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.

For more information, or If you are interested in volunteering to serve as a board or committee member, please contact the Network by sending an e-mail to info@nw2.esrd.net or calling (516) 209-5578.

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 five-year term, with staggered expiration dates to accommodate rotation of new and retiring members.

Boards meet at a minimum of four (4) times per year. Attendance at 75% of meetings, including at least one (1) face-to-face meeting, is mandatory to retain Board status, unless otherwise excused.

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.

ESRD Divisional Board (EDB)

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
Brian MurrayESRD Divisional Board ChairBuffalo, NY20082020Erie County Medical CenterNephrologist
Kirsa AnisBronx, NY20142020Jacobi Medical CenterNephrologist
Maria ArgentinaGrievance CommitteeBronx, NY20162022Bronx Dialysis CenterSocial Worker
Jarena BarkinsSyracuse, NY20142020University Dialysis Inc.RN Nurse Manager
Chaim CharytanQueens, NY20062017NY Medial Center of QueensNephrologist
George CoritisidisQueens, NY20092022Elmhurst HospitalNephrologist
Stephanie DixonPatient Advisory Committee Chair/Subject Matter ExpertBrooklyn, NY20162022N/AConsumer Representative
Dawn EdwardsPatient Advisory Committee Chair/Subject Matter ExpertQueens, NY20142020N/AConsumer Representative
Vaughn FolkertBronx, NY20142020FMS - Morris Park DialysisNephrologist
Marilyn GallerQueens, NY20112017Nephology AssociatesNephrologist
Renee Garrick*Valhalla, NY20112017Westchester Medical CenterNephrologist
Marianne NeumannAlbany, NY20142020FMS - Albany Regional Kidney CenterRN Admin
Anne PhillipBrooklyn, NY20162020Atlantic DialysisRenal Dietitian
Subodh SaggiBrooklyn, NY20162020SUNY Downstate Medical CenterNephrologist
John Wagner*Brooklyn, NY20062017Kings County Hospital CenterNephrologist

Medical Review Board (MRB)

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
George CortisidisQueens, NY20092020Elmhurst HospitalNephrologist
Chaim CharytanQueens, NY20062017NY Medial Center of QueensNephrologist
Vaughn FolkertBronx, NY20142020FMS - Morris Park DialysisNephrologist
Sean KallooNew York, NY20162022Columbia University Medical CenterNephrologist
Elka KlarsfeldTarrytown, NY20132020Hudson Valley Dialysis CenterRenal Social Worker
Larry KunstadtJamaica, NY20162022N/AConsumer Representative
Robert LynnBronx, NY20062017Kidney Medical AssociatesNephrologist
Matthew MerendinaMineola, NY20162022Winthrop University HospitalBio Technician
Brian MurrayESRD Divisional Board ChairBuffalo, NY20082021Erie County Medical CenterNephrologist
Marianne NeumannAlbany, NY20142020FMS - Albany Regional Kidney CenterRN Admin
Nelson Nuu00f1ezPatient Advisory Committee Chair/Subject Matter ExpertNew York, NY20132020N/AConsumer Representative
Eugene PetraStaten Island, NY20132018Nephrologist
Anne PhillipBrooklyn, NY20162022Atlantic DialysisRenal Dietitian
Subodh SaggiBrooklyn, NY20162022SUNY Downstate Medical CenterNephrologist
John Wagner*Brooklyn, NY20062017Kings County Hospital CenterNephrologist

Grievance Committee

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
Marilyn Galler, MDGrievance Committee ChairQueens, NY20142020Trude Weishaupt Memorial Dialysis CenterNephrologist
Ellen De Marco, RNBrooklyn, NY2011N/ARogosin Institute RN Admin
Jarena Barkins, RNSyracuse, NY2014N/ADCI University DialysisRN Admin
Fred AtkinPatient Advisory Committee Member/Subject Matter ExpertCommack, NY2016N/AN/AConsumer Representative
Maria Argentina, LCSW-R, NSW-CBronx, NY2016N/ABronx Dialysis CenterRenal Social Worker
Ashdean Daruwalla, MDQueens, NY2016N/AAtlantic DialysisNephrologist
Minesh Khatri, MDNew York, NY2016N/ANYP Columbia DialysisNephrologist
Dominique EdwardsJamaica, NY2016N/AQueens Dialysis at the Pavilion, LLCAdmin Assistant
Evelyn Ayala, LPNLynbrook, NY2016N/ADaVita Lynbrook DialysisLPN