Keith Norris, is an internationally recognized research investigator and health policy leader who has been instrumental in shaping national health policy and clinical practice guidelines. During 2007-2012 he ranked among the top 50 most highly funded National Institutes of Health (NIH) investigators in the nation, and among the three most highly cited scientists in the world in the area of chronic kidney disease and health disparities. Dr. Norris has a long and distinguished career at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU), where he has served since 2006 as executive vice president for research and health affairs. He is also an assistant dean for clinical and translational science at the Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA. From 2009-2010 he served as interim president at CDU where he was instrumental in leading the university from financial collapse and probationary status by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges to financial stability and full accreditation. His research interests focus on hypertension and chronic kidney disease (CKD) in African Americans. Other research areas include the role of Vitamin D and oxidative stress in health disparities, and enhancing community-academic partnerships. He has extensive experience in patient recruitment and retention and community-partnered research within the South Los Angeles community.