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Global Perspectives On Home Dialysis – Part 2

Global Perspectives On Home Dialysis – Part 2

The global dialysis population is growing rapidly, and the utilization of home dialysis is on the rise.  In Part 2 of this informative webinar, our world-renowned home dialysis experts Dr Neil Boudville, Dr Ankur Shah and Dr Peter Blake will continue sharing their experience and international perspectives on home dialysis, describe recent and ongoing strategies to increase home dialysis uptake. They will share best practices moving forward to ensure a patient-centric approach is achieved when managing patients with ESKD.


Ankur Shah

Ankur Shah, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Associate Program Director of the Nephrology Fellowship training program

Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University*

Ankur Shah, MD is Assistant Professor of Medicine and Associate Program Director of the Nephrology Fellowship training program at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He completed residency in internal medicine at Temple University Hospital, followed by fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as chief fellow and received advanced training in medical education. His primary interests are home dialysis including both peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis, topics in which he has published numerous peer reviewed articles as well as textbook chapters and has lectured both nationally and internationally. He is a decorated educator having mentored dozens of medical students, residents, and fellows and received the dean’s excellence in teaching award, department of medicine teaching award, and nephrology fellowship teaching awards at Brown and is a winner of the American Society of Nephrology’s Innovations in Kidney Education contest. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology, the National Kidney Foundation, and the American College of Physicians.

Neil Boudville

Neil Boudville, MBBS, MMedSci, FASN, FRACP, DMed

Professor of Renal Medicine

Medical School, University of Western Australia*

Neil Boudville is Professor of Renal Medicine at the Medical School in the University of Western Australia, where he is also the Head of the Division of Internal Medicine. In addition, he is a consultant Nephrologist of the Renal Unit at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. He is the previous Oceania representative for the International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis Executive committee and the immediate Past-President for the Australia and New Zealand Society of Nephrology. He has over 140 peer reviewed publications, has received over $20M in peer-reviewed research grants and is the previous Chair of the Scientific Committee for the Australasian Kidney Trials Network.

Peter Blake

Peter Blake, MD

Nephrologist, Professor of Medicine

Division of Nephrology, Western University and London Health Sciences Centre*

Peter Blake, MD is a nephrologist working in London, Ontario. He is a professor of Medicine and former chair of the Division of Nephrology at Western University and London Health Sciences Centre. He is a former president of the North American Chapter of the International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis. He is a former chair of the Ontario Association of Nephrologists. Over the past 2 decades, Dr Blake has published over 100 papers on end-stage kidney disease and especially on peritoneal dialysis, and edited 2 major textbooks on nephrology. He was editor-in-chief of the journal, Peritoneal Dialysis International from 2003 to 2013. Since 2013, Dr Blake has held position as Provincial Medical Director of the Ontario Renal Network, a government agency in Canada’s most populous province, in which he has played a key role in driving the Ontario Renal Network Home Dialysis Initiative. Dr Blake graduated from University College Dublin Medical School in 1980, trained in nephrology at the University of Toronto from 1987 to 1990 and completed his master’s degree in immunology from the University of Alberta in 1992. He is a Fellow of both the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. A proven strategic leader, Dr Blake is strongly committed to advancing person-centered high-quality care for people living with chronic kidney disease in Ontario.

Michelle Ta

Michelle Ta, BPharm, PhD

Scientific Advisor

Otsuka Australia Pharmaceutical Pty Ltd*

Michelle Ta, BPharm PhD is a Scientific Advisor in the cardio-renal therapeutic area at Otsuka Australia Pharmaceutical and is based in Sydney, Australia. Prior to joining Otsuka, Michelle completed her PhD at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research investigating inflammatory pathways in polycystic kidney disease.

Sean George

Sean George, PA-C, MHS

Nephrology Medical Science Director

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.*

Sean George PA-C, MHS is a Physician Assistant who currently works as a Nephrology Medical Science Director for Otsuka Pharmaceutical Commercialization and Development. He has been with Otsuka in his current role for 2 years supporting the Nephrology division. Prior to joining industry, he practiced in a private practice Nephrology clinic for 4 years managing patients with chronic kidney disease including their associated co-morbidities, anemia secondary to CKD, acute kidney injury, and end stage renal disease. In addition to his clinical work, he served on the Executive Committee for Advanced Practitioners with the National Kidney Foundation for 3 consecutive years as member-at-large, secretary, and research chair. Sean earned his Physician Assistant/Masters Health Science from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He is currently licensed in the state of Oklahoma and certified with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

*Drs Shah, Boudville, and Blake are paid consultants of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. (OPDC). Sean George is an employee of OPDC. Dr Ta is an employee of Otsuka Australia Pharmaceutical Pty Ltd.

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