DaVita® Medical Insights

Podcast: The Gender Gap in Dialysis

Women tend to live longer than men in the general population—but the opposite is true for dialysis patients. Adding to that conundrum is that, according to a large-scale analysis published in Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, women on dialysis experience nearly 2.1 hospitalizations per year and men about 1.7 when adjusted for comorbidities. While we can’t draw an ultimate conclusion with these data points, they do make for an interesting conversation.

Listen to this podcast, in which Jeffrey Giullian, MD, discusses the difference in hospitalizations in men and women on dialysis—and how dialysis might play a role in this discrepancy.

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Jeffrey Giullian, MD, MBA

Jeffrey Giullian, MD, MBA

Jeffrey Giullian, MD, serves as chief medical officer of hospital services, vice president of medical affairs and national group medical director at DaVita Kidney Care. He leads the clinical quality and safety efforts for hospital services, helps lead the group medical directors and plays an active role in improving physician experience. Dr. Giullian relies on his past experiences in private practice and hospital leadership to advocate for physicians and medical directors. Dr. Giullian is active with the Renal Physicians Association (RPA) as a member of the Board of Directors, chairman of the Healthcare Payment Committee and member of the RPA’s team of advisors to the American Medical Association Relative Value Units Utilization Committee. Dr. Giullian trained in nephrology and transplantation at Vanderbilt University and received his MBA from the University of Colorado at Denver. Twitter: @Dr_Giullian_MD