Lesley Rees

Dr Lesley Rees is an expert in paediatric nephrology. She has worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) since 1990 and is currently Head of the Nephrology Department.

Dr Rees has supervised seven successful MD and PhD students, two of whom are now consultants in the renal unit.

She is editor of the journal of the subspecialty, Pediatric Nephrology.


Dr Rees leads the dialysis programme. Her particular clinical skills lie in managing the complications of dialysis, namely: poor nutrition and growth, and the bone and blood vessel disorder that is associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD).


Qualifications and training

  • 1974 MB ChB Manchester

  • 1977 MRCP (UK)

  • 1982 MD Manchester

  • 1994 FRCP

  • 1998 FRCPCH

  • 2007 Reader, University College, London

Research interests

Improvements in medical technology have led to the ability to treat even the youngest children with CKD with dialysis and transplantation.

However, many children suffer from handicaps due to poor growth and renal bone disease. In addition, young adults have a risk of death from cardiovascular disease (CVD) equivalent to an 85 year old.

The main focus of Dr Rees’ research has been to investigate these three most significant, and inter-related, complications. Her key objectives are to reduce morbidity by improving understanding of the causes and to identify preventative measures or treatments.

This work has been conducted using clinical, basic science and translational research.


Tel: 020 7762 6725

Email: Lesley.rees@gosh.nhs.uk