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ASDIN Councilor Candidates 2013

Chester A. Amedia, Jr. MD, FACP

I am a practicing interventional nephrologist in northeastern Ohio.  In addition to clinical activities, I manage and have ownership in a regional dialysis program and consult to industry/providers.  I am Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine and Co-Chair of the Nephrology Section at Northeast Ohio Medical University.   I've been a leader in several professional organizations: The Renal Network (ESRD Networks 4, 9 & 10); The RPA Board of Directors; The American College of Physicians (ACP) Subspecialty Advisory Group on Socioeconomic Affairs; Co-Chair of the FFBI Health Policy Subcommittee; the American Society of Nephrology; the AMA CPT Advisory Panel; and a member of ASDIN (five years with participation on its Public Policy Committee).  I received my medical degree from The Ohio State University and completed internship, residency and fellowship in the US Army. I am a diplomate of the ABIM with Subspecialty Certification in Nephrology, and am a Fellow of the ACP.  I have been and remain an advocate for appropriate valuation of physician services, and have worked closely with ASDIN to assure nephrology representation in the RUC valuation of interventional nephrology codes.  If elected, I will continue that advocacy and hopefully be better positioned to share ASDIN healthcare delivery perspectives/concerns with other  organizations.

Rajiv Dhamija, MD

In brief, I am an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine- Western University of Health Sciences, California and practice both Interventional and Clinical Nephrology at the Department of Health Services- Los Angeles County. Also, staying actively involved with Interventional Nephrology clinical research projects is a priority. I am an active member of ASN, RPA, and ASDIN. ASDIN for me has been a great learning experience ever since I joined in 2008. I am actively serving a second term on the Accreditation committee and having served previously on the Curriculum committee has been a privilege. I am proud to be involved in updating the ASDIN Accreditation criteria as well as creating a new objective worksheet for site visit evaluations which are steps forward for ASDIN. My vision is for ASDIN to enhance the existing strong foundations and become a globally recognized premier organization. Specifically I am determined to help establish more ASDIN accredited centers encouraging Interventional Nephrology clinical practice, research and training. By simplifying accreditation requirements while still maintaining high standards we can encourage more Interventional Nephrologists to be trained and provide high quality of care and patient satisfaction.  

Amy C. Dwyer, MD

When I joined the University of Louisville Nephrology Division in 2004, the Interventional Nephrology Program did not exist. I independently developed one of the first Academic Interventional Nephrology programs in the United States that has now become nationally and internationally known for excellence in clinical work, in teaching and training nephrology fellows and in clinical research. I have been a member of the ASDIN since I was a nephrology fellow in 2004. I have served on several ASDIN Committees including the Membership Committee, Education Committee, Chair of the Training Program Sub-Committee and most recently, as a member of the Communications Committee. I have served on the Council since 2007 first as the Training Program Liaison and then as the Elected Councilor for Hemodialysis Catheter Procedures. As a member of the ASDIN Council I will serve and uphold the mission of the Society to promote the appropriate application of new and existing procedures in order to improve the care of patients with kidney disease. My 9 years of experience as an academic interventional nephrologist will provide the Society expertise in education and clinical research. My vision for the ASDIN is to expand the education, research and clinical application of interventional nephrology.  

Jeffrey Hoggard, MD

I have been practicing interventional nephrology since 1999 and became an ASDIN member in 2002. I have served as a member and chair of the Clinical Practice Committee, and the Hemodialysis Vascular Access Certification Subcommittee. I currently serve as chair of the Accreditation and Certification Committee and am rotating off the Council as the Clinical Practice Councilor. It would be an honor to serve on the Council again as a I remain committed to the mission of our society. My vision for ASDIN is 1) to garner support for ACGME credentialing for our diagnostic and interventional procedures; 2) continue to develop and support the basic and clinical research in our discipline; 3) foster the ongoing maturation of our society in the changing healthcare environment. 


Jamie L. Ross, MD, FACP

I have been doing Tunneled dialysis catheters since 1998 and Endovascular procedures since 2005. I have started two Interventional Nephrology programs. One was at Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans, LA and in 2006 I started a second program at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento California. I am committed to the training of fellows in the skills and intellectual concepts of Interventional Nephrology. I am certified in Vascular access procedures and have had  the center at UC Davis medical center accredited by the ASDIN as well. I have been a member of ASDIN since the second year of its formation and have participated in many of the conferences as a speaker and in the last several years have been co-chairing several of the pre-courses put on by the ASDIN. For two years 2010 and 2011, I co-chaired the NKF pre-course and then for two years 2011 and 2012 co-chaired the ASN pre-course. I have served has an adjunct member of the education committee periodically. My commitment to the organization is very deep and longstanding.


Loay Salman, MD

I currently serve as the director of Interventional Nephrology at the University of Miami and associate program director for Nephrology fellowship with academic rank of associate professor of medicine. I have active clinical and basic research track as well as active training program in Interventional Nephrology.  I have joined the American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology (ASDIN) while I was still in training. I have served on many committees and subcommittee. I currently serve as a member of the HVA Certification Subcommittee, PD Certification Subcommittee, and chair of the Curriculum Subcommittee.  ASDIN has progressed and disciplined our specialty tremendously. We are now very well recognized nationally and internationally and we have collaborated with numerous specialties in the purpose of improving our medical field and providing better care to our patients.  Joining ASDIN as a councilor not only will be huge privilege and honor to myself but also will enable me to join the current leadership to assist in moving our society in its well designed and planned path. ASDIN will continue to lead our specialty to better clinical and basic research, better patient care, collaborate with other specialties, and continue its international leadership.   I look forward to serving our society.


Tushar Vachharajani, MD, FASN, FACP

I am honored to be selected as a nominee for the position of ASDIN Councilor. I have been practicing as an Interventional Nephrologist for more than 12 years and during this period I have been actively involved and contributed to the mission of ASDIN. After initially serving as a member of the Public Policy Committee in 2006, I have accepted the responsibilities of serving on the HVA Certification Subcommittee (current), Education Committee (current), Clinical Practice Committee (current), Nominating Committee (2010) and Chair, International Subcommittee (current). As a Chair of International Subcommittee, I have started a “Global Initiative”, which has been well liked and supported by the ASDIN Executive Council. Under this initiative, I am helping ASDIN develop international visibility and assist in developing programs that will help our international colleagues establish this field outside USA, to eventually provide the same benefits we have seen in the US, to patients across the globe. The tremendous interest generated by this initiative has led to an increase in ASDIN membership and potentials of partnership with various international organizations. I see ASDIN becoming an International leader in the field of Interventional Nephrology, guiding, educating and creating a path for others to follow.  


Haimanot (Monnie) Wasse, MD, MPH, FASN

I am an Associate Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. As a Seattle native, I completed medical school, residency and renal fellowship at the University of Washington. Since joining Emory University in 2004, I’ve combined my clinical work in interventional nephrology with clinical and translational research in the field of hemodialysis vascular access, supported by the NIH and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. I’ve been actively involved in serving the ASDIN membership since 2006 as a member of the Clinical Practice, Certification and Accreditation, and Research Committees, and as a Program Committee member for several ASDIN meetings. I currently serve as Chairwoman of the ASDIN Clinical Practice Committee and Co-Chair of the 2013 ASDIN Annual Scientific Meeting. With more than 35 peer-reviewed publications, and as a regular speaker at national nephrology meetings, I’ve demonstrated my commitment and dedication to the ASDIN mission of research and education. I would like to see the ASDIN become a leading organization in the development of innovative techniques and therapies to treat vascular access dysfunction, broaden its role in patient care by working closely with dialysis nurses and technicians to improve cannulation training, and expand educational and training opportunities for interventional nephrologists.

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