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Professor Meguid El Nahas, PhD, FRCP

Professor Meguid El Nahas, PhD, FRCP

Professor El Nahas was born in Cairo, Egypt and undertook his undergraduate medical education in Geneva, Switzerland. His postgraduate studies took him to Boston (MGH and Harvard), London (Hammersmith Hospital and Royal Postgraduate Medical School) and Paris (Hopital Tenon).

Professor El Nahas has dedicated his academic career to research in the field of CKD. Over the years, he has also been involved in setting up a number of educational activities for nephrologists from emerging countries including the Sheffield School of Nephrology that delivers the Diploma and Masters courses in Nephrology at the Sheffield Kidney Institute. Professor El Nahas is a member of the ISN council and is involved in a number of its research and education committees and activities. Professor El Nahas is the editor of Nephron Clinical Practice.

His latest initiative, the Global Kidney Academy, follows and builds upon previous educational missions aimed to improve training, education and research in Nephrology in developing countries.

Dr Arif Khwaja, MD, PhD, FRCP

Dr Arif Khwaja, MD, PhD, FRCP

Consultant Nephrologist

Dr Arif Khwaja is a Consultant Renal Physician at the Sheffield Kidney Institute and Honorary Senior lecturer at the University of Sheffield, UK. He qualified in 1992 at Guy’s Hospital Medical School and completed his general medical training in Newcastle, London and Auckland. He trained in Nephrology in the South Thames, London working at Guy’s, Kings and St Georges’ hospitals. In 2000 he was awarded an MRC Clinical Training Fellowship to study the role of Ras GTPases in mesangial cell proliferation. Dr Khwaja was awarded a PhD for this work in 2004 and has worked as a Consultant Nephrologist at the Sheffield kidney Institute since then. Dr Khwaja has continued his research interest in developing strategies to prevent chronic kidney disease (CKD) progression. This work has been funded by Kidney Research UK and aims to target cell signalling proteins as a way of reducing kidney fibrosis. In addition he has maintained a strong clinical interest in CKD particularly focussing on end of life care and the relationship between primary and secondary care. Dr Khwaja is a senior faculty member of the Diploma and Masters Courses in Nephrology at the Sheffield Kidney Institute.

Faculty Members

Professor Neveen A Soliman ElShakhs, MBBCh, MSc, MD

Professor Neveen A Soliman ElShakhs, MBBCh, MSc, MD

Professor ElShakhs is Professor of Pediatrics at Cairo University.  She is Founder and Director of the Egyptian Group for Orphan Renan Diseases and Co-founder and Senior Consultant at the Center for Pediatric Nephrology &Transplantation at Cairo University.  Professor ElShakhs is involved with the training and education of undergraduate and postgraduate medical students as well as the training of postdoctoral clinical and research fellows.  Her special interests include genetic and metabolic renal diseases, urinary tract infections, hypertension and renal transplantation.  She is the Founding Editor of the World Journal of Nephrology and Subject Editor of the Arab Journal of Kidney Diseases.  Professor ElShakhs is also a Board Member of the Egyptian Society of Pediatric Nephrology and Transplantation.

Dr Pierre Delanaye, MD, PhD

Dr Pierre Delanaye, MD, PhD

Dr Pierre Delanaye is currently Nephrologist in the University Hospital of Liège (CHU Sart Tilman), Belgium. He graduated in 1999. His daily practice is in the Hemodialysis Unit. His clinical interest is the estimation and measurement of glomerular filtration rate, the “CKD epidemiology” and the calcium phosphate metabolism. In his research he underlines the strong and necessary links between Nephrology and Clinical Chemistry. He is author or co-author of 112 scientific papers in medical journals recorded in Pubmed (June 2012). He collaborates with several clinical research teams in France, Germany and Congo (RDC). He is member of the French Society of Nephrology and of the ERA-EDTA. He is currently in charge to develop the French part of the Global kidney Academy.

