Philip McFarlane




Dr. Phil McFarlane is a clinical-investigator in the Division of Nephrology at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, and an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. He is the Medical Director of Home Dialysis and the Chief Nephrologist in the Live Kidney Donor Program at St. Michael’s Hospital. He is a member of the Canadian Diabetes Association Clinical Practice Guidelines group, the Canadian Society of Nephrology guideline group, and the Canadian Hypertension Education Program. He has completed his PhD in health economics at the Institute for Medical Sciences (IMS) at the University of Toronto. His areas of research interest include health economics and outcomes research. He is currently the Provincial Medical Lead for dialysis access and home hemodialysis. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed manuscripts and three book chapters.

Recent Publications

  1. Rigatto, C, Collister, D, Granger-Vallée, A, Girard, L, Hingwala, J, Karaboyas, A et al.. Pathways for Diagnosing and Treating CKD-Associated Pruritus: A Narrative Review. Can J Kidney Health Dis. 2024;11 :20543581241238808. doi: 10.1177/20543581241238808. PubMed PMID:38680970 PubMed Central PMC11047256.
  2. Cherney, DZI, Bell, A, Girard, L, McFarlane, P, Moist, L, Nessim, SJ et al.. Management of Type 2 Diabetic Kidney Disease in 2022: A Narrative Review for Specialists and Primary Care. Can J Kidney Health Dis. 2023;10 :20543581221150556. doi: 10.1177/20543581221150556. PubMed PMID:36726361 PubMed Central PMC9884958.
  3. McFarlane, PA, Bitzan, M, Broome, C, Baran, D, Garland, J, Girard, LP et al.. Making the Correct Diagnosis in Thrombotic Microangiopathy: A Narrative Review. Can J Kidney Health Dis. 2021;8 :20543581211008707. doi: 10.1177/20543581211008707. PubMed PMID:33996107 PubMed Central PMC8072824.
  4. Fitchett, DH, Leiter, LA, Lin, P, Pickering, J, Welsh, R, Stone, J et al.. Update to Evidence-Based Secondary Prevention Strategies After Acute Coronary Syndrome. CJC Open. 2020;2 (5):402-415. doi: 10.1016/j.cjco.2020.04.002. PubMed PMID:32995726 PubMed Central PMC7499366.
  5. Rabi, DM, McBrien, KA, Sapir-Pichhadze, R, Nakhla, M, Ahmed, SB, Dumanski, SM et al.. Hypertension Canada's 2020 Comprehensive Guidelines for the Prevention, Diagnosis, Risk Assessment, and Treatment of Hypertension in Adults and Children. Can J Cardiol. 2020;36 (5):596-624. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2020.02.086. PubMed PMID:32389335 .
  6. Glavinovic, T, Kashani, M, Al-Sahlawi, M, Anderson, E, Freeman, M, Dacouris, N et al.. A Peritoneal Dialysis Access Quality Improvement Initiative: A Single-Center Experience. Perit Dial Int. 2019;39 (5):437-446. doi: 10.3747/pdi.2018.00233. PubMed PMID:31123070 .
  7. Woo, V, Connelly, K, Lin, P, McFarlane, P. The role of sodium glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT-2) inhibitors in heart failure and chronic kidney disease in type 2 diabetes. Curr Med Res Opin. 2019;35 (7):1283-1295. doi: 10.1080/03007995.2019.1576479. PubMed PMID:30767677 .
  8. Huang, SS, MacRae, J, Ross, D, Imtiaz, R, Hollingsworth, B, Nesrallah, GE et al.. Buttonhole versus Stepladder Cannulation for Home Hemodialysis: A Multicenter, Randomized, Pilot Trial. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2019;14 (3):403-410. doi: 10.2215/CJN.08310718. PubMed PMID:30659057 PubMed Central PMC6419275.
  9. Soroka, S, Alam, A, Bevilacqua, M, Girard, LP, Komenda, P, Loertscher, R et al.. Updated Canadian Expert Consensus on Assessing Risk of Disease Progression and Pharmacological Management of Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease. Can J Kidney Health Dis. 2018;5 :2054358118801589. doi: 10.1177/2054358118801589. PubMed PMID:30345064 PubMed Central PMC6187423.
  10. Nerenberg, KA, Zarnke, KB, Leung, AA, Dasgupta, K, Butalia, S, McBrien, K et al.. Hypertension Canada's 2018 Guidelines for Diagnosis, Risk Assessment, Prevention, and Treatment of Hypertension in Adults and Children. Can J Cardiol. 2018;34 (5):506-525. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2018.02.022. PubMed PMID:29731013 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Clinical Investigator, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Medical Director, Home Dialysis, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Division of Nephrology, Dept. of Medicine, University of Toronto