Kidney Month 2022: Chronic kidney disease management at the Multidisciplinary Care Kidney Clinic

Dr. Christine White is a professor in the Division of Nephrology in the Department of Medicine at Queen’s University. Shecomposite photo of Dr. Christine White and Dr. Hasitha Welihinda has been at Queen’s since 2005 and is the director of the Multidisciplinary Care Kidney Clinic (MCKC) at Kingston Health Sciences Centre. 

Dr. White is a recipient of the SEAMO Clinician Scientist Development Program award and her research program focuses on the measurement and estimation of kidney function using conventional and novel markers. She has received funding from CIHR to develop novel accurate GFR measurement protocols. 

Dr. White’s MCKC team at provides care to patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) using a multidisciplinary team including nurses, social workers, pharmacists and dieticians. The team provides CKD care both at KHSC and also in surrounding communities like Smith Falls, Brockville and Belleville. She also works closely with Nephrology colleague Dr. Hasitha Welihinda, who has additional training in palliative care medicine, which plays a very important role in the management of patients with chronic kidney disease. “Palliative care plays an important role in our care as many of our patients are frail and elderly and have different priorities and care goals than younger individuals,” Dr. White says. 

Dr. White hopes the future of the KHSC MCKC program is to “further expand satellite clinics so that  patients can access complex MCKC care closer to where they live.”