How It’s Med
How It’s Med
Mar 17, 2022
Physician Founded Ep. 9 - Dr. Paul Komenda
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On this episode of Physician Founded, we chatted with Dr. Paul Komenda - nephrologist and CMO of Quanta Dialysis Technologies.

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0:49 - 3:20 - Dr. Komenda talks about how a passion for science and problem solving, combined with a far-from-glamorous research position, led to his decision to pursue medicine and innovation as a way to make a difference in society.

3:30 - 5:10 - How Dr. Adeera Levin shaped Dr. Komenda’s passion for sustainable, scalable change in complex healthcare systems.

5:16 - 9:15 - Dr. Komenda discusses his role as CMO of Quanta, a dialysis company, and how his role has evolved with the demands of the company.

9:33 - 11:24 - Dr. Komenda discuss the strength that his continued clinical involvement lends him in his role at Qanta

11:42 - 15:03 - A discussion on Dr. Komenda’s experience with mentors, and the importance of careful selection of mentors who have your best interest at heart. Dr. Komenda emphasizes the nuances that the pervasive nature of the virtual world can bring to traditional mentee-mentor dynamics.

15:11 - 23:03 - Dr. Komenda lays out his opinion on the strengths of academic centers and the challenges that these centers face when it comes to medical innovation.

22:40 - 24:12 - Dr. Komenda discusses systemic changes that could be made to foster innovation among early clinical trainees and to minimize mid-career burnout among clinicians.

24:20 - 28:01 - The story of Dr. Komenda’s start with medical innovation at NxStage, and how that role impacts his work to this day.


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