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Dr. Abdo Asmar, a nephrology specialist at UCF Pegasus Health, the College of Medicine’s physician practice, and assistant professor of medicine, was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) of Florida.

The NKF of Florida, now in its 29th year, is one of 48 affiliates of the National Kidney Foundation, a national voluntary health agency.

Dr. Asmar, a multiple recipient of teaching awards at the College of Medicine, specializes in caring for patients with kidney disease, high blood pressure, kidney stones and disorders of electrolyte and mineral metabolism. He volunteers at the NKF’s Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP), which targets individuals with an increased risk of developing kidney disease in underserved areas of the state.

“Kidney disease is usually silent, so these types of programs can save lives,” he said.

Dr. Asmar also has been selected to serve on NKF of Florida’s Medical Advisory Board.

“He is very energetic and enthusiastic,” says Stephanie A. Hutchinson, Chief Executive Officer of NKF Florida. “A testament to his dedication is evident in the volunteering of his time to help others at our KEEP screenings.”

“Kidney diseases and hypertension are among the most common chronic medical problems,” says Dr. Asmar, who received his fellowship training in Clinical Nephrology at the University of Florida and completed his residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago where he was named Chief Resident.  He is also a designated clinical specialist in hypertension.

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