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Registration & Memberships

Registration and licensing

  • Registered with GMC (4543196)

Memberships and associations

  • Renal Association
  • European Renal Association
  • European Association of Urology

Dr Shabbir Moochhala

Consultant Nephrologist


Dr Shabbir Moochhala is a consultant Nephrologist and Physician at the Royal Free Hospital. He has six years experience of consultant practice at the Royal Free covering all aspects of nephrology, including acute kidney injury, glomerulonephritis, hypertension, transplantation and all forms of dialysis.

Dr Moochhala is one of very few nephrologists in specialist centres who also maintains a general medical practice.  This means that he is consulted by patients with a wide variety of medical and kidney problems. Dr Moochhala also sees patients with multi-system problems or where the specialty is unclear. He always try to address all of his patients’ medical issues and not just the kidney ones.

He has specialist expertise in the metabolic evaluation of recurrent kidney stone formers and runs the largest medical renal stone clinic in the UK, based at the Royal Free. Dr Moochhala can help patients who form stones by using specialised medical tests to find out the cause, which can then allow preventative treatments.

He specialises in the diagnosis and management of rare stone-forming conditions, renal tubular and electrolyte disorders, hypertensive disorders and Fabry disease, and performs ultrasound-guided native renal biopsies, Dr Moochhala is a trainer for this procedure.



Special interests:

Renal stones, fluid and electrolyte disorders, general nephrology

Procedures offered:

Ultrasound-guided percutaneous native renal biopsy (M1380)

Clinical Interests:

All aspects of nephrology and general medicine


Kidney stone formers

Rare kidney diseases

Renal tubular disease

Fabry nephropathy

Diagnostic kidney biopsy

Research interests:

Dr Moochhala’s PhD research focused on the mechanisms of formation of calcium renal stones. Since then, he has published scientific papers, participated in interventional clinical trials, led teams collecting physiological and genetic information from patients with their consent, collaborated with leading kidney stone research groups internationally, set up a national stone disease registry, and organised national information days for patients and their families.

Published papers:
  • Shavit L, Chen L, Ahmed F, Ferraro PM, Moochhala S, Walsh SB, Unwin R. Selective screening for distal renal tubular acidosis in recurrent kidney stone formers: initial experience and comparison of the simultaneous furosemide and fludrocortisone test with the short ammonium chloride test. Nephrol Dial Transplant (2016) doi: 10.1093/ndt/gfv423 First published online: March 8, 2016.
  • Oliver, K. V., Matjiu, F., Davey, C., Moochhala, S., Unwin, R. J., & Rich, P. R. Attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy as a bedside diagnostic tool for detecting renal disease biomarkers in fresh urine samples. Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging – Proceedings of SPIE (2015) 9332.
  • Shavit, L., Girfoglio, D., Vijay, V., Goldsmith, D., Ferraro, P. M., Moochhala, S. H., & Unwin, R. Vascular Calcification and Bone Mineral Density in Recurrent Kidney Stone Formers. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. (2015) 10: 278-285.
  • Shavit, L., Ferraro, P. M., Johri, N., Robertson, W., Walsh, S. B., Moochhala, S., & Unwin, R. Effect of being overweight on urinary metabolic risk factors for kidney stone formation. Nephrol Dial Transplant (2015) 30: 607-613.
  • Moochhala SH (2012). Extracellular pyrophosphate in the kidney: How does it get there and what does it do? Nephron Physiol 120, 33-38.
  • Sayer JA, Moochhala SH, Thomas DJ (2010). The medical management of urolithiasis. Br J Med Surg Urol 3, 87-95.
  • Carr G, Moochhala SH, Eley L, Vandewalle A, Simmons NL, Sayer JA (2009). The pyrophosphate transporter ANKH is expressed in kidney and bone cells and colocalises to the primary cilium / basal body complex. Cell Physiol Biochem 24, 595-604.
  • Eley L, Moochhala SH, Simms R, Hildebrandt F, Sayer JA (2008). Nephrocystin-1 interacts directly with Ack1 and is expressed in human collecting duct. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 371 (4), 877-82.
  • Moochhala SH, Sayer JA, Carr G, Simmons NL (2008). Renal calcium stones: insights from the control of bone mineralization. Exp Physiol 93 (1), 43-9.


Book chapters

  • Moochhala S, Unwin R. Electrolytes and acid–base: common fluid and electrolyte disorders. Medicine (Elsevier) July 2015, Volume 43, Issue 7, Pages 374–380.
  • Moochhala SH, Unwin RJ (2014). Renal Stone Disease. In: Practical Nephrology, pub by Springer. Chapter 36, pp. 413-428. ISBN 978-1-4471-5546-1

•          Sayer JA, Carr G, Moochhala SH, Simmons NL (2008). Pyrophosphate Transport and Stones. In: Proc 2nd Intl Urolithiasis Res Symp, Eds. Evan AP, Lingeman JE, McAteer JA, Williams JC. Pub. by Amer. Institute of Physics, Melville, NY, pp. 71-80.

Dr Shabbir Moochhala, Consultant Nephrologist, is available for consultations at the Royal Free and Hadley Wood Hospital.