DaVita Names Chief Medical Officer for Saudi Operations
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, June 22, 2014
-- Dr. Abdulkareem Alsuwaida joins DaVita team in Saudi Arabia
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, June 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- DaVita Kidney Care , a
division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA) and a leading provider
of kidney care services, today announced it has named Dr. Abdulkareem
Alsuwaida, FRCPC, MSc, as chief medical officer for its operations in the
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
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"Clinical excellence defines Dr. Alsuwaida's distinctive nephrology career,"
said Dennis Kogod, president of DaVita Kidney Care International. "He's
devoted his professional life to improving the quality of care for chronic
kidney disease (CKD) patients in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This aligns
wonderfully with DaVita's commitment to provide world-class, comprehensive
care in our long-term partnership with the Kingdom's Ministry of Health .
We're honored to have him on board."
Dr. Alsuwaida is currently a professor of medicine and director of
postgraduate education at King Saud University in Riyadh. He is also a
consultant in the Division of Nephrology at the King Khalid University
Hospital . Dr. Alsuwaida earned a medical degree from King Abdulaziz
University and completed postgraduate medical education in internal medicine
and nephrology at the University of Toronto . Additionally, he earned a
master's degree in clinical epidemiology from the University of Toronto. A
past president of the Saudi Society of Nephrology , Dr. Alsuwaida's research
is focused on dialysis, glumorelonephritis and lupus nephritis. He has
published more than 40 papers on these topics.
"Providing world-class care is a top priority, not only for the Ministry of
Health, but also for the thousands of Saudi men and women affected by CKD and
their families," said Alsuwaida. "In the United States as well as in other
countries, DaVita has played a significant role in elevating the standard of
care. DaVita's presence in the Kingdom represents a long-term commitment to
improving the overall health of Saudi citizens."
In February 2014, DaVita signed a major tender from the Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia's Ministry of Health in which it will deliver care to 5,000 dialysis
patients currently under the ministry's care.
"These patients will ultimately benefit from Dr. Alsuwaida joining the DaVita
team in the Kingdom," said Abdulrahman Al Haidari, country manager for DaVita
in Saudi Arabia .
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About DaVita Kidney Care DaVita Kidney Care is a division of DaVita HealthCare
Partners Inc., a Fortune 500® company that, through its operating divisions,
provides a variety of health care services to patient populations throughout
the United States and abroad. A leading provider of dialysis services in the
United States, DaVita Kidney Care treats patients with chronic kidney failure
and end stage renal disease. DaVita Kidney Care strives to improve patients'
quality of life by innovating clinical care, and by offering integrated
treatment plans, personalized care teams and convenient health-management
services. As of March 31, 2014, DaVita Kidney Care operated or provided
administrative services at 2,098 outpatient dialysis centers located in the
United States serving approximately 165,000 patients. The company also
operated 75 outpatient dialysis centers located in 10 countries outside the
United States. DaVita Kidney Care supports numerous programs dedicated to
creating positive, sustainable change in communities around the world. The
company's leadership development initiatives and social responsibility efforts
have been recognized by Fortune, Modern Healthcare, Newsweek and WorldBlu. For
more information, please visit DaVita.com .
Contact Information Media: David Tauchen David.Tauchen@DaVita.com
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