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Associate Professor Stephen McDonald is a senior consultant nephrologist at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and Executive officer of the Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant Registry. He also holds academic status in the Departments of Medicine and Public Health of Adelaide University. Following clinical training in nephrology at various hospitals in Adelaide, he moved to the world of epidemiological research at Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin in 1998. There he examined relationships between early kidney and cardiovascular disease and markers of inflammation and nutrition among remote Aboriginal communities. He also spent time as a general physician to a number of remote Aboriginal communities. In mid-2001 he returned to Adelaide to a post-doctoral position in the ANZDATA Registry, and subsequently a full-time staff position with the Department of Nephrology and Transplantation Service at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
His research interests include all aspects of the epidemiology of renal disease, chronic diseases and Indigenous health, measurement of disease outcomes and use of surrogate markers of cardiovascular disease. Clinically, his practice includes all aspects of clinical nephrology with a special interest in nephrological procedures and acute renal failure, and the development of clinical practice guidelines. A combination of his clinical and research interests has led to involvement in a number of organisations, in particular development of guidelines for management of kidney disease in Australia (CARI guidelines) and the Australian Kidney Trials Network and more recently the development of a National Chronic Kidney Disease Strategy.
He has published approximately 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, is a reviewer for several journals and is co-editor of the Annual report of ANZDATA.