Professor Dorothea Nitsch


of Clinical Epidemiology

Room 258f

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7927 2095

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.


Department of Non-communicable Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health


Centre for Global Chronic Conditions
Centre for Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)


Until 2017 I was the Programme Director for the MSc in epidemiology. I have now stepped down, and am the Exam Board Chair for the MSc in Epidemiology. I also co-organise the Distance Learning Module in Global Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology (EPM 307). I teach face to face MSc  students in Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health, Extended Epidemiology and Study Design.


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

I was 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 ( 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 UK Kidney Association's Director of Informatics Research.

I contribute to research at the Centre for Non-communicable Disease, in particular collaborating on a study that is investigating Mesoamerican nephropathy. I was involved in the ARK study which has validated the measurement of renal function using biomarkers in Sub-Saharan Africa, and another study that investigates the association of renal function markers in children with markers of growth and nutrition.

Research Area
Clinical care
Clinical databases
Primary care
Electronic health records
Older people's health
Genetic epidemiology
Life-course epidemiology
Disease and Health Conditions
Cardiovascular disease
Chronic disease
Eye diseases
Kidney disease
Non-communicable diseases
Euro area
Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)
North America
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Factors associated with COVID-19 vaccine uptake in people with kidney disease: an OpenSAFELY cohort study.
OpenSAFELY Collaborative; Parker EP; Tazare J; Hulme WJ; Bates C; Carr EJ; Cockburn J; Curtis HJ; Fisher L; Green AC
BMJ Open
Potential impact of NICE guidelines on referrals from primary care to nephrology: a primary care database and prospective research study.
Sullivan MK; Jani BD; Rutherford E; Welsh P; McConnachie A; Major RW; McAllister D; Nitsch D; Mair FS; Mark PB
British Journal of General Practice
Defining measures of kidney function in observational studies using routine health care data: methodological and reporting considerations.
Carrero JJ; Fu EL; Vestergaard SV; Jensen SK; Gasparini A; Mahalingasivam V; Bell S; Birn H; Heide-Jørgensen U; Clase CM
Kidney international
Kidney function before and after acute kidney injury: a nationwide population-based cohort study.
Jensen SK; Heide-Jørgensen U; Vestergaard SV; Gammelager H; Birn H; Nitsch D; Christiansen CF
Clinical kidney journal
Identifying and visualising multimorbidity and comorbidity patterns in patients in the English National Health Service: a population-based study
Kuan V; Denaxas S; Patalay P; Nitsch D; Mathur R; Gonzalez-Izquierdo A; Sofat R; Partridge L; Roberts A; Wong ICK
The Lancet Digital health
Novel multimorbidity clusters in people with eczema and asthma: a population-based cluster analysis.
Mulick AR; Henderson AD; Prieto-Merino D; Mansfield KE; Matthewman J; Quint JK; Lyons RA; Sheikh A; McAllister DA; Nitsch D
Scientific reports
The presence and impact of multimorbidity clusters on adverse outcomes across the spectrum of kidney function.
Sullivan MK; Carrero J-J; Jani BD; Anderson C; McConnachie A; Hanlon P; Nitsch D; McAllister DA; Mair FS; Mark PB
BMC medicine
Twenty-four-year trends in incidence and mortality of nephrotic syndrome - a population-based cohort study.
Vestergaard SV; Birn H; Jensen SK; Sørensen HT; Nitsch D; Christiansen CF
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