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Executive Team  

Management Team  

Executive Team

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Tunji Alausa, MD


Tunji Alausa, MD is a board-certified Nephrologist and the founder of both Kidney Care Center, a nephrology practice and Dialysis Care Center, a rapidly growing provider of boutique dialysis services nationwide. Through his companies, Dr. Alausa has created a national brand that focuses on optimal care for patients who have chronic kidney disease in underserved communities. He has also contributed tremendously to these communities by providing significant employment opportunities for various stakeholders. He has built a strong team of professionals nationwide who are committed to his vision and mission.

Dr. Alausa completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Cook County Hospital, Chicago; where he was appointed Chief Medical Resident responsible for co-coordinating the training programs of several interns and residents as well as an Attending Physician. Upon completing his tenure at CCH, Dr. Alausa was appointed to the faculty of Rush University Medical School as an Assistant Professor before moving on to the prestigious Medical College of Wisconsin to pursue a specialist training in Nephrology and Hypertension.

Dr. Alausa’s philanthropic spirit has earned him numerous awards that honor him for his charitable contributions and voluntary hours caring for those in need. Dr. Alausa has published multiple medical papers covering a diverse range of practices. His publications have transcended both basic medical research and clinical medicine and have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine. In 2007 & 2012, Dr. Tunji Alausa was named one of America’s Best Physicians.

Mohammad S. Shafi, MD


Mohammad S. Shafi, MD is a board-certified Nephrologist. He is the co-founder of Dialysis Care Center and Kidney Care Center. Both companies provide services to ensure a better life for patients with CKD or kidney failure. He is recognized as a leader, owing to his expertise in nephrology, compassion for his patients, and his commitment to innovation. His insight was instrumental in launching the nation’s first Staff Enhanced Home Hemodialysis program.

Dr. Shafi completed his medical education at the King Edward Medical University in Lahore Pakistan in 1991. He did his residency in internal medicine at Englewood Hospital, an Affiliate of the prestigious Mount Sinai School of Medicine where he was appointed Chief Resident. In 1997, he completed his fellowship training at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Nephrology. He also completed 1 Year fellowship in critical care university of Louisville, Kentucky.

Dr. Shafi has over twenty-one years of experience in Nephrology. In addition to his nephrology practice, his special interest lies in infection control in dialysis settings which is a major cause of death in dialysis patients. He speaks passionately in several national and international conferences. He strongly believes in giving back to the community and thus is very passionate about his philanthropic efforts. He currently serves as chairman board of trustees of IPAC Foundation, which is striving for preventive health in the third world countries.

Babajide Salako, MD

Chief Executive Officer

Babajide Salako, MD is an experienced leader with a varied and international experience in medicine and the business of medicine in various roles and responsibilities. He joined the Dialysis Care Center in 2014 as the Chief Executive Officer. He is responsible for driving the company’s visionary plan, growth and overseeing the dialysis business operations on a daily basis. Before joining DCC he held the position of Senior Director of Disaster Response and Business Continuity with Fresenius, where his responsibility included responding to and managing disasters as it impacted kidney patients globally. Dr. Salako’s business acumen and extraordinary vision have earned him numerous recognitions including Person of the Year from the Kidney Community Emergency Response Coalition.

Dr. Salako is an Internal Medicine trained physician who also has his MBA from George Washington University.

Asim M. Shazzad

Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Asim M. Shazzad leads Dialysis Care Center focused on Clinical Practice Management to Real Estate portfolio Management. He also sits on the Executive Board of Dialysis Care Center. His Expertise has been key to ensuring that our dialysis practices are not only in compliance but also developed with modern state of the art amenities that ensures our patient comfort. He leads the operational Excellence team including the Project Management office.

Asim has more than fifteen years of in-depth management experience in the dialysis industry, serving in executive roles in management, finance, and business development. He has led Dialysis Care Center since its inception, guiding it through all of its development phases to the successful initiation and rapid growth.

Michael Mance, CPA

Vice President of Financial Operations

Michael Mance, CPA serves as Vice President of Financial Operations at Dialysis Care Center. He leads the Finance Team, ensures the strategic growth and drives the financial strength of the company’s future, overseeing the strategy, finance, banking and audit relationships, capital financing, financial reporting, treasury, internal controls, accounting close, budgeting, forecasting, expense management, financial planning, tax planning and compliance and acquisitions. Leading the DCC’s financial operations, accounting, and strategic acquisitions, Michael possesses over 30 years of experience in accounting, corporate compliance, financial reporting, and shared services with global publicly and privately held companies.

Michael earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Illinois State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. He believes in making a difference in his team’s careers and ensuring their success.

Monique Barnes

Monique Barnes

Vice President of Clinical Operations

Monique Barnes brings a combination of management and clinical expertise with has 20 years of experience in Dialysis. She overseas all areas of clinical operations including In-Center, Home, Quality/regulatory, and the education departments of DCC. Monique believes in making an impact on the lives of dialysis patients and healthcare personnel by ensuring they are provided a safe and nurturing environment that offers high quality care.

Monique holds an MBA degree coupled with HCM and BSN that gives her the unique expertise to find creative ways to solve problems. She is also a member of the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA).

Michele Crnich

Michele Crnich

Senior Director of Human Resources and Communications

Michele Crnich currently holds the position of Senior Director, Human Resources and Marketing/Communications. She has been with Dialysis Care Center for over four years, working to build the Human Resources department, HR services and the Marketing department as well. Michele brought a wide breadth of Human Resources and Communications experience in the Healthcare field, specifically, 20 plus years focused on Skilled Nursing and Rehab facilities.

Michele’s passion for working with people is apparent as she works with the team, assisting them in their professional development, consults with Managers, addresses challenges, creates processes, continually evaluates employee benefits, and focuses on maintaining a healthy, happy, professional work culture for the entire DCC team. Michele is proud to be a part of the phenomenal DCC growth and looks forward to many challenges and improvements that DCC will experience into the future.

She earned a BS degree in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations. As a SHRM member, she remains current with employment law and HR updates.

Paul Jackson

Director of Business Development

Paul Jackson has successfully built a 30-year career and spent years developing Elmhurst Hospital’s occupational health network. During this time, he received a nomination from President George Bush for innovative solutions in establishing a first responder Hepatitis B vaccination program. Paul parlayed his marketing expertise into the dialysis world in 2012 and since then has championed DCC partnerships across the country.
Lori Morrell

Lori Morrell

Director of Revenue Cycle Management & Contracting

Lori Morrell has over 25 years of administrative experience in the healthcare industry. She manages the ever-growing revenue cycle team of admission, billing, accounts receivable, revenue cycle and insurance specialists. She utilizes her passion in this role to create exceptional supervisors and managers within her revenue cycle team, whom in turn help contribute to the continued success within the revenue cycle management department. The most rewarding thing for Lori has been helping patients with resolving difficult issues and assuring they get best quality care in DCC.

Lanre Alausa

Vice President of Value-Based and Integrated Care

Lanre Alausa is currently the Vice President of Value-Based and Integrated Care for Kidney Care Center and Dialysis Care Center. He has more than 13 years of experience in the dialysis space. Lanre’s positive relationships with the external partners is instrumental in the successful business operations for both of our organizations (KCC and DCC) and our partners. He is also responsible for implementing and managing the collaborative Value-Based Care programs between the Dialysis Care Center, Kidney Care Center, Government, and Private Health Plans such as The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Models (CKCC and ETC Models) and all other Value-Based Programs.

Lanre holds an MBA degree with an emphasis in Financial Management. He is also a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).

Salman Azam

General Counsel

Salman Azam serves as General Counsel for Dialysis Care Center. He manages all legal personnel and legal matters for the Company including all transactional work, regulatory affairs, compliance as well as labor and employment issues. Prior to joining DCC, he was the Managing Partner of a boutique heath care firm in Chicago that serviced various providers in the region. Mr. Azam was recognized by Crain’s as a Notable General Counsel for his work with DCC and has additionally received “Rising Star” SuperLawyer distinction by Chicago magazine for over a decade. Salman has served as former President of the South Asian Bar Association of Chicago and has also been featured as a TedX speaker.


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