Prof Dorothea Nitsch

Prof of Clinical Epide & HC Nephrologist

United Kingdom

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.

Since 2023 I am sharing the role of Medical Director at LSHTM and represent LSHTM's interests within UCLPartners.


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


Centre for Data and Statistical Science for Health
Malaria Centre
Centre for Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health
Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre
Antimicrobial Resistance Centre


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. Until 2023 I also co-organised the Distance Learning Module in Global Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology (EPM307). 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, and in particular I am involved in a collaboration with Chiang Mai University in Thailand on this topic. 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 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
Life-course epidemiology
Clinical medicine
Disease and Health Conditions
Kidney disease
Cardiovascular diseases
Infectious diseases
United Kingdom
East Asia & Pacific (all income levels)
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Strategies to Prevent Infections in Dialysis Patients.
Ponce, D; Nitsch, D; Ikizler, TA;
Seminars in nephrology
Kidney Function Measures and Mortality: A Mendelian Randomization Study.
Shan, Y; Zhang, J; Lu, Y; Liao, J; Liu, Y; Dai, L; Li, J; Song, C; Su, G; Hägg, S; Xiong, Z; Nitsch, D; Carrero, JJ; Huang, X;
American journal of kidney diseases : the official journal of the National Kidney Foundation
Advances in the management of chronic kidney disease
Chen, TK; Hoenig, MP; NITSCH, D; Grams, ME;
British Medical Journal
Comparative Effectiveness of Dynamic Treatment Strategies for Medication Use and Dosage: Emulating a Target Trial Using Observational Data.
Birnie, K; Tomson, C; Caskey, FJ; Ben-Shlomo, Y; NITSCH, D; Casula, A; Murray, EJ; Sterne, JA C;
Epidemiology (Cambridge, Mass.)
Identifying markers of health-seeking behaviour and healthcare access in UK electronic health records
Graham, S; WALKER, JL; Andrews, N; NITSCH, D; Parker, PK E; McDonald, HI;
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Management and outcomes of myocardial infarction in people with impaired kidney function in England.
Scott, J; BIDULKA, P; Taylor, DM; Udayaraj, U; Caskey, FJ; Birnie, K; Deanfield, J; De Belder, M; Denaxas, S; Weston, C; Adlam, D; NITSCH, D;
BMC nephrology
Population-level detection of early loss of kidney function: 7-year follow-up of a young adult cohort at risk of Mesoamerican nephropathy.
Gonzalez-Quiroz, M; Heggeseth, B; Camacho, A; Oomatia, A; Al-Rashed, AM; Zhang, Y; McCreight, A; Jewel, N; Aragon, A; Nitsch, D; PEARCE, N; Caplin, B;
International journal of epidemiology
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