ESRD National Coordinating Center Launches Ask the Experts, Topics for Renal Professionals

Ask The Experts

The End Stage Renal Disease National Coordinating Center (ESRD NCC) announces the launch of Ask the Experts, a continuing series of profiles and interviews, focusing on topics of interest to professionals in the kidney community. Each month the ESRD NCC website,, will feature an interview or discussion of a topic with a respected professional in the ESRD field.

The first in the series is a profile of Dr. Joseph A. Vassalotti, Lead Clinical Consultant for the ESRD National Coordinating Center, including the Fistula First Catheter Last (FFCL) Quality Improvement Project, and Chief Medical Officer of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF). Dr. Vassalotti educates both professionals and patients in the kidney community and encourages vascular access planning.

Ask the Experts will cover a broad range of topics, such as vascular access planning and monitoring, preventing blood stream infections, and implementing clinical practice guidelines into routine care. If you would like to suggest a topic for an interview or discussion, please contact the ESRD NCC at

The End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) National Coordinating Center (NCC) provides support and coordination at the national level for the Medicare ESRD Network Program, under contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS.) For more information, please contact the ESRD NCC at 813-865-3535 or email

This publication was developed under Contract Number HHSM-500-2013-NW002C, titled “End Stage Renal Disease National Coordinating Center (ESRD NCC)”, sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Department of Health and Human Services. The contents presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy.