GKA Director

Professor Meguid El Nahas, PhD, FRCP

Director of the Global Kidney Academy

Professor Meguid El Nahas, PhD, FRCP

Consultant Nephrologist

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). He is currently a Consultant Renal Physician at the Sheffield Kidney Institute and Professor of Nephrology at the University of Sheffield.

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. It also links the GKA to the International Education Trust (IET) that he has set up to provide support for such educational activities.

GKA Faculty Members

Professor Rashad Barsoum, MD, FRCP, FRCPE

Professor Rashad Barsoum, MD, FRCP, FRCPE

Professor Rashad Barsoum is a graduate of Kasr-El-Aini Medical School in Egypt. He was trained in Nephrology in Cairo, Paris, London and Minnesota Universities. He has held his faculty position in Cairo University since 1969, became professor of Internal Medicine in 1979, chief of Nephrology in 1994, and Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine in 1999.  He received many honors and awards from the Egyptian, African, Arab and Middle East Societies of Nephrology and Renal Transplantation and 16 regional universities and academic institutions or associations. He was the recipient of the 1992 International Award of the National Kidney Foundation of the United States, and the 2007 Roscoe Robinson Award of the International Society of Nephrology. He currently chairs the Medical Sector Commission of the Supreme Council of Egyptian Universities. His main research area is Tropical Nephrology, particularly Schistosomal Nephropathy for which he developed its internationally acknowledged classification. He has been the founding President of the African Association of Nephrology (AFRAN), and president of the Arab and Egyptian Societies of Nephrology. He also served as vice-president of the International Society for Artificial Organs and the Middle-East Society for Organ Transplantation (MESOT) and Secretary-General, Director of the Fellowship and Sister Renal Centers Program and Chairman of the Publications, Clinical Practice Guidelines, Governance and Nomination Committees of the International Society of Nephrology.

Professor Muhammad Magdi Yaqoob, MD, PhD, FRCP

Professor Muhammad Magdi Yaqoob, MD, PhD, FRCP

Professor Muhammad Magdi Yaqoob is currently Professor and Consultant Nephrologist at the Renal Unit of The Royal London and St. Bartholomew's Hospitals, UK. He is also joint Head of the Department of Experimental Medicine and Nephrology, William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary College, London UK as well as Unit Training Director of the Renal Unit, The Royal London and St. Bartholomew's Hospitals, UK and Academic Director of the Department of Renal Medicine and Transplantation, Barts and the London NHS Trusts.
Professor Yaqoob is Advisor to President, CEO, and Director of International office, Royal College of Physician, London on matters relating to developing countries and particularly on India. This involves organizing educational meetings and establishing MRCP examination in India.  He has been Elected Executive Council Member of the Renal Association UK and Council Member of European Shock Society and Member of the steering committee for the KEEP project (kidney early evaluation programme) by Kidney Research UK.   He is also a Member of the Renal Association UK on their Research,  Academic affairs and  International affairs committees.  Professor Yaqoob is Deputy Chairman and Chairman Elect, Medical Council, Barts and the London NHS Trusts.

Dr T. Alp Ikizler, MD

Dr T. Alp Ikizler, MD

T. Alp Ikizler, MD, is Catherine McLaughlin Hakim Chair in Nephrology and Professor of Medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee. He is Director of Clinical Research in Nephrology and also Medical Director and CEO of the Vanderbilt University Outpatient Dialysis Unit.

Dr. Ikizler received his medical degree from the Istanbul University Faculty of Medicine in Turkey where he completed his internships and internal medicine residency. Dr. Ikizler completed his Clinical and Research Fellowship in the Division of Nephrology at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He is board certified in Medicine and Nephrology.

Dr. Ikizler’s primary research interest is examining the factors that lead to adverse clinical outcomes in patients with kidney disease with a specific emphasis on nutritional and metabolic aspects. His research is focused on inflammation, oxidative stress and insulin resistance as primary mediators of deranged metabolic milieu of advanced kidney disease. His research also includes exploration of these factors in the setting of acute kidney injury and critical illness.

Dr. Ikizler is also the Director Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) Program (www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/msci), a prominent educational platform for Clinical Translational Research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC).

Dr Arif Khwaja, MD, PhD, FRCP

Dr Arif Khwaja, MD, PhD, FRCP

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.

Dr Carmine Zoccali, MD

Dr Carmine Zoccali, MD

Dr. Zoccali is Director of the Nephrology, Hypertension and Renal Transplantation Unit and  Chief  of the Clinical Epidemiology of Renal Diseases and Hypertension  Unit  of the National Research Council (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, CNR) - IBIM  at Riuniti Hospital, Reggio  Calabria, Italy.  Dr. Zoccali’s research interests cover hypertension, cardiovascular complications in chronic renal failure, renal disease progression and the epidemiology of chronic renal failure. He has contributed over 350 publications in peer reviewed journals. Chief  Editor  of  Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation-Educational and  associated  editor of Kidney International  he holds editorial positions in several international journals including  JASN, cJASN,  NDT,  J Hypertension , European J Clin Investigation, Nephron Clinical Practice and  Clinical Nephrology.   Dr. Zoccali chaired the European Renal Association – European Dialysis and Transplant Association (ERA-EDTA) Registry of Dialysis and Transplantation from 2003 until   May 2009. A member to 10 national and international societies of Nephrology and Hypertension, he received international awards by the Am Kidney Foundation and the Borelli Foundation Dr. Zoccali is Fellow of  the American Society of Nephrology  (FASN) and honorary Member of  the Spanish Society of Nephrology  and the Polish Society of Nephrology.

Dr Kevin Harris, MD, FRCP

Dr Kevin Harris, MD, FRCP

Dr Kevin Harris is Deputy Medical Director and Honorary Consultant Nephrologist at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. He is also a Reader in the Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation at the University of Leicester.  He was an undergraduate at Cambridge from 1975 and graduated in Medicine from Kings College Hospital School of Medicine in 1981. After obtaining MRCP he undertook a fellowship in Nephrology at Washington University St Louis, before returning to the UK to take up an NKRF Senior Clinical Fellowship and Honorary Lectureship appointment in Leicester. He has been a Consultant since 1993.  He is Clinical Vice President of the Renal Association.  His research interests include the pathophysiology of progressive renal failure. He has also conducted trials examining therapeutic interventions to delay progressive renal failure and improve cardiovascular outcome in renal patients. He is currently a co-investigator on a major national project (funded by the Health Foundation) to look at methods to improve the care and outcomes of patients with Chronic Kidney Disease.

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 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.

Professor Dimitrios S Goumenos, MD, PhD

Professor Dimitrios S Goumenos, MD, PhD

Professor Dimitrios S Goumenos is Professor of Nephrology and Head of the Department of Nephrology and Renal Transplantation, University Hospital of Patras, Greece.  He was born in Athens, Greece and graduated from the University of Athens in 1982.   After his training in internal medicine he did his training in nephrology in the Department of Nephrology and Transplantation of Laikon General Hospital of Athens, Greece.  From 1992-1994 he was a Clinical and Research Fellow in Sheffield Kidney Institute and Department of Renal Transplantation, Univer¬si¬ty of Shef¬field, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield UK.  Fellowship for further training in Nephrology and Renal Transplantation from ‘Alexandros Onasis Foundation’. Professor Goumenos’s research interest is the study of the mechanisms underlying progressive CKD and chronic allograft nephropathy and the factors influencing its progression, represent topics of specific interest. The research activity is focused on the management of patients with glomerulonephritis and on the mechanisms of progression of renal disease. He has maintained close contact with Sheffield Kidney Institute over the last 15 years with ongoing research collaboration that has resulted in numerous publications.   He is a regular overseas faculty on the Diploma course of the Sheffield Kidney Institute.

Professor Goce Spasovski, MD, PhD

Professor Goce Spasovski, MD, PhD

Professor Goce Spasovski is Professor of Nephrology. He was born in Skopje, R. Macedonia where he attended his undergraduate medical education. His postgraduate studies and training in nephrology were undertaken at the University Hospital in Skopje, and at the University of Antwerp, Katowice and "Laiko" University Hospital in Athens. His Master Degree of Medical Science in Nephrology was earned at the University of Skopje and the PhD at the Universities of Skopje and Antwerp. Professor Spasovski is an active investigator in clinical trials related to anemia, hyperphosphatemia and bone diseases in patients with chronic kidney disease, especially in bone biopsy based studies. His academic carrier is supported by more than 270 published articles and book chapters in peer-reviewed and national journals, and lectures on topics related to chronic kidney disease, dialysis and mineral and bone disorders, and kidney transplantation.  He is a member of many professional societies, serves as a reviewer of several medical journals, is a deputy editor of the BANTAO Journal, Macedonian Medical Review, and a member of the Editorial Board of several international nephrological journals. He finished his term as an ERA/EDTA Ordinary Council Member in 2009, but currently he is a Chairman of the Committee for CME activities at ERA-EDTA. He is also a Secretary of the Macedonian Society of Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation and Artificial Organs, member of the ISN/COMGAN Central & East European Committee, EUTox group, ERBP board and a Chairman of the Clinical workgroup at the COST initiative.

Professor Oguz Soylemezoglu, MD, PhD

Professor Oguz Soylemezoglu, MD, PhD

Professor Oguz Soylemezoglu is Professor in Paediatric Nephrology at Gazi University. Ankara. Following his training at Istanbul University, he had his postgraduate training at Hacettepe University Children’s Hospital in 1983-1988. He had his fellowship in Paediatric Nephrology at Hacettepe University Children’s Hospital in 1990-1993, and worked at Sheffield Kidney Institute in UK in 1995-1996.  He has more than 100 publications in peer view journals, and has been invited as lecturer in numerous international and national meetings. His main interest is renal transplantation, CKD and epidemiology, vasculitis and glomerular disease. He has been the president of Turkish Society of Paediatric Nephrology since 2005, and also Transplantation Immunology and Genetics Association since 2007. He is a member of Turkish Society of Nephrology as a representative of Society in Union European Medical Specialisation-UEMS Nephrology Section. He is a council member of International Paediatric Transplantation Society (IPTA) and also Turkish Paediatrics Association.

Professor Marc De Broe, MD, PhD

Professor Marc De Broe, MD, PhD

Professor Marc De Broe is Emeritus Professor of Medicine University of Antwerp.  He was formerly head of the department of Nephrology, Hypertension Renal transplantation University of Antwerp, Director of the Renal Research Unit of the Faculty of Medicine University of Antwerp, Dean of the faculty of Medicine and in 2000 initiated the Armenian Transplantation Project of the University of Antwerp.  He is a Member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium, Associate Editor of Kidney International, Member of the Africa commission of the ISN, Scientific adviser of the Physiopathology Research Unit, University Antwerp. Along with Professor Mohammed Ben Gharbi and scientific adviser of MAREMAR, Professor De Broe initiated a screening and preventive treatment program in the Kingdom of Morocco which started November 2009 and will end in November 2015.  Support from WHO, ISN, Moroccan Society of Nephrology and particularly the Ministry of Health of the Moroccan Kingdom has been obtained. Professor De Broe’s CME topics include nephrotoxicity, experimental and clinical; acute kidney injury, experimental; calcium phosphate metabolism, clinical, experimental (vascular calcifications); use of Immunosuppressive drugs in renal transplantation programs in developing countries.

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.

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 Saraladevi Naicker, MD

Professor Saraladevi Naicker, MD

Professor Saraladevi Naicker is currently Professor/ Chief Specialist; Head of Division of Nephrology, University of the Witwatersrand Academic Head, Department of Internal Medicine, Johannesburg, South Africa. She was born in Durban, South Africa and obtained his medical degree from the University of Natal.  Professor Naicker has been invited to give lectures in Africa (Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Morocco, Algeria) and Santa Fe, Berlin, Bellagio, Malaysia. She was also an invited speaker at the World Congresses of Nephrology in 2005 and 2007. She has hosted training of ISN Fellows from Ethiopia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia and is recognized by the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) for training of postgraduate students in Nephrology.  Hers was the first African centre (at University of Natal) to host a trainee of the ISN Fellowships program (1999-2000). She was awarded the International Distinguished Medal of the NKF (USA) in 2005, Convocation/Philip Tobias Distinguished Teaching Award of the University of the Witwatersrand in 2006 and the Roscoe Robinson award of the International Society of Nephrology for education in nephrology in 2009.

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 Terry Cook, FRCPath, FMedSci

Professor Terry Cook, FRCPath, FMedSci

Professor Cook is Professor of Renal Pathology at Imperial College London.  He qualified from St Mary’s Hospital Medical School and trained there as a renal pathologist. He is now based in the Renal Section at the Hammersmith Hospital Campus of Imperial College. He is responsible for renal biopsy reporting for the West London Renal and Transplant Unit which generates over 1000 renal biopsies a year.  Professor Cook’s laboratory research is into mechanisms of glomerulonephritis. His research has particularly focused on genetic determinants of susceptibility to glomerulonephritis, the role of macrophage activation in immune complex glomerulonephritis and the role of complement in lupus nephritis.  Clinically he is interested in how morphology in renal biopsies predicts outcome and was involved in developing the ISN/RPS classification of lupus glomerulonephritis and the recently published Oxford Classification of IgA nephropathy.  Professor Cook has considerable experience of providing practical training in nephropathology for pathologists and nephrologists

Professor Assem K El-Sherif, MD

Professor Assem K El-Sherif, MD

Professor Assem K El-Sherif is Professor of Nephrology and Medicine at Suez Canal University of Egypt and is a Senior Consultant Nephrologist at the University Hospital. He was formerly Director of the Hospital and Head of Departments of Medicine at the same University and at the Arabian Gulf University in Bahrain. Also he was the Chief Editor of Kidney Forum and is currently the Associate Editor of the Arab Journal of Nephrology and Transplantation (AJNT). He is a member of many professional societies and serves as a reviewer for 4 medical journals. Professor Assem has a major clinical interest in glomerulonephritis, especially SLE, and is committed to training on clinical nephrology and teaching of research methods and critical evaluation of clinical evidence. He chaired the scientific committees of more than 20 Egyptian and Arab nephrology congresses and workshops during the past 16 years.  His publications cover diverse aspects of nephrology and Medicine and he supervised more than 30 Master and Doctorate theses in Egyptian universities. Professor Assem has contributed to the development of problem-based learning at Suez Canal Faculty of Medicine and two other Arab medical schools.

Professor Edwina Brown, DM, FRCP

Professor Edwina Brown, DM, FRCP

Professor Edwina Brown is Consultant Nephrologist at the West London Renal & Transplant Centre, Hammersmith Hospital, London and Professor of Renal Medicine, Imperial College London

Her main clinical and educational interests are peritoneal dialysis, dialysis in the elderly and renal palliative care.  She is the principal investigator for BOLDE (Broadening Options for Long-term Dialysis in the Elderly). Her other current research include a prospective study of membrane function and dialysate cytokines in patients on peritoneal dialysis; and developing screening tools for encapsulating peritoneal sclerosis.  Professor Brown has published extensively on peritoneal dialysis and dialysis in the elderly and is the author/editor of several books.

Handbook of dialysis. Levy J, Morgan J, Brown EA.  Publisher: Oxford University Press 2009 (3rd edition)

Supportive Care for the Renal Patient. Ed., Chambers EJ, Brown EA, Germain M Oxford University Press, 2004 (2nd edition to be published Feb 2010

End of Life Care in Nephrology.  Brown E, Chambers EJ, Eggeling C.  Publisher Oxford University Press, 2007

Professor John D Williams, MD, FRCP

Professor John D Williams, MD, FRCP

Professor John Williams was educated at Llanelli Boys Grammar School leaving in 1967 to study medicine at the Welsh National School of Medicine.  He obtained a BSc in 1970 (1st Class Hons), and MBBCh in 1973.  He trained in Renal Medicine at the Cardiff Royal Infirmary (MRCP 1977, MD 1982).  He was Senior Fullbright Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School 1982-1985 and was appointed Senior Lecturer, Renal Medicine in 1985 and Professor of Nephrology in 1995. Professor Williams is a member of many international editorial boards and has served on the organising committees of numerous international congresses.  He has been a Visiting Professor in Australia, New Zealand, Poland, Canada, Japan and many other countries. 

Professor Williams is the Head of the Department of Medicine based at the School of Medicine, Cardiff University.  He was previously Head of Nephrology at Cardiff University and Director of the Institute of Nephrology. The institute is the largest kidney research group in the UK and is internationally at the forefront of renal research.

Professor Williams has a keen interest in Sports Medicine:

  • Doctor/climber Himalayan Expeditions in 1978 and 1985
  • Hon Physician WRU Elite Squad 1994-1997
  • Hon Physician Wales A 1997-2001
  • Hon Physician Wales National Squad 2000-2005
  • Currently the Physician to the Welsh National Squad

He is Senior Clinical Advisor on renal services to Chief Medical Officer, Welsh Assembly Government, and Chair of the All Wales Renal Clinical Network.

