Department of Medicine
Rita McGill is a clinical nephrologist, with interests in hemodialysis optimization, the impact of chronic kidney disease on outcomes, and living-donor kidney transplantation. Her research focuses on vascular access, which is one of the largest single determinants of clinical outcomes in hemodialysis. Secure and reliable access to the bloodstream gives patients the opportunity to integrate outpatient dialysis into a healthy lifestyle. Treatments that depend upon central venous catheters are compromised by decreased ability to clean the blood and an ever-present threat of life-threatening bloodstream infection. McGill’s work examines the impact of hospitalization and medical procedures from a patient-centered perspective. Recent work has concerned the consequences of peripheral intravenous devices and ultrasound vein mapping.
Her research has been published in Seminars in Dialysis, Hemodialysis International, the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, The Journal of Vascular Access, and the Journal of Nephrology.
McGill received an MD from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as nephrology fellowship training at its medical center. Previously, she served as a clinical instructor and research fellow at Tufts Medical Center, and she also earned an MS in clinical research from the Tufts University Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences.