Allan J. Collins, MD, FACP, Director of the Chronic Disease Research Group, Executive Director of the Peer Kidney Care Initiative, and Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota, has more than 30 years of experience in nephrology and ESRD treatment. He served as director of the NIH/NIDDK’s United States Renal Data System from 1999‐2014. He received his medical degree from Wayne State University, completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota Hospitals and his fellowship in Nephrology at Hennepin County Medical Center, University of Minnesota. Dr. Collins has published more than 225 articles, 600 abstracts, and 20 book chapters, and has given more than 365 invited presentations.
Dr. Collins’ clinical experience and research have focused on acute and chronic care of ESRD and chronic kidney disease patients and prospective and retrospective clinical studies on dialysis techniques and associated outcomes. He has worked extensively with high‐efficiency dialysis and therapy prescription, the technical elements of dialysis, billing systems (ICD‐10 and CPT‐4 claims elements), and computer systems and operations. He has held several leadership roles at the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), serving as president for two years, and on the NKF scientific advisory board for six years, and with the Kidney Dialysis Outcomes Quality Initiative. He also served on the International Society of Nephrology’s Commission for the Global Advancement of Nephrology Committee.