DaVita HealthCare Partners names Dinesh Kumar VP of clinical transformation

Thursday August 27, 2015 0 comments Tags: Denver, DaVita Healthcare Pa, Dinesh Kumar, Dennis Kogod, Misha Palacek


DENVER -- DaVita HealthCare Partners (NYSE: DVA), one of the largest and most innovative health care communities, today announced it has named Dinesh Kumar to be senior vice president of clinical transformation.DaVita_logo

In his role, Dr. Kumar will leverage his passion for cost-effective, evidence-based care to drive efforts that take the proven care management model of HealthCare Partners across the country. Kumar has been part of the HealthCare Partners family for over 14 years.

"Dinesh's distinguished record at HealthCare Partners exemplifies our commitment to physician leadership," said Dennis Kogod, president of HealthCare Partners. "While his presence in our California market has been valuable, this new role in Denver will enable him to bring HealthCare Partners' innovative managed care model to additional markets and improve patient outcomes across the nation."

Kumar's focus will be partnering with provider organizations to assist in the development of population health management capabilities. By leveraging its long history and experience, HealthCare Partners' clinical transformation team brings best demonstrated practices and tools to organizations making the transition from fee-for-service to value-based contracting.

"HealthCare Partners' clinical transformation team is poised to reap significant benefits from Dinesh's talent and experience," said Misha Palecek, HealthCare Partners' chief transformation officer. "HealthCare Partners physician leadership is paramount to the success we are striving for in new markets, and Dinesh's addition only adds to our market differentiation."

During his time at HealthCare Partners, Kumar has held many roles including hospitalist, lead hospitalist, regional medical director and most recently chief medical officer of the California market.

"Opportunities that align with your skills, passion, and aspirations are rare. After having spent the last 14 years developing and refining our care management model at all levels, I am excited to join a talented team that will take our drive even further to help transform healthcare in new markets," said Kumar.

Kumar received his medical degree from the University of Madras (India) and completed his residency in internal medicine at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He went on to complete his fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and completed a two-year California Healthcare Foundation Leadership fellowship at University of CaliforniaSan Francisco.