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.


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


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

Impact of chronic kidney disease on case ascertainment for hospitalised acute myocardial infarction: an English cohort study.
Bidulka P; Scott J; Taylor DM; Udayaraj U; Caskey F; Teece L; Sweeting M; Deanfield J; de Belder M; Denaxas S
BMJ Open
Comparing prevalence of chronic kidney disease and its risk factors between population-based surveys in Russia and Norway.
Cook S; Solbu MD; Eggen AE; Iakunchykova O; Averina M; Hopstock LA; Kholmatova K; Kudryavtsev AV; Leon DA; Malyutina S
BMC Nephrology
The importance of blood pressure thresholds versus predicted cardiovascular risk on subsequent rates of cardiovascular disease: a cohort study in English primary care.
Herrett E; Strongman H; Gadd S; Tomlinson L; Nitsch D; Bhaskaran K; Williamson E; van Staa T; Sofat R; Timmis A
The Lancet. Healthy longevity
COVID-19 and kidney disease: insights from epidemiology to inform clinical practice.
Mahalingasivam V; Su G; Iwagami M; Davids MR; Wetmore JB; Nitsch D
Nature Reviews Nephrology
Comparison of Outcomes of In-Centre Haemodialysis Patients between the 1st and 2nd COVID-19 Outbreak in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland: A UK Renal Registry Analysis.
Savino M; Santhakumaran S; Currie CSM; Onggo BSS; Evans KM; Medcalf JF; Nitsch D; Steenkamp R
The Nephron Journals
Lipid traits and type 2 diabetes risk in African ancestry individuals: A Mendelian Randomization study.
Soremekun O; Karhunen V; He Y; Rajasundaram S; Liu B; Gkatzionis A; Soremekun C; Udosen B; Musa H; Silva S
Centre variation in mortality following post-hospitalisation acute kidney injury: Analysis of a large national cohort.
Peracha J; Pitcher D; Santhakumaran S; Steenkamp R; Fotheringham J; Day J; Medcalf JF; Nitsch D; Lipkin GW; McKane WS
Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation
Risk of Arterial Thromboembolism, Venous Thromboembolism, and Bleeding in Patients with Nephrotic Syndrome: A Population-Based Cohort Study.
Vestergaard SV; Birn H; Darvalics B; Nitsch D; Sørensen HT; Christiansen CF
American Journal of Medicine
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