Professor Donal O'Donoghue

RCP registrar

Professor Donal O’Donoghue is the registrar of the RCP, consultant renal physician at Salford Royal Hospital and professor of renal medicine at the University of Manchester.

Donal qualified in physiology and medicine from Manchester and trained in internal medicine and nephrology in the east Midlands, north-west, Paris (as a Medical Research Council travelling fellow) and in Edinburgh.

In Manchester, he led the reorganisation of renal services and established the first managed clinical network in England. Donal was inaugural president of the multi-professional British Renal Society. Between 2006 and 2013 he led the implementation of the Renal National Service Framework as national director of kidney care at the Department of Health. Donal was president of the Renal Association from 2016 until 2018 and was awarded an OBE for services to kidney patients in 2018.

Donal is passionate about professionalism in medicine, innovation and quality improvement in health and care. At the RCP Donal’s responsibilities include clinical and professional affairs and he takes a lead role in matters relating to membership, governance, regional activity, global programmes and relationships with the NHS.

In addition to clinical duties in Salford, Donal remains active in training and research. He chairs the Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria Senate and is medical director of Health Innovation Manchester. He is chair of the patient support charity Kidney Care UK.