Marcello Tonelli MD SM MSc FRCPC

Senior Associate Dean (Health Research), Cumming School of Medicine
Associate Vice President (Health Research), University of Calgary

Dr. Tonelli is a nephrologist, professor and clinician-scientist at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Tonelli’s research focuses on improving the care of people with chronic kidney disease and other noncommunicable diseases. He completed a volunteership at the World Health Organization in 2013-2014, focusing on treatment of noncommunicable diseases following natural disasters and civil conflict.

Dr. Tonelli is chair emeritus of the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care, a past President of the Canadian Society of Nephrology, and the former lead of the International Society of Nephrology’s global research portfolio. He is a member of and sits on the Executive Committee of the Governing Council for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Dr. Tonelli was the recipient of the 2013 United States National Kidney Foundation Medal for Distinguished Service and the Kidney Foundation of Canada’s 2013 Medal for Research Excellence for changing nephrology practice in Canada and beyond. He is the Director of the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Centre for the Prevention and Control of Chronic Kidney Disease.

Dr. Tonelli was elected a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2012 and has been named a “Highly Cited” researcher each year since 2015 by Thomson-Reuters Web of Science, corresponding to a rank in the top 0.1% by citations of all researchers worldwide.

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