WVU Department of Medicine Professor Alvin Moss, M.D., is one of five recipients of the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) 2015 Medal of Excellence, the association’s highest honor for healthcare professionals. The award recognizes visionaries whose insight and perseverance have led to dramatic advances that improve patient care.

Director of the Center for Health Ethics and Law, Dr. Moss is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Moss is a practicing internist, nephrologist and palliative care specialist. His interest in medical ethics grew out of his involvement with renal dialysis and transplantation.

Moss is the executive director of the West Virginia Center for End-of-Life Care and is certified by the American Medical Association's Education Program for Physicians in End-of-Life Care (EPEC). He chaired the working group of the Renal Physicians Association and the American Society of Nephrology that developed the clinical practice guideline, "Shared Decision Making in the Appropriate Initiation of and Withdrawal from Dialysis."

A selection committee comprised of leaders in the renal community, members of the AAKP Medical Advisory Board and past Medal of Excellence recipients chose the honorees. Recipients are national and international figures who have been in the forefront of scientific advances in kidney care.

The Medal of Excellence winners will be recognized throughout the 2015 year. The first recognition event was the Medal of Excellence Award Dinner March 20 at the Renal Physicians Association (RPA) Annual Meeting in Baltimore. Moss was recognized from AAKP’s physician category.

For more information on this year’s award recipients and recognition events, visit https://www.aakp.org/community/programs-events/medal-of-excellence-award-dinner.