Medical Advisory Board
The nation's largest non-profit dialysis provider operating under the mission, "We are a non-profit service organization. The care of the patient is our reason for existence."
I’m interested in rational quality improvement, decision support, measurement and understanding of patient experience, decision individualization in chronic kidney disease, and most important, in being a careful, kind and loyal physician to my patients. I direct three non-profit dialysis programs operated by Dialysis Clinic, Inc (DCI). Our Boston unit serves ~ 100 patients, 25% of whom speak only Cantonese. The physical plant is unprepossessing, the staff completely devoted to the patients. About 80% of patients dialyze by fistula. A state surveyor once commented that our patient care should be a model for surveyors in training. The Ball Square home program is one of the biggest in Boston, and in 2013 won a national award. I serve DCI nationally as Medical Director for IT; I’m committed to preserving non-profit and independent dialysis care in the United States. I’m a member of the AAMI Renal Disease & Detoxification Committee and of the USRDS External Expert Committee, chaired ESRD Network 1 Medical Review Board & Board of Directors, served as President of the Forum of ESRD Networks. I’m a fourth generation physician, married to a physician. Max Meyer (https://goo.gl/VpNQ2S) was the first physician in my father’s family; Alexander McPhedran (https://goo.gl/ME1bGV) was the first in my mother’s. My father taught me that “you are always on your patient’s side.” (https://goo.gl/d1Z8dP ). One of my paternal grandfather’s strange ideas, as a refugee (https://goo.gl/23bVwn), was to insist on putting his stethoscope directly on the patient’s skin. As a 21st century attending at an academic medical center, I find myself recapitulating this insistence. My publications are at https://goo.gl/xxYQMY Specialties: clinical nephrology, hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, kidney transplantation, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, applied medical informatics, dialysis facility management