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Professor Suetonia Palmer

Professor

Suetonia Palmer Deputy Head of Department
Renal Physician
Rutherford Discovery Fellow 2014–2019
MB ChB, PhD, FRACP

Email suetonia.palmer@otago.ac.nz
Tel +64 3 3640 640

Twitter@SuetoniaPalmer

Professor Suetonia Palmer is a practising renal physician and Professor at the University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand. She is a Rutherford Discovery Fellow (2014-2019) and a L’Oreál For Women in Science Fellow (2013). She is the Deputy Head of Department for the Department of Medicine at the University of Otago, Christchurch. She received a Gold Medal for Research in 2018. She is a qualified physician who received her Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2006 and completed her PhD in Medicine in 2010. She received a postdoctoral fellowship to complete two years of study at study at Harvard Medical School until 2011.
 
Her work is investigating the effectiveness of therapies for improving the lives of people with kidney disease and how treatments can be delivered to address profound inequity based on ethnicity and socioeconomic opportunity. Her research methodologies include international collaborative randomized clinical trials, systematic reviews with network and conventional meta-analysis, qualitative explorations of patient and clinician experiences and perspectives, and large-scale epidemiological studies.
 
Suetonia was awarded a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship by the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2014 focusing on analytical technologies and qualitative research to improve the quality of clinical care. She is the Principal Investigator on Health Research Council grants for large trials in New Zealand and is a collaborator on global trials funded by the NHMRC in Australia.
 
She has published over 130 peer-reviewed journal papers based on her work and collaborates with academic clinicians and scientists in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Europe. She has attracted $30 million in research funding from the Health Research Council of New Zealand, the Ministry of Business and Employment, and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). She is an editor for Cochrane Kidney and Transplant and the Transplantation journal. She is the Honorary Executive Officer of the Australia and New Zealand Society of Nephrology and the Chair of the New Zealand Chapter of Nephrology. She is the Chair of the Steering Committee for the CARI Guidelines. She serves on the National Renal Advisory Board to the Ministry of Health.
 
Her core research interests and values are: helping emerging researchers, conducting high-quality clinical trials, exploring inequity through empirical research, and translating medical research into evidence-based clinical care and policy.

Roles

  • Principal Investigator, The PHOSPHATE trial
  • Principal Investigator, The TEACH-PD trial
  • Chair, Caring for Australasians with Renal Impairment (CARI) Guidelines Steering Committee
  • Honorary Executive Officer, Australia and New Zealand Society of Nephrology
  • Member, ANZDATA New Zealand Work Group
  • Member, National Renal Advisory Board
  • Editor, Cochrane Kidney and Transplant
  • Member, Māori Research Development Komiti, University of Otago, Christchurch

Professional interests

  • Equity in outcomes in treatment of kidney diseases
  • Systematic review and network/conventional meta-analysis of treatments for long-term conditions
  • Patient-centred outcomes in clinical research and as a measure of care quality
  • Randomised controlled trials of treatment effectiveness and acceptability

Recent or current students

  • Tania Huria, PhD (2015 - ) 'Created Equal' A case study investigating health system perspectives of health disparity. Funded by a Health Research Council of New Zealand Māori Research Fellowship
  • Dr Amanda Landers, PhD (2020 - ) Evaluating a model of care for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in their last year of life
  • Josie Nicholas-McAnergney, Summer Student Research 2018/2019 Ethnicity and assessment for kidney transplantation
  • Harriet Gray, Summer Student Research 2017/2018 Reporting of Māori experiences of health services in qualitative research: Systematic review and meta-synthesis
     

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Publications

Chan, S., Pascoe, E. M., Clayton, P. A., McDonald, S. P., Lim, W. H., Sypek, M. P., Palmer, S. C., … Johnson, D. W. (2019). Infection-related mortality in recipients of a kidney transplant in Australia and New Zealand: Infection-related mortality in kidney transplant recipients. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, 03200319. Advance online publication. doi: 10.2215/cjn.03200319

Saglimbene, V. M., Wong, G., Ruospo, M., Palmer, S. C., Garcia-Larsen, V., Natale, P., … Strippoli, G. F. M. (2019). Fruit and vegetable intake and mortality in adults undergoing maintenance hemodialysis. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, 14(2), 250-260. doi: 10.2215/cjn.08580718

