Marie O'Donoghue and Dr Andrew Goddard unveil a portrait of Prof Donal O'Donoghue

Professor Chris Whitty gives inaugural O’Donoghue lecture

Northern Care Alliance colleagues and friends joined the family of Professor Donal O’Donoghue OBE and physicians from around the UK at a memorial event for our much-missed renal consultant at the Royal College of Physicians at The Spire, Liverpool earlier this month. His wife Marie unveiled a portrait of Prof O’Donoghue (above, with RCP President Dr Andrew Goddard).

They heard England’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty, give the inaugural O’Donoghue lecture on the role of the medical profession in tackling UK health disparities. Prof Whitty said: “Donal was a remarkable man in so many ways. He cared deeply about disparities and inequalities in renal care, in health more widely and in medical training nationally and globally and he set out to improve them.”

Professor Phil Kalra speaking at the memorial event for Prof Donal O'Donoghue

Prof O’Donoghue’s Salford Royal colleague and friend  Professor Phil Kalra (above) introduced the memorial event, paying tribute to an inspirational legend of renal medicine, whose down to earth, warm and charismatic personality helped him to transform services in Greater Manchester and to influence national and international kidney care. He always put the interests of patients and their families first and was hugely supportive of colleagues.

Professor O’Donoghue was Registrar of the Royal College of Physicians, as well as National Clinical Director for kidney care from 2007-2013 and President of the Renal Association. You can view a recording of the lecture and memorial event at and scroll down to additional webinars (free registration needed).

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