Dr. Tamara Kear is the Executive Director for the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) and an Associate Adjunct Professor at Villanova University. In 2019, she held the elected position as the National President for the American Nephrology Nurses Association during which time she directed ANNA’s response and actions related to the Advancing American Kidney Health Initiative. She received the American Association of Kidney Patient’s Medal of Excellence in the nursing category in 2020 for leading ANNA’s response to the Advancing American Kidney Initiative. Dr. Kear received her undergraduate nursing degree from Gwynedd-Mercy University, a Master’s in Nursing from Thomas Jefferson University, and a Ph.D. from Villanova University. Dr. Kear has 30 years of clinical experience in the care of patients with kidney disease and is considered a nurse expert in the field.  Dr. Kear has received extensive grant funding for her research on nurse and patient safety in nephrology/dialysis settings, hypertension self-management, and infection prevention. Dr. Kear has received grants and recognition for her research and leadership from Villanova University, Sigma Theta Tau International, and the American Nephrology Nurses Association. Dr. Kear was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2019.