Dr Dorothea Nitsch MD MSc

Associate Professor (Clinical)

About Dorothea Nitsch

Research into causes and consequences of kidney disease


I graduated in Medicine at the University of Basel (Switzerland) and did a Doctoral Thesis there at the Biocenter. I worked several years in Internal Medicine and Renal Medicine in Switzerland up to obtaining specialist level. I did the MSc in Medical Statistics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2003 and joined directly afterwards. I hold a clinical contract as an Honorary Consultant Nephrologist with the Royal Free London NHS Foundation trust.




I am the Programme Director for the MSc in Epidemiology.


I am involved in research on risk factors and outcomes of chronic kidney disease.

I am the analytic lead of the National CKD Audit which investigates the identification and management of CKD in primary care in the UK. I am also involved in other analyses of routine electronic  health records with regards to kidney disease (http://ehr.lshtm.ac.uk/team/dorothea-nitsch/) I am the principal investigator of the MRC at Older Age study which contributes data to the Chronic Kidney disease Prognosis Consortium. I have been collaborating with the UK Renal Registry since 2003 on various analyses related to the outcomes of patients on dialysis and currently I am the Chair of the Registry's Research Methods Study Group.

I contribute to research at the Centre for Non-communicable Disease, in particular collaborating on a study that is investigating Mesoamerican nephropathy.

Research areas

  • Ageing
  • Clinical care
  • Clinical databases
  • Electronic health records
  • Older people's health
  • Primary care


  • Epidemiology
  • Genetic epidemiology
  • Life-course epidemiology
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Statistics

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Chronic disease
  • Eye diseases
  • Kidney disease
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Obesity


  • Euro area
  • Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)
  • North America
  • South Asia
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Other interests

  • Causal Inference
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Epidemiological Methods
  • clinical epidemiology
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