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Kidney Week

Special Session

Mind Your Business: Introduction to Nephrology Economics and Leadership

November 05, 2021 | 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Location: Live-Stream, Virtual Only

Session Description

There is a knowledge gap among physicians regarding the economic and business aspects of nephrology. The lack of formal training in such areas can affect the nephrology workforce as well as how care is delivered. This interactive session for both academic and private-practice physicians and trainees offers a better understanding of some basic business concepts behind current nephrology care.

Learning Objective(s)

  • Discuss the importance of educating physicians on leadership and the business of nephrology and its impact on the workforce
  • Explain fundamentals of the business of nephrology, including the economics of nephrology practice and dialysis
  • Outline current ways to practice nephrology, including the use of passive income revenue streams
  • Identify strategies for achieving leadership roles beyond becoming a medical director of a dialysis unit

Learning Pathway(s)

  • Other


  • Diana Mahbod, MD, FASN
  • Tamorie L. Smith, MD


  • TED Talk: Business and Leadership in Nephrology
    10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Scott Mullaney, MD, MBA, FASN
  • Basic Concepts in Practice Management
    11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Katherine Westin Kwon, MD, FASN
  • Economics of Dialysis
    11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Ankur Shah, MD, FASN
  • Panel: The Future of Nephrology Practice and Dialysis
    12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
    Irfan Agha, MD
    Mary O. Dittrich, MD
    Doug Johnson, MD