Klemens Meyer, MD, Nephrology, Boston, MA, Tufts Medical Center

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Nephrology Boston, MA

Chronic Renal Failure & Dialysis

Prof. Medicine, Tufts U. Schl Med; Dir. Dialysis Services, Tufts Medical Center; Med Dir IT, Dial Clin Inc

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Summary

  • I’m interested in rational quality improvement and measurement, implementation of decision support, measurement and understanding of patient experience, decision individualization in chronic kidney disease, and most important, in being a careful, kind and loyal physician to my patients. I direct three non-profit dialysis programs operated by Dialysis Clinic, Inc (DCI). Our Boston unit serves ~ 100 patients, 25% of whom speak only Cantonese. The nurses have a median 30 years’ dialysis experience, the technicians 10. The physical plant is unprepossessing, the staff completely devoted to the patients. Water and dialysate are ultrapure; about 80% of patients dialyze by fistula. A state surveyor commented that our patient care should be a model for surveyors in training. The Ball Square home program is one of the biggest in Boston, and in 2013 won a national award.

    I serve DCI nationally as Medical Director for IT, and I’m committed to preserving non-profit and independent dialysis care in the United States. I’m a member of the AAMI Renal Disease & Detoxification Committee, chaired ESRD Network 1 Medical Review Board & Board of Directors, served as President of the Forum of ESRD Networks, & as a member of the USRDS External Advisory Committee.

    I’m a fourth generation physician, married to a physician. Max Meyer (www.gmeyerbooks.com/sample_chapters/EOJ_Introduction.pdf) was the first physician in my father’s family; Alexander McPhedran (pubmedcentralcanada.ca/picrender.cgi?artid=354658&blobtype=pdf) was the first in my mother’s. My father taught me that “you are always on your patient’s side.” (www.leagle.com/decision/19711658330FSupp1328_11403 ). One of my paternal grandfather’s strange ideas, as a refugee (home.earthlink.net/~jochenmeyer/aw/Verfolgung_und_Entrechtung.txt), was to insist on putting his stethoscope directly on the patient’s skin. As a 21st century attending physician at an academic medical center, I find myself recapitulating this insistence.

Education & Training

  • Tufts Medical Center
    Tufts Medical CenterFellowship, Clinical Decision Making , 1986 - 1990
  • Tufts Medical Center
    Tufts Medical CenterFellowship, 1987 - 1989
  • Tufts Medical Center
    Tufts Medical CenterResidency, Internal Medicine, 1982 - 1986
  • Tufts Medical Center
    Tufts Medical CenterInternship, Internal Medicine, 1982 - 1986
  • Tufts Medical Center
    Tufts Medical CenterChief Residency, Internal Medicine, 1982 - 1986
  • Harvard College
    Harvard CollegeA.B, History and Literature, Summa cum laude, 1978 - 1982
  • Harvard Medical School
    Harvard Medical SchoolClass of 1982

Certifications & Licensure

  • MA State Medical License
    MA State Medical License 1984 - 2021
  • American Board of Internal Medicine Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine Nephrology

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Distinguished Faculty Award Tufts University School of Medicine, 2013
  • Boston Magazine Castle Connolly, 2012-2013
  • CMS Meaningful Use Stage 1 Certification eClinicalWorks EHR, eClinicalWorks LLC, 2012-2013
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Clinical Trials

Publications & Presentations

PubMed

Journal Articles

  • Leading Integrated Kidney Care Entities of the Future  
    Klemens Meyer, MD, Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Characterizing Approaches to Dialysis Decision Making with Older Adults  
    Daniel E Weiner, John B Wong, Ronald D Perrone, Klemens B Meyer, Journal of the American Society of Nephrology
  • Hemodialysis Adequacy 2006 Work Group.  
    Klemens B. Meyer, Am J Kidney Dis
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Books/Book Chapters

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Abstracts/Posters

  • A Computerized Erythropoietin Dosing Algorithm Improves Anemia Management and Uses Less Erythropoietin.
    D. C. Miskulin, D. Weiner, K. Seefeld, H. Tighiouart, V. Ladik, P. G. Zager, K. Meyer, J Amer Soc Neph, American Society of Nephrology, San Francisco, CA
  • The Question of work in Dialysis Patients: Functionally Capable Patients and the Momentum Effect.
    Jonathan Sosnov, Klemens Meyer, Nancy Kutner, J Amer Soc Neph, American Society of Nephrology, San Francisco, CA
  • Reduced Mortality and Hospitalization among Hemodialysis Patients with Hemoglobin Levels from 12 to 12.9 g/dl.
    K. Servilla, A. Harford, D. Miskulin, K. Meyer, W. Hunt, M. Rohrscheib, E. Bedrick, F. Tentori, A. Tzamaloukas, K. Johnson, P. Zager, J Amer Soc Neph, American Society of Nephrology, San Francisco, CA
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Lectures

  • Information Technology Prioritization Exercise. 
    Medical Information Steering Committee, Dialysis Clinic, Inc., Incline Village NV
  • Functional Health Computerized Adaptive Testing. 
    Medical Directors’ Meeting, Dialysis Clinic, Inc., Incline Village NV
  • Introduction to the Network of New England. 
    ESRD Network of New England Meeting for Dialysis Technicians, Portsmouth NH
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Authored Content

  • Leading Integrated Kidney Care Entities of the FutureDecember 2018

Press Mentions

  • Should Your Kidney Doctor Have a Financial Stake in Dialysis?
    Should Your Kidney Doctor Have a Financial Stake in Dialysis?December 16th, 2020
  • Merrimack Valley Man Overcomes Addiction, Kidney Failure
    Merrimack Valley Man Overcomes Addiction, Kidney FailureDecember 9th, 2020

Committees

  • Member, Renal Disease and Detoxification Committee, Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation 2013 - Present
  • President, Board of Directors, National Forum of ESRD Networks 2011 - 2012

Other Languages

  • Chinese (Mandarin), German, Chinese (Cantonese)

Hospital Affiliations