Unexpected Inspiration

Kidneys for Communities CEO, Atul Agnihotri and his wife Rashmi Agnihotri at the University of Toledo Graduate Student Commencement Ceremony. Atul earned his Master of Science in Civil Engineering (M.S.C.E.)

As the country turns its attention to commencement speeches for inspiration, Kidneys for Communities CEO Atul Agnihotri was approached by the staff at the University of Toledo Alumni eMagazine to share his university experience.

Atul graduated from the University of Toledo with a passion for global leadership, but little did he know that his education and leadership roles would be dedicated to addressing the living kidney donation shortage. 

Atul’s life took an unexpected turn in 2015 when he was diagnosed with kidney failure. He went from diagnosis to receiving a transplant within three months at The University of Toledo Medical Center. His personal encounter with renal failure drew him toward others facing similar challenges. 

Since joining Kidneys for Communities, Atul has worked to increase living kidney donations, enhance laws, policies, and best practices to enable more living kidney transplants, and help patients with kidney failure.

“With 100,000 people awaiting a life-saving kidney in the U.S., I am looking forward to connecting those who want to help with those who are in need of a kidney,” said Atul. “This starts with the compassion and connection of communities, including my fellow UToledo alumni.”

Read more about Atul Agnihotri in the May 2022 edition of the University of Toledo Alumni eMagazine.

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