Professor de Francisco is Head of the Dialysis Unit and Nephrology Section at the Hospital Universitario Valdecilla, Santander, Spain, and Full Professor of Nephrology at the Faculty of Medicine at Cantabria University, Spain.
He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Cantabria, Spain, and completed his Medical Residency and Nephrology Fellowship at the Hospital Puerta de Hierro, Madrid. He was then appointed as Visiting Doctor at the University of Newcastle, UK, and then the University of Minnesota, USA.
His key interests are related to the advancements in treatment of chronic kidney disease and comorbid conditions such as metabolic bone disease, anaemia, dialysis, and kidney transplantation. He lectures widely in this field and has been an invited lecturer at numerous national and international congresses and meetings.
Professor de Francisco is an active member of several professional societies and was previously an ERA-EDTA (European Renal Association – European Dialysis and Transplant Association) Council Member and President of the Spanish Society of Nephrology.
In addition, Professor De Francisco is an executive member of the Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) Board and of the KDIGO work group that produced the KDIGO 2012 Clinical Practice Guideline for the Evaluation and Management of Chronic Kidney Disease.
He has authored or co-authored over 200 publications, including original peer review articles and book chapters, which focus on improving outcomes in patients with chronic kidney disease, anaemia, mineral metabolism, medical education, issues surrounding organ transplantation, and the impact of treatment guidelines on clinical practice.