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November 4, 2021 – Kidney Care in America: Challenges and Potential – Qasim Ali Butt, MD

A fresh and interesting take on kidney care in the United States told from the eyes of a clinician in the field. What is the  cost of kidney disease in terms of dollars, suffering, mortality and inefficiencies? Let’s delve into the demographics of those affected by the disease, as well as current market incentive structures. We will then will discuss how after decades of stagnation, there is now a renewed interest in this space by investors and VCs.

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Dr. Qasim Ali Butt is a highly skilled and well-rounded physician who is passionate about the med tech & health startup space. He has had a long career, which includes both clinical nephrology &  interventional nephrology, & is able to handle all issues related to dialysis access (fistulas, graft, catheters, etc.). He is board certified by the ABIM in both Internal Medicine & Nephrology.

He recently completed the MIT course, “Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare” & currently has several roles in startups. Dr. Butt is a Scientific Advisor to Alio, a medical device company that created a smart-patch that remotely/non-invasively monitors vitals & lab values in dialysis patients. He is also a Scientific Advisor to IKONA Health, which is a virtual learning platform for patients w/ kidney disease. Lastly, he serves as CMO of the Nephrology Channel for Doctorpedia, an online platform which helps physicians & their practices create video content for their patients.

Dr. Butt goes above and beyond his clinical responsibilities, as a physician leader serving the community. He has had numerous leadership roles, including previous Chief of Medicine of Metropolitan Methodist Hospital and previous Treasurer of Board at the Texas Kidney Foundation. In 2020 & 2021 he received the Texas Rising Stars Doctors Award by Texas Monthly Magazine.

He is also highly versed in value based medicine in kidney care. He’s been asked to speak and present about Medicare’s new Kidney Care models to University Transplant Grand Rounds and the Cardio-Renal Connections Conference, both hosted by UT Health San Antonio.