National Blood Clot Alliance Appoints New Executive Director

National Blood Clot Alliance Appoints New Executive Director

Linda D. Wilkinson to Lead Organization with Strategic Focus Aimed at Improving Recognition and Care of Blood Clots

Gaithersburg, MD – November 23, 2020 – The National Blood Clot Alliance (NBCA) announces the appointment of Linda D. Wilkinson as its new Executive Director. Wilkinson, who took the helm earlier this month, was selected following a rigorous national executive search undertaken by the organization’s Board of Directors.

“We’re very pleased to have Ms. Wilkinson step into this crucial role for the organization,” says Leslie Lake, Chair of NBCA’s Board of Directors. “Her skills in nonprofit management and health policy affairs provide a strong complement to our organizational needs and align perfectly with NBCA’s strategic aims at this pivotal time in the organization’s history. Her expertise will contribute to the creation of many new opportunities for our organization and for the diverse spectrum of constituents we serve.”

Before joining NBCA, Wilkinson was Chief Executive Officer at the Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, Richmond, VA, where she was responsible for oversight of 64 member clinics serving more than 70,000 patients. Previously, Wilkinson also was Director, Community Development & Education, for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Central Virginia Chapter, Glen Allen, VA.

“I look forward to working with members of NBCA’s Board of Directors, its Medical & Scientific Advisory Board, staff, and our many dedicated volunteers to advance the mission,” Wilkinson says. “Moving forward, I will be focused on further expanding recognition about the impact blood clots have on public health, and working to improve the understanding and care of blood clots. This is an immensely important undertaking, given the aging of our nation’s population, as well as the growing emphasis being placed on eliminating health disparities for improved healthcare outcomes and reduced healthcare costs.”

NBCA is a 501c3 non-profit, voluntary health organization dedicated to advancing the prevention, early diagnosis, and successful treatment of life-threatening blood clots, such as deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and clot-provoked stroke.  NBCA works on behalf of all people who may be susceptible to blood clots, including people with clotting disorders, atrial fibrillation, cancer, traumatic injury, and risks related to surgery, lengthy immobility, childbirth, and hormonal birth control.  NBCA accomplishes its mission through programs that build public awareness, educate patients and healthcare professionals, and promote supportive public and private sector policy.

For more information about blood clots and blood clotting disorders, visit NBCA’s website, follow NBCA on social media (@stoptheclot), or sign up for NBCA’s monthly e-newsletter.

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Lisa Fullam