Director, Office Of Trustee and Fellowship Affairs

Donna  Fingerhut,  MS

Donna Fingerhut joined the Academy in the spring of 2012, bringing with her substantial skills and expertise, including over a decade of experience at the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), where she left as Managing Director of Scientific Activities. This work included working physicians and other members of the health care team regarding the development, implementation and dissemination of national and international guidelines for the care and treatment of individuals with kidney disease. Donna was also responsible for obtaining and maintaining continuing medical education accreditation for NKF as well as managing their annual meeting attracting more than 2,000 plus health care professionals.

Prior to her tenure at the National Kidney Foundation, Donna held several senior management positions that included Research Associate and Professional Education Director at the International Center for the Disabled, an outpatient rehabilitation center in New York City.  She also served as an Education Director for Coopers and Lybrand and a faculty and student advisor for Cornell University’s Off-Campus College Program.

Ms. Fingerhut currently provides overall leadership for the Office of Trustee and Fellowship Affairs. Donna and her team serves and supports 2,000-plus Academy Fellows and Members, works with Academy Sections and other stakeholders on developing, implementing and promoting an annual calendar of events and, administers annual fellowship and student grant programs and provides administrative support to the Board of Trustees and the Board Committees. The Office also orchestrates the myriad of responsibilities for the Academy’s Annual Meeting and Discourse and Award Ceremony.

Donna is a former Board member for the United Cerebral Palsy of New York City and currently does volunteer work for the Coalition of the Homeless and Doctors Without Borders.

Donna received her Masters of Science in Psychology/Education from Hunter College and her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Lehman College, and is a native New Yorker. 

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