Tributes have poured in from across the renal world after the sad passing of Professor Donal O'Donoghue last Sunday.
The charity are deeply saddened by Donal's untimely passing, he was an inspiration to so many in our community. He was tireless in his support for kidney patients, never hesitating to listen to all, to highlight inequalities and promote the best possible care for kidney patients.
Donal's impact on the kidney community has been immense. Having been a consultant renal physician since 1992 he has also been the inaugural President of the British Renal Society, President of the Renal Association, and the first National Clinical Director of Kidney Care at the Department of Health between 2007 and 2013. Having spent more than 30 years working to improve the care of people with kidney disease, Donal had also been the Chair of Trustees of Kidney Care UK since 2016.
Our thoughts and sympathies go to his wife Marie, their three children and four grandchildren.
The Renal Association and Royal College of Physicians will be holding a memorial in the summer when it is hoped we can all come together to celebrate and honour his life and incredible achievements.
We are honoured that Donal's family have requested that any donations be made to Kidney Care UK, and be used to continue his efforts to support kidney patients and their families
If you'd like to make a donation please visit: In memory of Professor Donal O'Donoghue OBE
Paul Bristow, Chief Executive Kidney Care UK
“Donal’s impact on the kidney community has been immense. Having spent more than 30 years working to improve the care of people with kidney disease, Donal has also been the Chair of Trustees of Kidney Care UK since 2016; and everyone at the charity will miss him terribly. Donal was an inspiration to so many in our community. He was tireless in his support for people with kidney disease, never hesitating to listen to all, to highlight inequalities and promote the best possible care for kidney patients. His care and support for kidney patients really did make a difference, and will continue to do so for years to come.”
Professor Andrew Goddard MD, PRCP, President, Royal College of Physicians
"Words cannot express how sad this has made all of us at the RCP. Donal was the loveliest person and considered by many to be the 'big daddy' of British renal medicine. He was my friend, my wingman and my confidant. I will miss him terribly".
"We are devastated to hear that Donal O'Donoghue passed away yesterday. Donal was a long-standing of National Voices and the whole patient sector. His commitment to person-centred care and his deep understanding of the contribution of the VCSE sector cam make were so clear.
Most recently he supported our insight work into what people need after the first lockdown through writing a heartfelt and thoughtful foreword to our report and speaking at our launch.
We will miss him, his sense of humour, and support so much, and commit to continuing our efforts to work with doctors, patients and their organisations to making life better for people who live with ill health. Our hearts go out to Donal's family and friends."
Alex Norris, MP for Nottingham North and Shadow Public Health Minister
"There are no words to express our sadness at losing Donal.
I've known him 25 years. First as the MUFC-mad dad of my best pal from school. Then as a public health colleague.
He was the best bloke you could meet: leader in his field, model public servant and great on a night out."
Intensive Care Society
"This is incredibly sad to hear. Our condolences to Professor Donal O’Donoghue’s family and colleagues on their loss. His contributions to healthcare will never be forgotten."
Northern Care Alliance NHS Group
"We're incredibly saddened to hear that our colleague and friend Professor Donal O'Donoghue OBE passed away last night.
Our thoughts are with his wife, family and colleagues. He will be sorely missed by all our #NCAfamily and beyond."
Sandra Currie, Kidney Research chief Executive
“I worked closely with Donal on the Renal Association board, and through the Kidney Charities Together group. I know that the impact of his early death will be profound across so many areas of the kidney community. Donal was a great advocate for research, particularly in the clinical setting. For several decades he has been involved in many of our key areas of work, and most recently we shared a specific interest in multiple health conditions. For several years he chaired our Fellows Day event and supported the researchers we fund in their work to improve the lives of patients.”
"Donal's influence on partnerships with patients will be lasting. So sorry. I knew him particularly through his early and key advocacy for adoption Patient View but he did so much more too."
Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO)
"KDIGO is deeply saddened by the loss of Donal O'Donoghue, a remarkable leader in the treatment of kidney disease, a valued colleague, and a longtime supporter of KDIGO. The global kidney community will truly miss him. Our sincerest condolences to his family and loved ones."
Dr James Burton, Professor of Renal Medicine University of Leicester
"An Officer and a Gentleman, Prof Donal O'Donoghue OBE. whose legacy will live on through all the people that he ever came into contact with. As do many, I owe him a great deal and will miss him"
Professor Hilary Bekker
"Such sad news. An advocate of inter-disciplinary collaboration to keep enhancing personalised kidney research, practice and care. Condolences to his family."
Dr Lesley Lappin
"Terrible news of the death of an esteemed renal colleague of almost 30 years. Donal, you were a powerhouse for the Renal Community and shall be greatly missed. Thinking of Marie and family during this sad time."
British Association for Paediatric Nephrology (BAPN)
"A truly sad day for our nephrology community. Our thoughts and condolences to Professor O'Donoghue's family, patients and all who worked with him."
Dr Cristina Vasilica
"Very sad news and a massive loss for the renal community! My condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Professor Donoghue. I will never forget that Donal joined us when Greater Manchester Kidney Information & Networking was launched, supporting and promoting the network."
"Such sad news and a huge loss to the kidney world. Thoughts are with his family and friends."
Grainne Walsh, advanced practice transplant nurse at Evelina London Children's Hospital
"Struggling to find words! Donal has ben such an incredible leader in the kidney world, both near & far! He was an incredible chair of Kidney Care UK trustees, and I learnt so much from him. My thoughts are with his family, friends, & colleagues, who will so miss him. RIP Donal."
"So desperately sad - a wonderful man, mentor, physician, colleague and lodestar. We will miss him dreadfully."
"Such a sad loss for not only Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (SRFT) Renal Department and Salford Royal Hospital itself but for the whole of the Renal Community in the UK.
My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends."
Jo-Anne Dobson, Kidney Care UK Northern Ireland Ambassador
"Heartbreaking news - Donal was a gentleman & a giant of the entire kidney family & his loss will be felt deeply - condolences to his family at this sad time."
Professor Nicola Thomas
"Very saddened and shocked to hear this news - many in the kidney community knew him and worked with him over many years. He was a great champion for true multi-professional working, with patients always at the centre of care. His legacy will live on."
"Professor Donal O’Donoghue looked after my care whilst I was at university. He was one of those special doctors who treated you holistically and with great compassion. My first kidney transplant gave me the opportunity to travel through the Emerald Isle for 7 weeks with all my belongings including expensive anti-rejection drugs which I ran short of. Mum and Dad had to post some over ... I went back to attend Uni but this kidney failed after 18 months. Professor Donal looked after me during this time. This is a huge loss to renal patients all over."
Professor Colin Baigent
"I was personally very upset to hear this news this morning. Donal was a constant source of support, help, and wise advice from the earliest days of our work in renal disease, but more to the point he was simply a thoroughly decent human being. He will be very much missed."
"I worked closely with him when he headed up the Manchester renal reorganisation in 1990's and his wife taught my children French. He always had renal patients needs in his focus and made Salford Royal a very patient focused hospital. To lose him to covid is tragic and will leave a massive hole in the communication of patient needs to NHS decision makers."
"Dreadful news! I will remember him always as a warm, gentle man with a lovely sense of humour. The medical world will miss him greatly as will everyone working in kidney disease."
"Huge, huge loss to the renal community, his influence was immense but he was also the nicest and most caring, inclusive man. I am deeply sad."
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