More than three years ago, I met Arvind Rajan and Vince Kim as they were beginning their journey to change healthcare for individuals suffering from chronic kidney disease (CKD) with a new venture called Cricket Health. I remember ending that meeting with butterflies in my stomach thinking how exciting that some of the most successful entrepreneurs wanted to focus their energy on improving kidney care, particularly given the stagnation of innovation in nephrology.
Since then, I’ve had the honor to serve on Cricket Health’s medical advisory board, helping guide the company as it established itself as a specialty care provider for those with CKD and end-stage renal disease (ESRD). As Cricket grew and progressed, I wanted to do more to expand this model of care and make a big impact on behalf of kidney disease patients. That’s why I’m proud to announce that I’ve now joined the company as its chief medical officer. As a teacher, clinician and researcher, I hope to put my skills and passion behind making our shared vision of improved lives for persons with CKD a reality.
Their vision of putting patients first and providing them with a multidisciplinary care team aligned with how I operated my practice, what I taught my students at University of California, San Francisco, and addressed many of the problems I believe are inherent in the healthcare system.