The Kidney TRUST

New Board Member John Schaeffler Brings Health Policy Expertise to the TRUST

John Schaeffler, who recently joined The Kidney TRUST’s Board of Directors, has spent his career in Washington, D.C. focused primarily on health policy issues.  John is currently General Manager for Government Relations for GE Healthcare and before that was Senior Vice President of Federal Affairs for DaVita where he was focused on raising awareness in Washington about the prevention and treatment of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and improving the quality of care for people who have CKD.

John Schaeffler

I’m new to the TRUST board, but I am very familiar with the TRUST’s CKD education and prevention efforts,” said John.  “The human and financial cost of kidney disease is growing every year and there is much more we can be doing as a society to prevent or delay the progression of CKD to kidney failure.”

We’re extremely fortunate to have an experienced health policy professional like John on the TRUST board,” said TRUST President and CEO Annette Eros. “Although one in six Americans has CKD, it’s not yet a disease that is on the public’s radar – John will be invaluable in helping us to get it there.”

John lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife Hilary, son Chapin and daughter Brook.   This is John’s second tour with GE Healthcare, having previously served as Senior Manager of Government Relations from 2004 to 2009.  Prior to coming to GE Healthcare the first time, John spent nine years at the American Health Care Association (AHCA) ending his time there as Senior Vice President for Policy and Government Relations.  John began his career as a legislative aide to two Members of Congress from Minnesota from 1987 through 1995.  He is a graduate of American University’s School of Public Affairs with a degree in political science.