Rebecca J. Schmidt, DO, FACP, FASN is a graduate of the University of Osteopathic Medicine & Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Nephrology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, joining the faculty of West Virginia University School of Medicine in 1993. Moving from Detroit to Morgantown, Dr. Schmidt found her passion in rural outreach and since becoming Section Chief of Nephrology in 2001, has strived to decentralize nephrology care in northcentral West Virginia in response to the needs of West Virginians at risk for kidney disease who live distant to medical care. The Section’s rural nephrology program currently serve patients at 12 off-campus clinic locations and in 2016, will reach their 50,000 patient visit mark. Dr. Schmidt was promoted to full professor in 2006. In 2005, she received the WVU School of Medicine Dean’s Award for Excellence in Community Service. In 2006, she was honored as a Local Legend among WVU Women Who Made a Difference. She received the Ethel and Gerry Heebink Award for Distinguished State Service (Extended) in March 2007 and in 2008 Dr. Schmidt received the National Kidney Foundation Gift of Life Award. Currently, Dr. Schmidt serves as President of the Renal Physicians Association.