Dr. Patrick Gee had been a peritoneal dialysis patient since December 2013. On April 21, 2017, Patrick received a kidney transplant at the Hume-Lee Transplant Center at the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University. After spending 33 days in the hospital, four surgeries and a 47-day wait until his kidney began to function, Patrick is back to advocating for more comprehensive healthcare, patient engagement, community educational resources, and a better quality of life for kidney patients.
He co-founded iAdvocate, a non-profit organization that focuses on disseminating health and wellness educational resources on diabetes, obesity, kidney disease and cardiovascular disease to underserved, undervalued and disenfranchised communities. An ordained minister, Patrick’s motto is “I am a Voice for the Voiceless and the Face for the Faceless in the fight against kidney disease.” His involvement in the following organization is a reflection of his commitment to people living with kidney disease:
- Quality Insights Renal Network 5 Chair, patient advisory committee and member of Medical Review Board of Directors.
- American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) Board of Directors and Ambassador
- National Kidney Foundation Kidney Advocacy Committee (KAC) & Y&YK Instructor
- Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) Patient Family Partnership Council (PFPC)
- National Coordinating Center National Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Subject Matter Expert
- National Coordinating Center’s National Patient and Family Engagement Learning and Action Network (NPFE-LAN) Subject Matter Expert
- United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Ambassador
- Donate Life of Virginia Ambassador
- American Kidney Fund (AKF) Ambassador & Certified Kidney Health Coach
- Chronic Disease Coalition (CDC) Ambassador
- Patient-Oriented Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Ambassador
- APOL1-genotype Long-Term Kidney Consortium Research Study Community Advisory Committee Member (APOLLO Steering Committee)
- University of Washington Center for Dialysis Innovation (CDI) Patient Advisory Board and the Human Factors Working Group member