Iannone, A., Ruospo, M., Palmer, S. C., Principi, M., Barone, M., Di Leo, A., & Strippoli, G. F. M. (2019). Systematic review with network meta-analysis: Endoscopic techniques for dysplasia surveillance in inflammatory bowel disease. Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, 50(8), 858-871. doi: 10.1111/apt.15493

Saglimbene, V. M., Wong, G., Ruospo, M., Palmer, S. C., Campbell, K., Larsen, V. G., … Strippoli, G. F. M. (2019). Dietary n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid intake and all-cause and cardiovascular mortality in adults on hemodialysis: The DIET-HD multinational cohort study. Clinical Nutrition, 38(1), 429-437. doi: 10.1016/j.clnu.2017.11.020

Walker, R. C., Tong, A., Howard, K., & Palmer, S. C. (2019). Patient expectations and experiences of remote monitoring for chronic diseases: Systematic review and thematic synthesis of qualitative studies. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 124, 78-85. doi: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2019.01.013

Journal - Research Article

Chan, S., Pascoe, E. M., Clayton, P. A., McDonald, S. P., Lim, W. H., Sypek, M. P., Palmer, S. C., … Johnson, D. W. (2019). Infection-related mortality in recipients of a kidney transplant in Australia and New Zealand: Infection-related mortality in kidney transplant recipients. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, 03200319. Advance online publication. doi: 10.2215/cjn.03200319

Walker, R. C., Tong, A., Howard, K., & Palmer, S. C. (2019). Patient expectations and experiences of remote monitoring for chronic diseases: Systematic review and thematic synthesis of qualitative studies. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 124, 78-85. doi: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2019.01.013

Saglimbene, V. M., Wong, G., Ruospo, M., Palmer, S. C., Campbell, K., Larsen, V. G., … Strippoli, G. F. M. (2019). Dietary n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid intake and all-cause and cardiovascular mortality in adults on hemodialysis: The DIET-HD multinational cohort study. Clinical Nutrition, 38(1), 429-437. doi: 10.1016/j.clnu.2017.11.020

Iannone, A., Ruospo, M., Palmer, S. C., Principi, M., Barone, M., Di Leo, A., & Strippoli, G. F. M. (2019). Systematic review with network meta-analysis: Endoscopic techniques for dysplasia surveillance in inflammatory bowel disease. Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, 50(8), 858-871. doi: 10.1111/apt.15493

Saglimbene, V. M., Wong, G., Ruospo, M., Palmer, S. C., Garcia-Larsen, V., Natale, P., … Strippoli, G. F. M. (2019). Fruit and vegetable intake and mortality in adults undergoing maintenance hemodialysis. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, 14(2), 250-260. doi: 10.2215/cjn.08580718

Bach, K. E., Kelly, J. T., Palmer, S. C., Khalesi, S., Strippoli, G. F. M., & Campbell, K. L. (2019). Healthy dietary patterns and incidence of CKD: A meta-analysis of cohort studies. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, 14(10), 1441-1449. doi: 10.2215/cjn.00530119

Saglimbene, V. M., Wong, G., van Zwieten, A., Palmer, S. C., Ruospo, M., Natale, P., … Strippoli, G. F. M. (2019). Effects of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid intake in patients with chronic kidney disease: Systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Clinical Nutrition. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.clnu.2019.02.041

Ruospo, M., Palmer, S. C., Graziano, G., Natale, P., Saglimbene, V., Petruzzi, M., … on behalf of the ORAL-D Investigators. (2019). Oral mucosal lesions and risk of all-cause and cardiovascular mortality in people treated with long-term haemodialysis: The ORAL-D multinational cohort study. PLoS ONE, 14(6), e0218684. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0218684

van Zwieten, A., Wong, G., Ruospo, M., Palmer, S. C., Teixeira-Pinto, A., Barulli, M. R., … on behalf of the COGNITIVE-HD Study Investigators. (2019). Associations of cognitive function and education level with all-cause mortality in adults on hemodialysis: Findings from the COGNITIVE-HD Study. American Journal of Kidney Diseases. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2019.03.424

