Richard Knight is the president of the American Association of Kidney Patients. He is a former hemodialysis patient who received a kidney transplant approximately fourteen years ago.
Richard received his MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and his BA in Accounting from Hampton University. He is a former member of the National Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Advisory Council. He was appointed to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) Review Committee and is a member of the Steering Committee for NIDDK’s Kidney Precision Medicine Project. He has served as a member of six Technical Expert Panels (TEPs) for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Assistance (CMS). He also serves on the NIDDK Electronic Care Plan Working Group. He has a background in public policy and Congressional operations based on both his professional experience on Capitol Hill, where he served in various roles, including communications, policy, and as legislative director, as well his advocacy work as a kidney transplant patient. He is a lecturer in Business Strategy & Policy at Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland.