Dr. Rahul Dhawan, 37
Medical director, kidney resource service, Optum
Dhawan created predictive models that identify potential chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease patients earlier, reducing catheter rates in dialysis patients, and improving transplant rates. Some outcomes include: a 16% reduction in chronic kidney disease hospitalizations and 25% decrease in ESRD hospitalizations. And with a passion for addressing patients in underserved areas, he recently started a COVID-specific dialysis unit in East Los Angeles.