Patrick O. Gee, Ph.D., JLC

Patrick has spent his adult life as a Community Activist, fighting against systemic issues such as poverty, social and racial injustices, criminal justice reform, and education reform. Patrick worked for the Virginia Department of Corrections (1988-2008 retired) and the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice (1993-2008), where during his time in service, he acquired several awards and recognitions for the following work:

  • Virginia Department of Corrections Volunteerism and Community Outreach Award – 2005

  • Governor's Award for Volunteerism and Community Outreach Award – 2005

  • NABCJ Owen Bell Award for Chapter Development – 2004

  • Sussex County School Volunteerism of the Year – 2004

  • Richmond Public School Volunteer of the Year – 2002

  • Big Bother's & Big Sister's of Richmond, VA Big Brother of the Year – 1987

Patrick has a BS and MS in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Public Administration from the University of Richmond, Richmond, VA. He also has a Doctorate of Philosophy in Justice, Law, & Criminology from American University, Washington, DC. Patrick is also a licensed Minister at Mountain Movers Ministry, Richmond, VA. Through his ministry, Patrick founded in September 2019 iAdvocate, Inc., a non-profit Health & Wellness organization. Through faith, iAdvocate provides medical, educational toolkits, resources, and solutions primarily targeted to underserved, undervalued, and disenfranchised communities of color. Patrick is the Chief Executive Hope Dealer for iAdvocate. His mantra is, “I am the Voice for the Voiceless and the Face for the Faceless in the fight against kidney disease.”


In April 2013, Patrick was diagnosed with Stage 3b End-Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD). He began doing Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) in December 2013. On April 21, 2017, Patrick received a kidney transplant. Upon waking from the transplant surgery, he discovered that his newly transplanted kidney was not functioning due to a Delayed Graft Function (DGF). Because of this, Patrick had to endure twenty-four hours of Hemodialysis (HD) every other day until his kidney started to work.


 Five days after his kidney transplant surgery, Patrick’s physician told him that he had a Blood Clot in his neck and needed surgery to remove it. Three days after the Blood clot surgery, his physician informed him that he was Hemorrhaging and needed surgery to correct the problem.  Seventeen days after the corrective surgery for Hemorrhaging, Patrick needed a fourth surgery to create a Laparoscopic Peritoneum Window so that he could drain internally. Patrick endured a total of four surgeries and thirty-three days hospitalized, and yet, his newly transplanted kidney still was not working. On the forty-seventh day since his transplant, Patrick’s new kidney began to function. During this entire process, Patrick lost all kidney function and was not able to urinate for two and a half years before his newly transplanted kidney working


Once Patrick’s kidney began working, he hasn’t stopped in his pursuit to speak on behalf of the underserved, undervalued, and disenfranchised communities of color that are impacted by chronic kidney disease and the morbid illnesses that contribute to kidney disease such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and rare, genetic pre-dispositions. Patrick’s focus area is diversity, equity, inclusion, and equality for Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC).

Patrick current roles are listed as follows:

Scientific Membership/Board of Directors/Advisory Board Roles

  • American Association of Kidney Patients’ (AAKP) Board of Director & Ambassador

  • APOLLO APOL1 Long-Term Kidney Transplantation Outcomes Consortium’s Community Advisory Council (CAC).

  • Center for Dialysis Innovation (CDI) Patient Advisory Board (PAB).

  • Patient Family Centered-Care (PFCC) partners, Inc., Advisory Board.

  • Quality Insights ESRD Network 5 Patient Advisory Committee (PAC) Chair.

  • Quality Insights Medical Review Board of Director (MRB).

  • Otsuka Pharmaceutical Advisory Board.

Scientific Working  US & International Development Groups

  • World Health Organization (WHO) Guideline Development Group for Corticosteroids for COVID-19 Living Guidance.

  • WHO Clinical Management of COVID-19 Interim Guidance.

  • WHO Remdesivir for COVID-19: Living Guidance.

  • British Medical Journal (BMJ) on Diabetic Therapies on SGLT2 Inhibitors & GLP1 Agonists Receptors

  • American Society of Nephrology’s (ASN) Diabetes Kidney Disease Collaborative-Task Force

  • ASN’s Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) Patient Family Partnership Council

  • PFCC’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force.

  • University of Washington’s CDI Human Factors Working Group


Other Memberships/Interests:

  • American Kidney Fund (AKF) Ambassador & Certified Kidney Health Coach.

  • National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Kidney Advisory Committee (KAC) member and Your Kidney and Me Certified Instructor.

  • United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) Ambassador.

  • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Ambassador

  • Donate Life DC and VA Ambassador.

  • National Coordinating Center (NCC) Patient Family Engagement-Learning Action Network (PFE-LAN) SME and Legacy member.

  • CareDX Ambassador



  • VCU Health

  • Bayer International

  • CareDX

  • Howard University

Awards and recognitions within the medical community are listed as follows:

  • AAKP National Patient Engagement and Advocacy Award  -  2018

  • Patient of the Year, Central Virginia National Kidney Foundation – 2019

  • Quality Insights ESRD Network 5 Patient of the Year - 2019

  • Quality Insights Renal Network 5 SME Award – 2017

  • Presidential Volunteer Service Award Bronze Medalist Recipient - 2020