The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) congratulates its Vice President and Falls Church resident, Paul T. Conway, on his recent appointments by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell to the following committees, including the Board of Health Professions for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The 18-member board with representatives from each of the 13 health regulatory boards and five citizen members from across the state advise the Department of Health Professions Director, the Secretary of Health and Human Resources and the Governor and the General Assembly on matters relating to the regulation of health care providers.
Conway was also appointed to the Secure Commonwealth Panel, which serves as the homeland security advisory board to the Governor of Virginia and is in the executive branch of state government. Its main priorities are to monitor and assess Virginia’s emergency-response initiatives and ability to anticipate all incidents including man-made and natural disasters.
Conway is a former peritoneal dialysis patient and current transplant recipient from F.C. He has 20 years of policy experience under four presidents, four Federal cabinet secretaries, four Federal agency heads and three governors. As one of his recognitions, Conway was recipient of the Department of Homeland Security Secretary’s Silver Medal from Secretary Michael Chertoff for exceptionally meritorious service to the United States for his work related to rebuilding New Orleans and the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina.
“Mr. Conway is a noted speaker regarding access to quality care, patient treatment options and organ donation,” said Karen Ryals, AAKP Executive Director, in a press release Friday. “He is an excellent example of the type of quality members AAKP has on its National Board of Directors representing the patient voice.”
Conway added, “Public service is particularly meaningful after having received a transplant and been given the gift of life. I have committed myself, each day, to serve my nation and my fellow citizens. These appointments, while each unique, deal with issues that affect citizens in the most profound of ways – personal health and safety. It is a tremendous honor to be asked to serve the Governor and the citizens of Virginia on these issues.”