Dr Afzal Chaudhry is a Consultant Nephrologist and the Director of Digital and the Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO) at Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust (CUH).
From an education perspective he is an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Medicine at the University of Cambridge and has completed a MA in Medical Education, being admitted as both FHEA and FAcadMEd.
On an informatics front Dr Chaudhry leads the CUH eHospital programme, delivering a hospital-wide HIMSS Stage 6 electronic patient record, and the Informatics component of the Population and Quantitative Science theme in the Cambridge NIHR Biomedical Research Centre. He is also an Associate Site Director for the Cambridge Health Data Research UK site.
In 2017 Dr Chaudhry was recognised as the UK ‘CCIO of the Year’; in 2018 he received a Special Recognition Award in the UK Government sponsored Public Sector Paperless Transformation Awards; and in 2019 he was recognised as both ‘CDO of the Year’ and ‘Digital Ambassador of the Year’ at the national Digital Technology Leaders Awards.
Nationally Dr Chaudhry chairs (i) the UK Renal Data Collaboration harmonising data flows from all UK renal units, and (ii) the Renal Association Clinical Data Standards Group providing oversight for the UK Renal SNOMED CT subset. He is also: (i) Vice-Chair of the PRSB (Professional Record Standards Body), (ii) a member of the steering group for the national NHS Digital Academy, (iii) a member of the UK HIMSS Advisory Council, and (iv) a member of the KLAS International Advisory Board.
Informatics related papers cover areas such as clinical data visualisations (Nephron Clin. Pract. 2011), autoimmune vasculitis (NEJM 2012), HLA matching at transplantation (Transplantation 2009, 2011, Hum. Immunol 2011, Cell Stem Cell 2012, Kidney Int. 2014) and acute kidney injury (BMC Nephrol. 2013).