to ensure that they continue to meet current needs. Board and committee members include representatives from dialysis and transplant facilities, as well as other strategic organizations in each Network service area.

The involvement of patient representatives is vital to the success of Network activities and to improving the quality of care and life for ESRD patients as we move toward the vision of patient-centered care. Therefore, all Boards and committees include at least two patient representatives.

ESRD Boards – Duties and Responsibilities

The ESRD Divisional Boards and Medical Review Boards for each Network are composed of renal professionals and patients qualified to evaluate the quality and appropriateness of care delivered to ESRD patients. Members of the Boards represent the diverse geographic areas and the multiple professional disciplines of the Network service area. This includes nephrologists, nurses, social workers, dietitians, technicians, and at least two ESRD patients.

Members are elected for a three-year term, with staggered expiration dates to accommodate rotation of new and retiring members.

Board members meet at a minimum of four (4) times per year (combination of virtual and face-to-face meetings). Attendance at 75% of meetings is mandatory to retain Board status.

Each member is required to sign a Conflict of Interest statement and Affirmation of Agreement with IPRO’s Confidentiality, Privacy and Security Policy on an annual basis.

ESRD Divisional Board (EDB)

The Network has an ESRD Divisional Board (EDB) that is responsible for the oversight and management of the Network. The EDB serves as an expert panel that analyzes and advises the IPRO Board of Director on quality improvement activities and policies and procedures for the ESRD Network Program.

The EDB shall perform the following functions in regard to the delivery of ESRD care:

  1. Review and recommend to the IPRO Board of Directors policies and procedures;
  2. Interface with CMS and other regulatory agencies;
  3. Encouraging patient participation, providers of services, and ESRD facilities in vocational rehabilitation programs;
  4. Developing criteria and standards relating to the quality and appropriateness of patient care and Network goals;
  5. Implementing procedures for evaluation and resolution of patient grievances by the Medical Review Board.
  6. Identifying facilities consistently not meeting Network goals, assisting facilities in developing appropriate plans for correction, and submitting recommendations to the Medical Review Board regarding facilities and providers that are not providing appropriate medical care; and
  7. Supporting activities of the Medical Review Board and the Patient Advisory Committee.

Bylaws state 5 year term. Chair term does not apply. No compensation provided for members.
Appointment by year (%): 2016 (7%), 2017 (0%), 2018 (57%), 2019 (7%), 2020 (29%)

MemberTitle/CommitteeLocationYear AppointedYear Term EndsAffiliatePosition
Steven Pastan, MDESRD Divisional Board ChairAtlanta, GA 20162020Emory Transplant CenterAssociate Professor of Medicine
Joetta CoxKinston, NC20162020DaVitaSocial Worker
April HamiltonRidgeland, SC20162020DaVita Walterboro Dialysis Facility Administrator
Benjamin Hippen, MD, FASN, FASTCharlotte, NC20162020Metrolina Nephrology Associates, P.A.Nephrologist
Teresa HoosierWinston Salem, NC20162020Wake Forest Outpatient DialysisClinical Development Coordinator
Sandra Kaiser, RNBlythwood, SC20162020American Renal AssociatesRegional Vice President ARA, SC
Ron KrokeyWoodstock, GA20162020N/AConsumer Representative
Ginger Mirabella, MS, RN, LDN20162020FMCNA Plymouth Kidney Center/Pamlico Dialysis UnitRenal Dietitian
Keith TaylorDurham, NC20162020N/AConsumer Representative
Victoria Teodorescu, MD, FASN, FASTMedical Review Board MemberAtlanta, GA20162020Grady HealthcareVascular Surgeon
Anna ToddGarner, NC20162020FMCNARegional Lead Social Worker
Tushar Vachharajani, MD, FASN, FACPMedical Review Board MemberSalisbury, NC20162020Department of Veterans AffairsChief, Section of Nephrology
Sonia WynneCochran, GA 20162020Central Georgia Technical CollegeCertified Hemodialysis Nurse

Medical Review Board (MRB)

The Medical Review Board (MRB) is an advisory panel to the Network Council on the quality and appropriateness of care delivered to ESRD patients. The MRB also advises on quality improvement activities, including analysis of local data such as clinical performance measures, and develops, implements, and evaluates Network quality improvement projects.

