Dr. Marcello Tonelli


Senior Associate Dean (Health Research)
Associate Vice President (Health Research)
Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

Committee membership

Governing Council


Marcello Tonelli joined the University of Calgary in 2014, taking on the roles of Senior Associate Dean (Health Research) at the Cumming School of Medicine and Associate Vice President (Health Research).

Dr. Tonelli’s research focuses on improving the care of people with chronic kidney disease and other noncommunicable diseases. He completed a volunteership at the World Health Organization in 2013-2014, focusing on treatment of noncommunicable diseases following natural disasters and civil conflict. During this time he also completed an MSc in Health Policy from Imperial College London.

Dr. Tonelli is chair emeritus of the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care, a past President of the Canadian Society of Nephrology, and leads the International Society of Nephrology’s global research portfolio. He was the recipient of the 2013 United States National Kidney Foundation Medal for Distinguished Service and the Kidney Foundation of Canada’s 2013 Medal for Research Excellence for changing nephrology practice in Canada and beyond.

Dr. Tonelli was elected a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2012 and named a “Highly Cited” researcher in 2015, 2016 and 2017 by Thomson-Reuters, corresponding to a rank in the top 1% by citations of all researchers worldwide. Since 2005, Dr. Tonelli has been the co-leader of a joint initiative with the Hospital Civil de Guadalajara, aimed at prevention of kidney failure in poor communities of Jalisco, Mexico.

Dr. Tonelli lives in Calgary with his wife Shannon and two teenage children.

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