Northwest Kidney Centers names new members to its Board of Trustees

Northwest Kidney Centers recently added new members to its board of trustees. The Northwest’s largest nonprofit kidney dialysis provider welcomes the following individuals to help advise the organization’s leaders and set policy going forward.

Lauren Gardner, MBA, is corporate vice president, Global Talent Acquisition, at Microsoft. Gardner leads a team responsible for the company’s university, industry, and executive-level hiring. She has worked in various human resources leadership roles at Microsoft since 1991, and serves as HR Executive Sponsor for Microsoft’s Blacks at Microsoft employee resource group. Gardner earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Washington.    


Dr. Shika Pappoe, MPH, MBA, is chief medical officer and nephrologist with Hill Physicians Medical Group. She previously worked for Strive Health, where she served as the renal and value-based care expert. She earned her medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine, her Master of Public Health from Harvard, and her Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


Hina Patel is the Chief Growth Officer for Microsoft ‘s U.S. healthcare and public sector industries. Patel leads the strategic market development, aligning the company’s strategic business plan with its operating model and organizational structure. She has built a career around driving business strategy, creating high-performing teams, and transforming culture to unlock organizational power, and accelerating growth.

Patel is a strong advocate for equality and access to education and healthcare, serving as a member and ally of the Hispanic and Latinx Organization ofLeaders in Action (HOLA) Microsoft employee resource group.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Westminster, in the United Kingdom.


Dr. Sanjit Reddy, a transplant nephrologist and member of Swedish Medical Center’s transplant program, joins the board of trustees and steps into the role of chairman of Northwest Kidney Centers’ Foundation Board, where he has served since 2017. Dr. Reddy graduated from the University of the West Indies, completed his residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and completed fellowships in transplant nephrology and nephrology at California Pacific Medical Center and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, respectively.

Board members whose terms came to an end on June 30th include Raj Mehrotra, MD, Rich Bloch, Russ Stepp, Chris Seel, and Meredith Matthews, MD. Northwest Kidney Centers extends its gratitude for their generosity, dedication, and passion.

Northwest Kidney Centers is a not-for-profit, community-based provider of kidney dialysis, public health education and research into the causes and treatments of chronic kidney disease. Founded in Seattle in 1962, it was the world’s first outpatient dialysis organization and today is the eighth-largest dialysis provider in the United States, serving nearly 2,000 patients a year in 20 dialysis centers and eight hospitals in the Puget Sound region.

Northwest Kidney Centers’ mission is to promote the optimal health, quality of life and independence of people with kidney disease. Its patients have access to the first-in-the-nation kidney palliative care program, as well as an outpatient pharmacy staffed by kidney specialists. Through its long-standing partnership with the University of Washington, Northwest Kidney Centers helped establish the Kidney Research Institute and the Center for Dialysis Innovation in support of new treatments and discoveries to better patients’ lives. For more information, visit