Professor Williams’ current clinical and laboratory research interests include:

  • Clinical peritoneal dialysis and the development of new fluids
  • The impact of inflammation on the peritoneal membrane
  • The progression of renal disease
  • Matrix turnover in the renal interstitium

 

Tazeen Jafar, MD

Tazeen Jafar, MD

Dr Tazeen Jafar is Professor in Community Health Sciences and Medicine (Nephrology) at the Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan.  Having trained in Internal Medicine and Paediatrics at the University of Texas in Houston, in Nephrology and clinical research at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, and in Public Health at Harvard, Dr Jafar returned to Pakistan in 2000, where she dedicated her efforts to high quality research in chronic diseases as well as serving as the founding section head of nephrology, and founding director of the nephrology fellowship training program at the Aga Khan University Hospital.  Dr Jafar is leading the development of a glomerular filtration rate (GFR) estimation equation in the Pakistani population based on inulin clearance, a project funded by the NIH-Fogarty.  Dr. Jafar’s efforts have been instrumental in initiating several structured research training programs, including the Masters in Clinical Research Program and the Clinical Scholars’ Program. Her unit collaborates with other capacity building initiatives in the region including the Wellcome-Trust funded South Asia Center for Chronic Diseases (SANCD).  Dr Jafar has served on the Population and Public Health Funding Committee at the Wellcome Trust, UK. She currently serves on the editorial board of Nephron Clinical Practice and the American Journal of Kidney Diseases.

Dr. D. Adu MD, FRCP

Dr. D. Adu MD, FRCP

Dr Adu is currently a Consultant Nephrologist at Korle Bu Hospital in Ghana and formerly worked at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.  He trained at Cambridge University and University College Hospital London.  He had postgraduate training at Oxford and at Guys Hospital.  His major research interests are in glomerulonephritis and lupus nephritis.  He is a past member of the Council of the Royal College of Physicians London and was Chairman of the UK Nephrology Training Committee and the Renal Association International Committee.  He has worked with colleagues in Africa to deliver training in renal medicine.

Dr Roger Greenwood, MSc, MD, FRCP

Dr Roger Greenwood, MSc, MD, FRCP

Following a first career in aeronautical engineering, Dr Greenwood graduated in medicine
in 1976. After training in Manchester and London (Barts) he moved to Stevenage in 1988
to establish a new renal service. He was Clinical Director of Renal Services based at
Lister covering the counties of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire for 20 years (1988 to 2008)
and continues as a full-time clinical nephrologist in the NHS.

The Lister renal unit has a long history of innovation in dialysis and maintains a creditable
output of original research and service development. His research interests include
haemodiafiltration, home haemodialysis, non-dialytic conservative management and
end-of-life issues. He is a co- coordinator (UK) of the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice
Patterns Study (DOPPS). He has a busy international schedule of lectures and
attendances at advisory boards.

Dr Greenwood was the President of the British Renal Society from 1997 to 2000, served
on the External Reference Group of the Renal National Service Framework from 2001 to
2004 and was a Chairman of the UK Kidney Alliance from 2003 to 2007. Currently he is
the clinical lead at the East of England Specialised Commissioning Group for home based
dialysis therapies and self-care development.

Dr Sunil Bhandari   MBChB, MRCP (UK), FRCP (Edin), PhD, M Clin Edu

Dr Sunil Bhandari MBChB, MRCP (UK), FRCP (Edin), PhD, M Clin Edu

Consultant in Nephrology/General Internal Medicine

Honorary Clinical Reader Hull York Medical School (HYMS)

Senior Director of Clinical Studies for HYMS

Co-Director of UK Advanced Nephrology Course

Locality Head of School of Medicine – East Yorkshire

Educational Ambassador - International Society of Nephrology

 Dr Bandari also serves as Royal College of Physicians Speciality Tutor for Nephrology, MRCP PACES examiner and a member on the Specialist Exam Writing Committee.

Dr Bandari has developed at the Hull York Medical School a unique renal curriculum with a mixture of plenaries, special students modules (images of disease), small group teaching and a physiology computer interactive session. He has organised a number of workshops for clinical tutors to assist in teaching in out-patients, using the Calgary Cambridge model of communication and consultation, assessment and feedback.

Dr Bandari is an active basic science and clinical researcher with a wide range of interests.