Professor Roberto Pecoits-Filho, MD

Professor Roberto Pecoits-Filho, MD

Dr Roberto Pecoits-Filho is currently Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná and Director of the PhD and Master Programs in Health Sciences at the same University. Dr Pecoits-Filho received his M. degree in 1993, trained in Internal Medicine and Nephrology in Curitiba and completed his nephrology fellowship at the University of Missouri, Columbia in 1997-98. He received a PhD from the University of São Paulo and thereafter went to Sweden as a visiting scholar at the Karolinska Institutet from 1999 to 2002. Recently, he was appointed to be the Latin American member of the Young Nephrologists Committee of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN). He is also member of ISN’s Publication Committee and the COMGAN-Latin America. He is the current coordinator of the Latin American Chapter of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis (ISPD). Dr Pecoits sits in the Editorial Board of Nephron Clinical Practice, Peritoneal Dialysis International, Haemodialysis International and Blood Purification and is Associate Editor of the Brazilian Journal of Nephrology. He has published over 80 papers in international journals and lectured in over 25 countries around the world.

Professor Alan R Watson, MD, FRCP

Professor Alan R Watson, MD, FRCP

Professor Alan R Watson is Professor of Paediatric Nephrology at the University of Nottingham, UK. He was born in Wales and undertook his undergraduate medical education in Edinburgh, Scotland.  His postgraduate studies took him to Durban, South Africa and Manchester, UK.  He also completed a fellowship and 2 years on staff at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada.  He returned to Nottingham, UK in 1985 to set up and direct the Children’s Renal & Urology Unit at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.  He was appointed Special Professor of Paediatric Nephrology at the university in 2005. He was Founder Chair of the UK Clinical Ethics Network Trustee Board.  He has helped to train a number of European and international fellows in paediatric nephrology and is a Council member of the International Paediatric Nephrology Association.  He has coordinated a European Paediatric Dialysis Working Group which has produced 8 published guidelines.

Professor Watson has contributed a paediatric module to the Masters Diploma Course from the Sheffield Kidney Institute and lectured at a number of international meetings and venues.  Over the last 5 years he has developed a sister renal centre link with Soba University Hospital, Khartoum as well as providing advice to a number of paediatric units in emerging countries. He is pleased and excited to join the Global Kidney Academy Faculty and supports joint educational and research objectives for both adult and paediatric nephrology in developing countries.

Dr Jeremy Levy, PhD, FRCP

Dr Jeremy Levy, PhD, FRCP

Dr Jeremy Levy is a Consultant Nephrologist and Physician at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (Hammersmith Hospital) and Senior Lecturer for Imperial College London. He is also Director of Medical Education for Hammersmith Hospital, and Head of the London School of Medicine and Medical specialties responsible for training in all medical specialties across London. Previously he trained in Cambridge, London and Oxford. Jeremy has a major clinical interest in immune mediated renal disease (especially vasculitis, SLE and glomerulonephritis), chronic kidney disease, HIV and kidney disease and haemodialysis, is hugely committed to teaching and training.  He has written textbooks on dialysis and nephrology, including the Oxford Handbook of Dialysis, has developed on-line learning for Imperial College undergraduates in renal medicine and teaches widely to multiprofessional groups on kidney disease. He is on the editorial board of International Urology and Nephrology, has helped develop the UK Renal Specialty Certificate Examination and the new UK renal training curriculum.

Professor Anderson Goncalves, MD, PhD

Professor Anderson Goncalves, MD, PhD

Anderson Ricardo Roman Gonçalves graduated in Medicine at the Universidade Federal do Paraná in 1988.  He did his Residency in Internal Medicine and Nephrology at the Hospital das Clínicas da Universidade de São Paulo from 1989–1992 and in 2003 obtained his Ph.D. in Nephrology at the Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo under the supervision of Professor Roberto Zatz, working with experimental model of renal disease progression.

He obtained the title of Nephrologist of the Brazilian Society of Nephrology in 1992 and the title of Intensive Therapy of the Brazilian Intensive Medicine Association in 1994. Since 1994 he has been a member of the International Society of Nephrology and from 2005 he has been a corresponding member from the American Society of Nephrology.

He was teacher and co-coordinator of the Program of Residency in Critical Care Medicine in the Hospital Municipal São José, Joinville-SC from 1993-2001.

From 2010-2011 he spent 11 months at the Sheffield Kidney Institute, UK as part of a postdoctoral visit, being involved in some postgraduate teaching activities and analysis of data relating to the progression of CKD in Sheffield.

