Faculty

Dr. Sara Eastgaard

Professor

Department of Medicine

Division of Nephrology

About Me

Sara Davison is a Professor, bioethicist and health outcomes researcher in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta.  She is a nephrologist with the Northern Alberta Renal Program and heads the Kidney Supportive/Palliative Care Initiatives.  Her passion and vision for reducing the suffering of patients living with advanced chronic kidney disease is the foundation for the Kidney Supportive Care Research Group.  Her research and clinical innovation is at the forefront of kidney supportive care internationally and she is recognized as a world leader in the area.  She acts as a consultant for establishing kidney supportive/palliative care programs and co-Chairs the Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) Supportive Care Group with the aim of developing international guidelines for kidney supportive care.

Her program of research focuses on the delivery of quality supportive care for patients with advanced kidney failure.  This includes issues such as symptom management; shared decision-making and advance care planning, prognostication and illness trajectories, and the development of clinical decision aids and care pathways such as the Conservative Kidney Management Pathway.