Faculty A-Z

Patrick Parfrey

Professor of Medicine (Nephrology) MD, FRCPC, OC, FRSC

Medicine Nephrology



Room 3M102A

What brought me to MUN? What keeps me at MUN?

My major research interests are in patient related problems associated with kidney disease and genetic disease, together with issues in health care delivery.

Dr Parfrey is a clinical epidemiologist and nephrologist, and a John Lewis Paton Distinguished University Professor at Memorial University. He is active in research of (1) patient related problems in chronic kidney disease,(2) the clinical epidemiology of inherited diseases,(3) health care delivery. His current projects included a randomized trial of cinacalcet (a calcimimetic) in the treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism in hemodialysis patients, identification and screening of families at high risk of colorectal cancer, and electronic interventions to improve the appropriateness of health care utilization.


B Sc Physiol(1972)MB, BCh (1975) MD (1980) University College Cork
FRCP 1977, The London Hospital, London, England (1976-80)
FRCP(C) 1984
Fellow Nephrology 1980-82, Charing Cross Hospital, London, England
Fellow Nephrology (Clinical Epidemiology 1982-84, Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal


Research/Teaching Summary:

Current PhD Supervisor for Elizabeth Hatfield, Geoff Warden Kendra Lester
Current Masters Supervisor for Patrick McNicholas, Jack Tuorburu, Cassie Chisholm, Kim Adams, Ian Short, Shane Stratton, Haley Noseworthy


Officer of the Order of Canada, 2004
Fellow Royal Society of Canada, 2009
John Lewis Paton Distinguished University Professor, 2013