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In recognition of American Heart Month, Dr. Poffenroth will discuss the connection between heart disease and kidney disease. Heart disease can cause kidney disease, but kidney disease can also cause heart disease. Heart disease is the most common cause of death among people on dialysis, so it’s so important to learn how to protect yourself if you have either condition.

Join us to learn more about:

  • The relationship between heart disease and kidney disease, and their common risk factors.
  • Steps a person should take if they have either condition to protect themselves from developing the other.
  • Ways of managing the complications of kidney disease that are linked to heart problems, including anemia, high blood pressure and imbalanced levels of calcium and phosphorous.

Speaker:

Dr. Matthew Poffenroth

Dr. Matthew Poffenroth is a member of the American Kidney Fund Board of Trustees and serves as Co-Chair of the Kidney Disease Prevention, Education & Outreach Committee. He also serves on the Medical Advisory Committee.

Dr. Poffenroth received his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1994, and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at York Hospital in York, Pennsylvania, in 1999. He was the founder and president of a 40-physician hospitalist group in Montgomery County, Maryland, from 2003 to 2007, during which time he also received his MBA from Johns Hopkins University. In 2007, Dr. Poffenroth joined Suburban Hospital Health System in Bethesda, Maryland, as president of Premier Physician Group. In 2009, when Suburban Hospital was acquired by Johns Hopkins Health System, Dr. Poffenroth joined Johns Hopkins Community Physicians (JCHP) as regional medical director. He served as chief of medical specialties and director of clinical integration for JHCP, and medical director for the Johns Hopkins Medicine Alliance for Patients, an Accountable Care Organization. Currently, he serves as Chief Medical Officer for the Signature Partners Network at Inova Health System.

Dr. Poffenroth’s career has focused on leading and aligning physicians toward a common goal of providing high-quality care within an integrated delivery system. As a primary care physician, one of his primary goals has been to help patients prevent and manage the common chronic diseases that can lead to kidney failure (diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease).