Badrinath R. Konety, MBBS, MBA, became the Henry P. Russe, MD, Dean of Rush Medical College and senior vice president, clinical affairs, for Rush University System for Health in July 2020. As dean, he is responsible for all personnel, financial, educational, research and student-related matters for the college and leads its faculty — which includes both Rush-employed and private physicians — the 22 department chairpersons and other college leadership. In his role as the Rush system’s vice president of clinical affairs, Konety leads Rush University Medical Group (RUMG), the group practice of Medical Center-employed physicians, overseeing the administrative leadership of RUMG and working with department chairs to ensure alignment between the clinical enterprise and academic initiatives.
He is responsible for promoting the continued competitiveness and excellence of both academic and clinical programs and the continued development of service lines across all three hospitals in the Rush system. Reflecting Rush’s longstanding commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, Konety also is responsible for working collaboratively with the college community to increase access for and retention of under-represented minority students, faculty and staff and for nurturing an environment within the college where all members of the community feel welcome.
Prior to joining Rush, Konety was the associate dean for innovation, vice dean for clinical affairs and the Dougherty Family Chair in Uro-Oncology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He was the director of the Institute for Prostate and Urologic Cancer and served as the school’s chair of urology for a decade. He also he held the roles of chief executive officer of the University of Minnesota Physicians, chief clinical officer for M Health Fairview and associate director for clinical affairs and clinical research at Masonic Cancer Center.
Konety graduated from M.S. Ramaiah Medical College of Bangalore University in India before coming to the United States for a research fellowship in the Department of Urology at the Veterans Administration Medical Center/University of California San Francisco. He then completed his urology residency and an American Foundation for Urologic Diseases Research Scholar fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, where Konety also received his Master of Business Administration. He completed his urologic oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
Konety is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Urologic Association and American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons. He is the immediate past president of the Societe Internationale d’Urologie and the Society of Academic Urology.
The recipient of grants from the Department of Defense, the National Cancer Institute, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Cancer Society and American Geriatrics Society, Konety has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed publications, numerous book chapters and edited two books.
A widely recognized expert on prostate and bladder cancer, Konety has given presentations on a wide range of urologic oncology topics nationally and internationally and has been listed been listed among the Best Doctors in America since 2009. He is on the editorial board of several journals and is a member of multiple guideline panels.