Governor Greg Abbott appointed Benedicta Anikputa and Corey D. Ball, MD, to the Chronic Kidney Disease Task Force for terms at the governor’s discretion. The task force coordinates the implementation of the state’s plan for the prevention, early detection, diagnosis and management of chronic kidney disease and educates healthcare professionals.
Benedicte Anikputa d’Austin is a nurse with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. Anikputa earned a bachelor’s degree in human biology and public health from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston. Anikputa holds a Ph.D. Nursing student at the University of Texas at Austin.
Corey D. Ball, MD of Tyler is a nephrologist and president of the Centers for Kidney Care. He is chief of medicine and chief of nephrology for UT Health East Texas at Tyler, and is a member of the medical executive committee for UT Health East Texas at Tyler. He is also Chief of Nephrology for Christus Trinity Mother Francis. He sits on several committees at both hospitals. He is a member of the Smith County Medical Society and the Texas Medical Association. Ball earned a BS in Biology from Texas Tech University and an MD from Texas Tech University Health Science Center, where he continued his studies in internal medicine and nephrology.