Ha, J. T., Neuen, B. L., Cheng, L. P., Jun, M., Toyama, T., Gallagher, M. P., … Palmer, S. C., … Badve, S. V. (2019). Benefits and harms of oral anticoagulant therapy in chronic kidney disease: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Annals of Internal Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.7326/m19-0087

Chung, E. Y. M., Palmer, S. C., & Strippoli, G. F. M. (2019). Interventions to prevent nonmelanoma skin cancers in recipients of a solid organ transplant: Systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Transplantation, 103(6), 1206-1215. doi: 10.1097/TP.0000000000002641

Walker, R. C., Naicker, D., Kara, T., & Palmer, S. C. (2019). Parents' perspectives and experiences of kidney transplantation in children: A qualitative interview study. Journal of Renal Care. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/jorc.12292

Kelly, J. T., Warner, M. M., Conley, M., Reidlinger, D. P., Hoffmann, T., Craig, J., … Palmer, S., & Campbell, K. L. (2019). Feasibility and acceptability of telehealth coaching to promote healthy eating in chronic kidney disease: A mixed-methods process evaluation. BMJ Open, 9(1), e024551. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-024551

Pitama, S., Beckert, L., Huria, T., Palmer, S., Melbourne-Wilcox, M., Patu, M., Lacey, C., & Wilkinson, T. J. (2019). The role of social accountable medical education in addressing health inequity in Aotearoa New Zealand. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2019.1659379

Iannone, A., Giorgio, F., Russo, F., Riezzo, G., Girardi, B., Pricci, M., Palmer, S. C., … Ierardi, E. (2018). New fecal test for non-invasive Helicobacter pylori detection: A diagnostic accuracy study. World Journal of Gastroenterology, 24(27), 3021-3029. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v24.i27.3021

Walker, R. C., Morton, R. L., Palmer, S. C., Marshall, M. R., Tong, A., & Howard, K. (2018). A discrete choice study of patient preferences for dialysis modalities. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, 13(1), 100-108. doi: 10.2215/cjn.06830617

Cho, Y., Boudville, N., Palmer, S. C., Chow, J. S. F., Hawley, C. M., Jose, M. D., … Johnson, D. W. (2018). Practice of peritoneal dialysis catheter flushing in Australia and New Zealand: Multi-center cross-sectional survey. Peritoneal Dialysis International, 38(2), 98-103. doi: 10.3747/pdi.2017.00108

van Zwieten, A., Wong, G., Ruospo, M., Palmer, S. C., Barulli, M. R., Iurillo, A., … on behalf of the COGNITIVE-HD study investigators. (2018). Prevalence and patterns of cognitive impairment in adult hemodialysis patients: The COGNITIVE-HD study. Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation, 33, 1197-1206. doi: 10.1093/ndt/gfx314

Huria, T., Palmer, S., Beckert, L., Williman, J., & Pitama, S. (2018). Inequity in dialysis related practices and outcomes in Aotearoa/New Zealand: A Kaupapa Māori analysis. International Journal for Equity in Health, 17, 27. doi: 10.1186/s12939-018-0737-9

Billy, C. A., Lim, R. T., Ruospo, M., Palmer, S. C., & Strippoli, G. F. M. (2018). Corticosteroid or nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs for the treatment of acute gout: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Journal of Rheumatology, 45(1), 128-136. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.170137

Saglimbene, V., Palmer, S. C., Ruospo, M., Natale, P., Maione, A., Nicolucci, A., … on behalf of the Long-Term Impact of RAS Inhibition on Cardiorenal Outcomes (LIRICO) Investigators. (2018). The long-term impact of Renin-Angiotensin System (RAS) Inhibition on Cardiorenal Outcomes (LIRICO): A randomized, controlled trial. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1681/asn.2018040443

Palmer, S. C., Ruospo, M., Teixeira-Pinto, A., Craig, J. C., Macaskill, P., & Strippoli, G. F. M. (2018). The validity of drug effects on proteinuria, albuminuria, serum creatinine, and estimated GFR as surrogate end points for ESKD: A systematic review. American Journal of Kidney Diseases. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2018.06.011

Viecelli, A. K., Irish, A. B., Polkinghorne, K. R., Hawley, C. M., Johnson, D. W., Mori, T. A., … Palmer, S. C. (2018). Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation to prevent arteriovenous fistula and graft failure: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. American Journal of Kidney Diseases, 72(1), 50-61. doi: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2017.11.017

