John Bayton was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in 2003 and has since undergone two kidney transplants, with his most recent on February 27, 2019, at MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute (MGTI). Throughout John’s 17 year kidney journey, he has experienced every modality of ESRD treatment including in-center hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, nocturnal dialysis, and home hemodialysis. John’s experience allows him to speak to the patient experience which has led to frequent speaking engagements and participation on panels and advisory boards.
John has been appointed to serve a three-year term on the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network’s (OPTN) Minority Affairs Committee. He is a member of the University of Manitoba’s Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity (SOGI) Advisory Board and a consultant and SME for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’(CMS) ESRD Network 5’s Patient Advisory Committee (PAC) managed by Quality Insights. John is an active patient ambassador and subject matter expert (SME) for the National Kidney Foundation, American Kidney Fund, Infinite Legacy, and the Coalition for Supportive Kidney Health (CSCK). He is a former member of the American Society of Transplantation (AST) Transplant Community Advisory Council (TCAC) and was the first patient advocate to serve on AST’s public policy committee.
John attended Washington and Lee University, in Lexington, VA, and majored in political science and technical theater. John specializes in public relations, marketing, and strategic business development. He is involved in the District of Columbia’s events and restaurant industry. John is a passionate advocate for social change, and keen on addressing the disparities that exist in our society. John enjoys amateur photography, is a bit of a foodie, and loves to indulge in science fiction and technology.