Back Death of Donal O'Donoghue

“It is with sadness that we report the death of Professor Donal O’Donoghue on 3rd January 2021 of COVID-19, at the age of 64.

Donal qualified in Medicine in Manchester and then trained in renal medicine. He developed the renal services in Manchester, working in Salford for almost 30 years. He became the first president of the British Renal Society. Renal medicine stands out as a leading example of the importance of all members of the multidisciplinary team and here Donal was a key supporter.

Donal led the implementation of the Renal National Service Framework as National Clinical Director (Tsar). He encouraged the involvement of primary care in development of services for the management of CKD and AKI and was very supportive of many members of this Society, including myself. He understood the difficulties we face in general practice, but knew that people with CKD needed to be diagnosed and managed in primary care.

He was a champion of patient involvement in their care, putting patients at the centre of the care pathway, and was chair of the patient support charity Kidney Care UK. Donal was President of the Renal Association, Registrar of the RCP, and a supporter of KDIGO, but will also be remembered for his sense of humour, love of Manchester United and support for his patients and team.

He was truly a fine leader, a great example to all clinicians. He will be sadly missed by the whole renal community. His death demonstrates the cruel nature of COVID and our thoughts must go to his wife Marie and his family.”