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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 for DaVita Kidney Care. Dr. Giullian leads the transformation of kidney care through his commitment to providing holistic, integrated care that addresses the clinical and psychosocial needs of patients. Dr. Giullian is focused on pushing the boundaries on exemplary clinical care through innovation and expanding what is possible for patients living with kidney disease. Since joining DaVita in 2016, Dr. Giullian previously served as chief medical officer of hospital services, vice president of medical affairs and national group medical director at DaVita Kidney Care. Dr. Giullian relies on his past experiences in private practice and hospital leadership to advocate for patients, physicians and medical directors. He 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