The MRB shall perform the following functions in regard to the delivery of ESRD care:

  1. Advising the Divisional Board and Network Staff on the care and appropriate placement of ESRD;
  2. Advising the Divisional Board and Network staff on all Network quality improvement activities;
  3. Assisting Network staff in the development, implementation and evaluation of quality improvement projects;
  4. Making recommendations to the Network regarding sanctions for facilities or providers that do not comply with Network goals or standards; and
  5. Evaluating whether Network projects require Institutional Review Board approval or involvement pursuant to Office of Human Research Protection regulations.

Bylaws state 5 year term. Chair term does not apply. No compensation provided for members.
Appointment by year (%): 2016 (24%), 2017 (0%), 2018 (18%), 2019 (12%), 2020 (41%)

MemberTitle/CommitteeLocationYear AppointedYear Term EndsAffiliatePosition
Milos Budisavljevic, MDMedical Review Board ChairCharleston, SC20162020MUSCProfessor of Medicine
John Doran, MDAtlanta, GA20162020Grady Memorial HospitalChief of Renal Services
Rebecca FordSC20162020DCIRenal Dietitian
Cynthia FranklinFayetteville, NC20162020N/AConsumer Representative
Mitzi HutchensWinston Salem, NC20162020Wake Forest Outpatient DialysisHome Therapies Coordinator
Kimberly KeavenyGaston, SC20162020DaVitaFacility Administrator
Zipporah Krishnasami, MDCharleston, SC20162020MUSCClinical Associate Professor
Janice Lea, MDAtlanta, GA20162020Nephrologist
Dorothy MuenchHigh Point, NC 20162020Wake Forest BaptistSocial Worker
Jessica NewsomeConway, NC 20162020FMCNA East Northhampton County DialysisClinical Manager
Betsy ParkerCalhoun, GA20162020US Renal CareSocial Worker
Victoria Teodorescu, MDESRD Divisional Board MemberAtlanta, GA 20162020Grady Healthcare Vascular Surgeon
Tushar Vachharajani, MD, FASN, FACPESRD Divisional Board Member20162020
David WellsLillington, NC 20162020FMCNAFacility Administrator, Regional Vice President
Amanda WilsonSuwanee, GA 20162020N/AConsumer Representative
Charlotte WoodSwainsboro, GA 20162020American Renal AssociatesClinical Manager

Grievance Committee

The Network Grievance Committee is an advisory panel to the Network Council consisting of nephrology physicians, nurses, social workers and patient/consumer representatives. The committee investigates and resolves patient grievances in accordance with CMS procedures and Network policies.

Bylaws state Chair term is 5 year term. No compensation provided for members.
Appointment by year (%): 2016 (0%), 2017 (0%), 2018 (30%), 2019 (0%), 2020 (70%)

MemberTitle/CommitteeLocationYear AppointedYear Term EndsAffiliatePosition
Benjamin Hippen, MDGrievance Committee ChairNC20162022Metrolina NephrologyNephrologist
Anna Rutherford, MSWNC20162020Fresenius Kidney CareRegional Lead Social Worker
Teri Browne, PhD, MSWSC20162020University of South CarolinaAssociate Professor, College of Social Work
Eric Dolby, Sr.NC20162017Consumer Representative
Cynthia FranklinNC20162020Consumer Representative
Patty StetsonNC20162022Interventionist
Keith TaylorNC20162022Consumer Representative
David WellsNC20162022Fresenius Medical CareRegional Vice President
Charlotte Wood, RNNC20162022American Renal AssociatesClinical Manager
Sonia Wynne, RNGA20162022Central GA TechCertified Hemodialysis Nurse

Patient Advisory Committee (PAC)

The PAC is committed to enhancing the quality of life for End-stage Renal Disease (ESRD) patients through education, communication, and active representation.

Who are PAC members?

A PAC member is either an ESRD patient, transplant recipient, care partner, or family member of a dialysis patient. PAC representatives act as the voice for ESRD patients and are passionate about improving the quality of life for their fellow patients. PAC members are volunteers who are nominated by their facility social worker.