Chief Executive Officer
Rajiv Poduval, MD, is the CEO of Global Nephrology Solutions (GNS). Based on his experience in several leadership roles, he sensed the need for a physician-led practice management platform that could leverage the power of a growing physician network, robust data analytics, and creative population health initiatives to keep physicians relevant, independent, and at the center of patient-care delivery.
From 2011-2019, he served as the president of Southwest Kidney Institute (SKI), one of the country’s premier nephrology groups. Southwest Kidney Institute is a well-diversified company including Southwest Vascular Centers, Southwest Clinical Research Institute, SKI Properties, and SKI-DaVita Dialysis Centers. Under his leadership, SKI has expanded its physician base, achieved its desired market density, and strengthened its statewide business partnerships. He was instrumental in launching the SKI-DaVita-Banner ESCO in Phoenix and Tucson, bringing together three progressive organizations committed to value-based care.
In 2012, the Renal Care Organization was launched. He has served as RCO’s CEO since its founding, and the RCO’s growing national footprint is a testament to his commitment to build “partnerships without boundaries,” a model in which like-minded nephrologists could share a platform of clinical excellence committed to high-quality population health initiatives. He is also the CEO of RCO Analytics, which hosts one of the largest CKD databases in the country.
He completed both his nephrology and transplant nephrology fellowships at the University of Chicago and has been practicing both specialties in the Phoenix metro for 14 years. Under his guidance, SKI’s transplant division has developed into one of the largest in the state.
Dr. Poduval holds faculty appointments at both the University of Arizona College of Medicine and the Creighton University School of Medicine, and has been recognized for excellence in teaching. He is a member of RPA’s NCAP steering committee. He has also been recognized as a “top doc” in Phoenix Magazine.
Chief Operating Officer
Vice President of Strategy, Informatics and Population Health
Lauren Ellenburg is the director of informatics and population health at Global Nephrology Solutions. Prior to this, she served as both regional area manager and director of informatics at Southwest Kidney Institute (SKI) where she was instrumental in streamlining operations and successfully overseeing SKI’s clinical EHR transition and meaningful use implementation. Her expertise in informatics and analytics led to an active role in creating a robust data analytics system through RCO Analytics, which today hosts one of the largest CKD databases in the country.
She partners with physicians and practices alike to translate data into tangible operational protocols and procedures driving value-based care and bringing service excellence to patients. After spending nearly a decade in healthcare, Lauren understands the evolving landscape and the need for cost-effective population health initiatives.
Lauren has led several initiatives that positively affect the care of the high-risk, vulnerable CKD population, including ED diversion programs, transitional care clinics, and chronic care coordination platforms. Her success derives from a sound understanding of the complexities of the evolving healthcare system and the constant need to lead change in the private practice environment.
Lauren currently oversees the analytics team and has been charged with launching our national chronic care coordination platform.
Lauren earned her MBA from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University in May 2018 and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Arizona State University.
Vice President of IT and Analytics
Nilesh Joshi is the Vice President of IT and Analytics at Global Nephrology Solutions (GNS) and has 20 years’ experience in Information Technology leadership, Software Development and Project Management.
He provides the technology vision and drives innovation to deliver business solutions and improve operational efficiency. Nilesh leads the analytics team to provide population health strategies through enhanced data integration capabilities such as data mining and predictive modeling platform. He also manages the IT Services portfolio and supports infrastructure for GNS and member Practices.
Prior to joining GNS, Nilesh was the Chief Information Officer of Newtek Business Services Corp and has held progressively increasing responsibilities in Retail, Utilities, and Financial services industries.
Nilesh holds an MBA in International Business from W.P. Carey School of Business at the Arizona State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering (first class with honors) from University of Mumbai (Bombay), India. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and member of the distinguished National Scholars and Honor Society, Society of Information Management (SIM), and Phoenix CIO Roundtable Forum.
VP of Finance
DeAnn joined Global Nephrology Solutions in 2018 and brings with her over two decades of Finance and Accounting leadership. She moved out to Arizona in 2005 where she held roles as Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer for two local companies, in both the for-profit and not-for-profit arenas, with revenues in excess of $100 million. DeAnn has been instrumental in leading, developing and maximizing efficiencies not only for the departments she has managed but also in other key areas for the company. DeAnn prides herself in exploiting technology and streamlining processes to make a positive impact on the bottom line.
As Vice President of Finance and Accounting, it is DeAnn’s responsibility to ensure all company and practice books are in compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principals (GAAP) and accurately reflects the financial position of each. She is tasked with leading her finance, accounting and payroll teams to deliver superior service and accurate financials to our owners.
DeAnn earned her MBA degree in Accounting from Lakeland College as well as an undergraduate degree in Business Management from Alverno College and an undergradutate degree in Accounting from Lakeland College. She holds a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license in the states of Arizona and Wisconsin, and has been awarded the credentials as Certified Management Account (CMA) from the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) from Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).
When not working, DeAnn enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. She enjoys new experiences, going to new destinations and sharing those experiences with her husband and three children.
Vice President of Revenue Cycle Management
Director of Revenue Cycle Management
Cindi Wells is the Director of Revenue Cycle Management for Global Nephrology Solutions. She manages the credentialing, coding, insurance collection, and patient collection departments within GNS. Cindi has over 25 years of experience in healthcare revenue cycle management and practice operations. She has managed both operations and revenue cycle management for small private practices, hospital employed physician groups, and ambulatory surgical centers.
Cindi received her Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University and her MBA from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business. She also is a Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives and has obtained her CPC and CASCC through the American Academy of Professional Coders.
She resides in Chandler, Arizona with her husband and two children.
Director of Operations
Rebekah Guzman serves as Global Nephrology Solutions’ regional director of operations in the Florida market. In this role, she manages the operations and strategy development for each practice within the region. Rebekah has 25 years of healthcare experience with a focus on leading operations and process improvement; she is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, trainer, and change agent. She began her healthcare career as a clinician in physical therapy.
Rebekah received her Bachelor of Science in Business Management and her MBA from the University of Illinois.
She resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband.
Director of Operations
Director of Operations