Natale, P., Palmer, S. C., Ruospo, M., Saglimbene, V. M., & Strippoli, G. F. M. (2018). Potassium binders for chronic hyperkalaemia in people with chronic kidney disease. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2018(11), CD013165. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD013165

Walker, R. C., Naicker, D., Kara, T., & Palmer, S. C. (2018). Children's experiences and expectations of kidney transplantation: A qualitative interview study. Nephrology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/nep.13405

Yeo, E., Palmer, S. C., Chapman, P. T., Frampton, C., & Stamp, L. K. (2018). Serum urate levels and therapy in adults treated with long-term dialysis: A retrospective cross-sectional study. Internal Medicine Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/imj.14163

Ruospo, M., Palmer, S. C., Natale, P., Craig, J. C., Vecchio, M., Elder, G. J., & Strippoli, G. F. M. (2018). Phosphate binders for preventing and treating chronic kidney disease-mineral and bone disorder (CKD-MBD) (Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 8, CD006023. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD006023.pub3

Sharma, A., Lewis, J. R., Lim, W. H., Palmer, S., Strippoli, G., Chapman, J. R., … Wong, G. (2018). Renal transplant outcomes and de novo donor-specific anti-human leukocyte antigen antibodies: A systematic review. Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/ndt/gfy077

Saglimbene, V. M., Wong, G., Craig, J. C., Ruospo, M., Palmer, S. C., Campbell, K., … Strippoli, G. F. M. (2018). The Association of Mediterranean and DASH Diets with mortality in adults on hemodialysis: The DIET-HD Multinational Cohort Study. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1681/asn.2018010008

Tunnicliffe, D. J., Palmer, S. C., Henderson, L., Masson, P., Craig, J. C., Tong, A., … Strippoli, G. F. M. (2018). Immunosuppressive treatment for proliferative lupus nephritis (Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2018(6), CD002922. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD002922.pub4

Navarese, E. P., Gurbel, P. A., Andreotti, F., Kołodziejczak, M. M., Palmer, S. C., Dias, S., … Strippoli, G. F. M. (2017). Prevention of contrast-induced acute kidney injury in patients undergoing cardiovascular procedures-a systematic review and network meta-analysis. PLoS ONE, 12(2), e0168726. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0168726

Ruospo, M., Palmer, S. C., Wong, G., Craig, J. C., Petruzzi, M., De Benedittis, M., … on behalf of the ORALD Invesigators. (2017). Periodontitis and early mortality among adults treated with hemodialysis: A multinational propensity-matched cohort study. BMC Nephrology, 18(1), 166. doi: 10.1186/s12882-017-0574-x

Puckett, J. R., Pickering, J. W., Palmer, S. C., McCall, J. L., Kluger, M. T., De Zoysa, J., Endre, Z. H., & Soop, M. (2017). Low versus standard urine output targets in patients undergoing major abdominal surgery: A randomized noninferiority trial. Annals of Surgery, 265(5), 874-881. doi: 10.1097/sla.0000000000002044

Walker, R. C., Walker, S., Morton, R. L., Tong, A., Howard, K., & Palmer, S. C. (2017). Māori patients' experiences and perspectives of chronic kidney disease: A New Zealand qualitative interview study. BMJ Open, 7(1), e013829. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013829

Palmer, S. C., Maggo, J. K., Campbell, K. L., Craig, J. C., Johnson, D. W., Sutanto, B., … Strippoli, G. F. M. (2017). Dietary interventions for adults with chronic kidney disease (Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 4, CD011998. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD011998.pub2

Saglimbene, V., Palmer, S., Scardapane, M., Craig, J. C., Ruospo, M., Natale, P., … Strippoli, G. F. M. (2017). Depression and all-cause and cardiovascular mortality in patients on haemodialysis: A multinational cohort study. Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation, 32(2), 377-384. doi: 10.1093/ndt/gfw016

Saglimbene, V., Palmer, S. C., Craig, J. C., Ruospo, M., Nicolucci, A., Tonelli, M., … for the CE-DOSE Study Investigators. (2017). Low versus high dose erythropoiesis-stimulating agents in hemodialysis patients with anemia: A randomized clinical trial. PLoS ONE, 12(3), e0172735. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0172735

Pitama, S. G., Bennett, S. T., Waitoki, W., Haitana, T. N., Valentine, H., Pahina, J., … Beckert, L., Palmer, S. C., Huria, T. M., Lacey, C. J., & McLachlan, A. (2017). A proposed hauora Māori clinical guide for psychologists: Using the Hui Process and Meihana Model in clinical assessment and formulation. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 46(3), 7-19.

Ruospo, M., Saglimbene, V. M., Palmer, S. C., De Cosmo, S., Pacilli, A., Lamacchia, O., … Strippoli, G. F. M. (2017). Glucose targets for preventing diabetic kidney disease and its progression (Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 6, CD010137. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD010137.pub2

Palmer, S. C., Tunnicliffe, D. J., Singh-Grewal, D., Mavridis, D., Tonelli, M., Johnson, D. W., … Strippoli, G. F. M. (2017). Induction and maintenance immunosuppression treatment of proliferative lupus nephritis: A network meta-analysis of randomized trials. American Journal of Kidney Diseases, 70(3), 324-336. doi: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2016.12.008

Huria, T., Palmer, S., Beckert, L., Lacey, C., & Pitama, S. (2017). Indigenous health: Designing a clinical orientation program valued by learners. BMC Medical Education, 17, 180. doi: 10.1186/s12909-017-1019-8

Saglimbene, V., Natale, P., Palmer, S., Scardapane, M., Craig, J. C., Ruospo, M., … Strippoli, G. F. M. (2017). The prevalence and correlates of low sexual functioning in women on hemodialysis: A multinational, cross-sectional study. PLoS ONE, 12(6), e0179511. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0179511

Kelly, J. T., Palmer, S. C., Wai, S. N., Ruospo, M., Carrero, J.-J., Campbell, K. L., & Strippoli, G. F. M. (2017). Healthy dietary patterns and risk of mortality and ESRD in CKD: A meta-analysis of cohort studies. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, 12(2), 272-279. doi: 10.2215/cjn.06190616

Hill, P., Cross, N. B., Barnett, A. N. R., Palmer, S. C., & Webster, A. C. (2017). Polyclonal and monoclonal antibodies for induction therapy in kidney transplant recipients (Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 1, CD004759. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD004759.pub2

Palmer, S. C., Mavridis, D., Nicolucci, A., Johnson, D. W., Tonelli, M., Craig, J. C., Maggo, J., Gray, V., … Strippoli, G. F. M. (2016). Comparison of clinical outcomes and adverse events associated with glucose-lowering drugs in patients with type 2 diabetes: A meta-analysis. JAMA, 316(3), 313-324. doi: 10.1001/jama.2016.9400

Walker, R. C., Howard, K., Tong, A., Palmer, S. C., Marshall, M. R., & Morton, R. L. (2016). The economic considerations of patients and caregivers in choice of dialysis modality. Hemodialysis International, 20(4), 634-642. doi: 10.1111/hdi.12424

Walker, R. C., Howard, K., Morton, R. L., Palmer, S. C., Marshall, M. R., & Tong, A. (2016). Patient and caregiver values, beliefs and experiences when considering home dialysis as a treatment option: A semi-structured interview study. Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation, 31(1), 133-141. doi: 10.1093/ndt/gfv330

Badve, S. V., Palmer, S. C., Hawley, C. M., Pascoe, E. M., Strippoli, G. F. M., & Johnson, D. W. (2016). Glomerular filtration rate decline as a surrogate end point in kidney disease progression trials. Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation, 31(9), 1425-1436. doi: 10.1093/ndt/gfv269

Ravani, P., Quinn, R. R., Oliver, M. J., Karsanji, D. J., James, M. T., MacRae, J. M., Palmer, S. C., & Strippoli, G. F. M. (2016). Preemptive correction of arteriovenous access stenosis: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. American Journal of Kidney Diseases, 67(3), 46-460. doi: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2015.11.013

Palmer, S. C., Ruospo, M., Wong, G., Craig, J. C., Petruzzi, M., De Benedittis, M., … on behalf of the ORALD Invesigators. (2016). Patterns of oral disease in adults with chronic kidney disease treated with hemodialysis. Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation, 31(10), 1647-1653. doi: 10.1093/ndt/gfv413

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