Dr Giovanni Battista Fogazzi, MD  Dr Giovanni Battista Fogazzi, MD

Dr Giovanni Battista Fogazzi, MD Dr Giovanni Battista Fogazzi, MD

Dr Fogazzi graduated in 1979.  His clinical interest is clinical nephrology, dialysis and follow-up of renal transplant recipients.  His special expertise is in urinalysis and urinary sediment examination and renal pathology (immunofluorescence microscopy on kidney biopsies).  Dr Fogazzi is presently “dirigente medico di I livello con eccellenza clinica” at  “Unità Operativa di Nefrologia Fondazione IRCCS, Ca’ Granda-Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milano, Italy.  Since 2006 he has been Professor at the School of  Nephrology  of Milano State University.  He is author or co-author of 97 scientific papers in medical journals recorded in Pubmed, 40 of which are on urinary sediment (all in international journals).  He is also the author of a chapter on urinalysis in five international treatises on renal medicine (Oxford Textbook of Clinical Nephrology 1st, 2nd and 3rd edition; Comprehensive Clinical Nephrology 2nd and 3rd edition) as well as the monograph “The Urinary Sediment. An Integrated View”, which is now at the 3rd edition.  Dr Fogazzi is a member of the European Committee which in 2000 produced the European Urinalysis Guidelines (Scand J Clin Lab Invest 2000; 60, suppl 231, 1-96).  From 2000 to date he has been responsible for the External Quality Assessment program on urinary sediment “Urinalysis Performance”.  In 1997 Dr Fogazzi started a nephrological program, on a voluntary basis, at Hôpital St Jean de Dieu, Tanguiéta, Benin Republic (Wes Africa), which he visits each year for two weeks.  This program has been described in detail in:
Fogazzi GB, Attolou V, Kadiri S et al. A nephrological program in Togo and Benin (West Africa). Kidney Int 2003; 63 (Suppl 83): S56-S60.

Fogazzi GB, Attolou V, Aouanou G. Nephrology in the Republic of Benin  (West Africa).
In: M El-Nahas (Ed) Kidney Diseases in the Developing World and Ethnic Minorities. New York, Francis and Taylor, 2005; pp 417-34.

Professor Richard Glassock, MD

Professor Richard Glassock, MD

Professor Richard Glassock obtained his Doctor of Medicine from the UCLA School of Medicine.  He did his postgraduate training in Internal Medicine and Nephrology at UCLA Medical Center, Harvard University, Scripps Research Institute. Dr Glassock is an internationally recognized academician, teacher, researcher, author, lecturer and consultant in the field of kidney disease.  He has a 40 year record of achievements and publications in this field.  He is currently an Emeritus Professor at the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and operates a solely owned Consulting business, offering advice and expertise to numerous Pharmaceutical, Bio-Technology and Educational companies.  As such, he writes extensively, including requested reports, analyses, and reviews.  He also delivers invited lectures throughout world.  His medical care activities are limited and he currently does not operate a physician practice.

Dr John Pickering, PhD

Dr John Pickering, PhD

Dr Pickering is a Senior Research Fellow in the Christchurch Kidney Research Group (CKRG), University of Otago Christchurch, New Zealand. His PhD was in the physics of the copper vapour laser treatment of port-wine stains. However, his current research interests are in acute kidney injury (AKI). This began with his joining CKRG under the directorship of Professor Zoltan Endre to oversee the analysis of the world’s first trial of high dose erythropoietin in the ICU as a treatment for AKI. His research interests include mathematical modeling of AKI, the design of clinical trials of intervention in AKI and the detection and analysis of structural biomarkers of AKI.

Dr Bisher Kawar, MD, MRCP

Dr Bisher Kawar, MD, MRCP

Dr Bisher Kawar is a Consultant Renal Physician at the Sheffield Kidney Institute and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield.  He was course tutor on the Diploma and Masters Courses in Nephrology at the Sheffield Kidney Institute and has a strong interest in undergraduate and postgraduate education. His research interests focus on cardiovascular disease, obesity and the kidney.

Professor Fernando Fervenza, MD, PhD

Professor Fernando Fervenza, MD, PhD

Fernando C. Fervenza MD. D.Phil (Oxon) Professor of Medicine, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, MN, USA. Director, Mayo Nephrology Collaborative Group. Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology. Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Member of the American Board of Internal Medicine, Nephrology section. Area of interest is in pursuing patient-oriented research projects in the area of parenchymal renal diseases aiming to bring new bench research discoveries to the bedside treatment of patients with glomerulopathies.