WashU Nephrology welcomes Max Edele as Director of Clinical Operations, a new position in our division. Max will oversee operations and provide support and leadership to our growing number of dialysis centers, currently consisting of Chromalloy American Kidney Center, North County Dialysis Center, Home Dialysis South, and Village Square Dialysis Center.
He has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Westminster College and over 10 years of experience in the healthcare field, including information technology and dialysis.
Max is a true St. Louisan. “I grew up in Kirkwood, MO,” he says. “I left St. Louis for four years and moved to Kansas City and quickly learned that my heart belongs to St. Louis and moved back in 2019.”
With an educational background in biology and rehab, Max spent about six years as a healthcare consultant focusing on electronic health record design, build and implementation. “This role helped me realize my passion for operations: improvements and change management in the healthcare space,” he says.
From healthcare consulting, Max moved to dialysis and found his true devotion. “I worked for a large dialysis company where the primary facilities I managed were WashU joint venture partners. Early on, I was able to see the patient-centric, exceptional care and practices provided by WashU physicians and knew I wanted to be a part of the WashU team someday!”
Commenting on his new position, which began February 24, Max says, “In this role, I will work with the nephrology team to review and streamline processes, optimize clinical outcomes, and continue to develop a growth strategy to provide optimal WashU care to our dialysis patients in the community.”
Max is excited to join the WashU Nephrology team. “I love the mission, values, and outreach WashU provides and have witnessed this care firsthand. I love how the environment fosters learning, collaboration, and research – but most of all, I am so excited to be a part of a team that gives patients amazing care, choices, and hope.”
In his off hours, Max enjoys spending time with his friends and family, especially Grandma Joreen (right). “I love exploring, traveling, and meeting new people,” he says, and admits to also enjoy the occasional craft cocktail from time to time!
Read more about Max Edele in our WashU Nephrology News:
In 2021, during the Covid-19 pandemic, Max was instrumental in helping a group of dialysis patients during an emergency when he was the Facility Administrator at WashU Nephrology’s DaVita West Dialysis unit on North Lindberg Blvd: