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 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 ( 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 their 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 am involved in a study that is validating 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

Case-ascertainment of acute myocardial infarction hospitalizations in cancer patients: a cohort study using English linked electronic health data
Coles B; Teece L; Weston C; de Belder MA; Oliver-Williams C; Welch CA; Rutherford MJ; Lambert PC; Bidulka P; Paley L
European Heart Journal - Quality of Care and Clinical Outcomes
Chronic Kidney Disease (Invited Seminar)
Kalantar-Zadeh K; Jafar TH; Nitsch D; Neuen BL; Percovic V
The Lancet
Data-driven identification of ageing-related diseases from electronic health records.
Kuan V; Fraser HC; Hingorani M; Denaxas S; Gonzalez-Izquierdo A; Direk K; Nitsch D; Mathur R; Parisinos CA; Lumbers RT
Scientific Reports
Chronic kidney disease and neurological disorders: are uremic toxins the missing piece of the puzzle?
Liabeuf S; Pepin M; Franssen CFM; Viggiano D; Carriazo S; Gansevoort RT; Gesualdo L; Hafez G; Malyszko J; Mayer C
Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation
Prevalence of polypharmacy and associated adverse health outcomes in adult patients with chronic kidney disease: protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis
Okpechi IG; Tinwala MM; Muneer S; Zaidi D; Ye F; Hamonic LN; Khan M; Sultana N; Brimble S; Grill A
Systematic Reviews
Inflammatory skin diseases and the risk of chronic kidney disease: population-based case-control and cohort analyses.
Schonmann Y; Mansfield KE; Mulick A; Roberts A; Smeeth L; Langan SM; Nitsch D
British journal of dermatology
Sociodemographic features and mortality of individuals on haemodialysis treatment who test positive for SARS-CoV-2: A UK Renal Registry data analysis.
Savino M; Casula A; Santhakumaran S; Pitcher D; Wong E; Magadi W; Evans KM; Benoy-Deeney F; Griffin J; Plumb L
PloS one
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