Dallas Nephrology Associates’ Roberto Collazo-Maldonado, M.D. received the esteemed honor of being appointed to the Chronic Kidney Disease Task Force by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
Dr. Collazo-Maldonado was one of 16 doctors statewide to receive this appointment, which was officially announced on January 27 this year. The doctors’ terms will expire at the pleasure of the governor.
“Dr. Collazo-Maldonado’s charismatic and detailed-oriented approach in the care of his CKD patients has earned him an outstanding reputation not only in the Dallas area but also in the State of Texas,” said Dr. Alexander Liang, CEO of Dallas Nephrology Associates. “I am confident that he will represent both DNA as well as the kidney community well as we all navigate through the new regulations that will affect our specialty in the future.”
The Glenda Dawson Act
Approved by the Texas Legislature in June 2019, Texas House Bill 1225, named The Glenda Dawson Act, re-establishes the Chronic Kidney Disease Task Force to coordinate the implementation of the state’s plan to increase prevention, early screening, diagnosis, and management of chronic kidney disease (CKD). The task force is also charged with enhancing the education of healthcare professionals about CKD.
On July 10, 2019, President Donald Trump signed the Kidney Health Initiative. The executive order was issued to improve kidney health and encourage increased treatment options for American patients with CKD.
Goals of the Kidney Health Initiative include:
- Preventing kidney failure through better diagnosis
- Treatment and preventative care
- Increasing the number of kidney transplants
- Increasing the number of patients on home dialysis
Dr. Collazo-Maldonado serves as the Chief of Nephrology and Program Director for the Nephrology Fellowship Program at Methodist Dallas. He joined Dallas Nephrology Associates 21 years ago in 1999. Dr. Collazo-Maldonado is board-certified in Nephrology and Internal Medicine, and practices at Dallas Nephrology Associates’ Dallas Bishop office.
Dr. Collazo-Maldonado received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. He completed his residency at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Juan, Puerto Rico and his Nephrology fellowship at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
Read Governor Abbott’s official press release: https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-appoints-sixteen-to-the-chronic-kidney-disease-task-force