Renal Disease Advisory Committee (RDAC)



The role of the Renal Disease Advisory Committee is to advise the Department in matters related to the Renal Program created under the Renal Diseases Act (35 P.S. section 6201, et seq.). 


The Committee consults with the Department in the development of standards for determining eligibility for care and treatment in the administration of the Renal Diseases Act, and to establish, with the approval of the Secretary of Health, standards for the expenditure of state funds. Funds are provided for the support of persons suffering from renal diseases to assure the availability of specialized personnel, resources, and equipment necessary to enable such persons to function and to care for patients with severe uremia. 


The Committee consists of eleven members, appointed by the Governor to initially serve a two year term with the provision that members may be reappointed.  The Committee meets quarterly.  As required, special meetings/conference calls may be called by the chairperson or the Department.



Current Members


Robin Asick, Fresenius Medical Services (Renal Social Worker)
Board of Directors, The Kidney Foundation of Central PA (KFCP)

Jose F. Bernardo, M.D. (Nephrologist)

UPMC, Dialysis Center Inc.


Robert Gradzki, M.D. (Nephrologist)

Dialysis Corporation of America


Kevin Ho, M.D. (Nephrologist)

UPMC, Presbyterian University Hospital , Magee Women's Hospital


Ruth Jeannerat, R.N. (Registered Nurse)

Nephrology Associates of Central PA, Inc.


Akhtar S. Khan, M.D. (Transplant Surgeon)

Milton S. Hershey Medical Center


Heather Lash (Dietician)


Bernard J. McGovern R. Ph. (Pharmacist)

Rite Aid Pharmacy 

Marcy Saunders (Consumer)


Tina M. Scipio, PharmD (Pharmacist)