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Professor Alexander Woywodt

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Qualified in Germany in 1998 - GMC reg 2007

Consultant Nephrologist and Honorary Clinical Professor


Staatsexamen (Germany), Board Certification Renal Medicine + General Internal Medicine (Germany), MRCP, FRCP (London and Edinburgh)

Specialty Areas
Specialist Interests

Use of Technology in Renal Medicine and the History of Nephrology.


Professor Woywodt has previously carried out basic science research on the pathogenesis of ANCA-associated vasculitis. More recently he has published a number of articles on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on service provision and on undergraduate medical education. He has also published on the use of technology in Renal Medicine.

A list of publications can be found on Professor Woywodt’s profile on ResearchGate.

Professional Memberships
Other Professional Roles/Awards/Esteem Markers

Professor Woywodt has been on the Editorial Board of Clinical Kidney Journal, an official journal of the European Renal Association, for more than a decade. He joined the editorial board of BMC Nephrology in early 2022.


Professor Woywodt originally trained as a paramedic and then went on to study medicine at Luebeck Medical School in Germany.

He carried out research with an intercalated M.D. degree into the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease, which led to first publications in peer-reviewed journals in 1994.

Professor Woywodt qualified in 1998 and embarked on a career as a nephrologist at Charite hospitals in Berlin, Germany (Prof F.C. Luft).

In 1999 Professor Woywodt moved to the Department of Nephrology at Hanover Medical School where he continued his training in General Medicine and Nephrology. This training included two years of full-time training in Intensive Care Medicine and ultrasound training in general abdominal and renal ultrasound.

Prof. Woywodt spent a lot of time working with transplant patients as Hanover Medical School is one of Germany’s largest transplant centres carrying out all transplants including multi-organ and high risk transplantation.

Professor Woywodt then led a research group around ANCA-associated small vessel vasculitis with a seminal publication in Lancet in 2003. This led to a thesis (German equivalent to Associate Professorship) in 2006.

In 2006 Prof. Woywodt published a paper in Lancet that led to the renaming of Wegener’s granulomatosis.

Prof. Woywodt then embarked on the UK PACES exams while still in Germany and also obtained board certification in General Internal Medicine and Nephrology in 2006.

In Spring 2007 Prof. Woywodt moved to his current role at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals in Preston/UK in 2007 as a Consultant Nephrologist with an interest in Medical Education.

Prof. Woywodt served as Associate Undergraduate Dean from 2011-2020 and looked after around 100 Year 3 students on the Manchester University's MbChB course. 

Languages Spoken

A list of publications can be found on Professor Woywodt’s profile on ResearchGate.

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