DaVita Kidney Care has named Dr. Abdulkareem Alsuwaida, FRCPC, MSc, as chief medical officer for its operations in Saudi Arabia.

"Clinical excellence defines Dr. Alsuwaida's distinctive nephrology career," said Dennis Kogod, president of DaVita Kidney Care International. "He's devoted his professional life to improving the quality of care for chronic kidney disease patients in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."

Alsuwaida is currently a professor of medicine and director of postgraduate education at King Saud University in Riyadh. He is also a consultant in the Division of Nephrology at the King Khalid University Hospital. Alsuwaida earned a medical degree from King Abdulaziz University and completed postgraduate medical education in internal medicine and nephrology at the University of Toronto. Additionally, he earned a master's degree in clinical epidemiology from the University of Toronto. A past president of the Saudi Society of Nephrology, Alsuwaida's research is focused on dialysis, glumorelonephritis and lupus nephritis. He has published more than 40 papers on these topics.

In February 2014, DaVita signed a major tender from the Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health in which it will deliver care to 5,000 dialysis patients currently under the ministry's care.