Dr. Samira Bell

Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer and Consultant Nephrologist


Population Health Sciences
School of Medicine
The Mackenzie Building
Kirsty Semple Way

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+(44) 01382 383973

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Dr Samira Bell was appointed as Consultant Nephrologist at Ninewells Hospital in 2009 after completing her renal training in the West of Scotland. She is also an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer within the Population Health Sciences Division.

She obtained her medical degree (MBChB) in 1999 and MD in 2007 from the University of Glasgow.

She currently holds a NHS Research Scotland Fellowship funded by the Chief Scientists Office.

Her research interest is using data linkage in renal epidemiology. Her current areas of interest are Acute Kidney Injury and diabetes.


2013 Identification of risk factors for developing Acute Kidney Injury in patients undergoing orthopaedic surgery. NHS Tayside Clinical Governance March

Samira Bell, Charis Marwick, Peter Donnan, Peter Davey

Identification of risk factors for developing Acute Kidney Injury in patients undergoing orthopaedic surgery.  Tenovus, January 2014

Samira Bell, Tineke Rennie, Tobias Dreishulte, Charis Marwick, Peter Davey

Health Informatics Centre Innovation Grant, November 2013

Samira Bell, Charis Marwick, Peter Donnan, Peter Davey

Risk of Acute Kidney Injury following community prescription of antibiotics.  Anonymous Trust, May 2014.

Royal College of Physicians Travelling Fellowship, June 2014


Clarifying the relationship between metformin, acute kidney injury and lactic acidosis. Bell S, Soto-Pedre E, Connelly P, Livingstone S, Pearson E Nat Rev Nephrol. 2017 Dec 13;14(1):70.

Exposure to Contrast Media in the peri-operative period confers no additional risk of AKI in surgical patients Ian Zealley, Huan Wang, Peter T. Donnan, Samira Bell Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2017 Dec 9.

Collection and Determinants of Patient Reported Outcome Measures in Haemodialysis Patients in Scotland. Nimmo A, Bell S, Brunton C, Campbell J, Doyle A, MacKinnon B, Peel RK, Robertson S, Shilliday I, Spalding E, Traynor JP, Metcalfe W; Scottish Renal Registry. QJM. 2017 Sep 18.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug induced acute kidney injury in the community dwelling general population and people with chronic kidney disease: systematic review and meta-analysis. Zhang XDonnan PTBell SGuthrie B BMC Nephrol. 2017 Aug 1;18(1):256

Risk of acute kidney injury and survival in patients treated with Metformin: an observational cohort study. Bell S, Farran B, McGurnaghan S, McCrimmon RJ, Leese GP, Petrie JR, McKeigue P, Sattar N, Wild S, McKnight J, Lindsay R, Colhoun HM, Looker H. BMC Nephrol. 2017 May 19;18(1):163. doi: 10.1186/s12882-017-0579-5

Multiple socio-economic deprivation and impact on survival in patients with primary glomerulonephritis Emily P. McQuarrie, Bruce Mackinnon, Samira Bell, Stewart Fleming, Valerie McNeice, Graham Stewart, Jonathan G. Fox, Colin C. Geddes, and on behalf of the Scottish Renal Biopsy Registry Clin Kidney J sfw127 first doi:10.1093/ckj/sfw127

Management of post-operative acute kidney injury. Bell S, Ross VC, Zealley KA, Millar F, Isles C. QJM. 2016 Oct 18. pii: hcw175

Incidence and Outcomes of Acute Kidney Injury Requiring Renal Replacement Therapy: A Retrospective Cohort Study. Rennie TJ, Patton A, Dreischulte T, Bell S. Nephron. 2016;133(4):239-46

Reduction in post-operative acute kidney injury following a change in antibiotic  prophylaxis policy for orthopaedic surgery: an observational study. Heather Walker, Andrea Patton, Gwen Bayne, Charis Marwick, Jacqueline Sneddon, Peter Davey, Dilip Nathwani, Samira Bell J Antimicrob Chemother 2016Sep;71(9):2598-605

Risk of postoperative acute kidney injury in patients undergoing orthopaedic surgery-development and validation of a risk score and effect of acute kidney injury on survival: Observational cohort study Samira Bell, Friedo W Dekker, Thenmalar Vadiveloo, Charis Marwick, Harshal Deshmukh, Peter T DonnanMerel Van Diepen BMJ. 2015 Nov 11;351:h5639.

Combined use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs with diuretics and/or renin-angiotensin system inhibitors in the community increases the risk of acute kidney injury. Dreischulte T, Morales DR, Bell S, Guthrie B. Kidney Int. 2015 Aug;88(2):396-403

Improving the recognition of post-operative acute kidney injury. Trotter N, Doherty C, Tully V, Davey P, Bell S. BMJ Qual Improv Rep. 2014 Dec 16;3(1). 

Pioglitazone and bladder cancer risk: a multipopulation pooled, cumulative exposure analysis. Levin D, Bell S, Sund R, Hartikainen SA, Tuomilehto J, Pukkala E, Keskimäki I, Badrick E, Renehan AG, Buchan IE, Bowker SL, Minhas-Sandhu JK, Zafari Z, Marra C, Johnson JA, Stricker BH, Uitterlinden AG, Hofman A, Ruiter R, de Keyser CE, MacDonald TM, Wild SH, McKeigue PM, Colhoun HM; Scottish Diabetes Research Network Epidemiology Group; Diabetes and Cancer Research ConsortiumDiabetologia. 2015 Mar;58(3):493-504

Effects of peri-operative nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs on postoperative kidney function for adults with normal kidney function. Samira Bell, Charis A Marwick, Trijntje Rennie, Peter Davey Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2014. DOI:10.1002/14651858.CD011274

Acute tubulointerstitial nephritis in Scotland. Valluri A, Hetherington L, Mcquarrie E, Fleming S, Kipgen D, Geddes CC, Mackinnon B, Bell SQJM. 2015 Jul;108(7):527-32

End stage renal disease and survival in patients with diabetes: a national database linkage study. Samira Bell, Emma H. Fletcher , Inez Brady, Helen C. Looker , Daniel Levin, Nicola Joss, Jamie P Traynor, Wendy Metcalfe, Bryan Conway, Shona Livingstone, Graham Leese, Sam Philip, Sarah Wild, Nynke Halbesma, Naveed Sattar, Robert S. Lindsay, John McKnight, Donald Pearson, Helen M. Colhoun QJM. 2015 Feb;108(2):127-34.

Risk of AKI with Gentamicin as Surgical Prophylaxis. Bell S, Davey P, Nathwani D, Marwick C, Vadiveloo T, Sneddon J, Patton A, Bennie M, Fleming S, Donnan PTJ Am Soc Nephrol. 2014 Nov;25(11):2625-32

Renal artery stenosis-when to screen, what to stent? Jennings CG, Houston JG, Severn A, Bell S, Mackenzie IS, Macdonald TM Curr Atheroscler Rep. 2014 Jun;16(6):41

NSAIDs and cardiovascular risk. Bell S, Marwick CA Kidney Int. 2014 Jan;85(1):211

The effect of omega-3 fatty acids on the atherogenic lipoprotein. Phenotype in patients with nephrotic range proteinuria.  Bell S, Cooney J, Packard CJ, Caslake MJ, Deighan CJ.  Clin Nephrol. 2012 Jun;77(6):445-53

Omega-3 fatty acids improve postprandial lipaemia in patients with nephrotic range proteinuria.  Bell S, Cooney J, Packard CJ, Caslake M, Deighan CJ  Atherosclerosis. 2009 Jul;205(1):296

The Conundrum of Statins in Chronic Kidney Disease. S.Siddiqui, C.J. Deighan Scottish medical journal 2010; 55(1):30-3.

Comparison of combined urea and creatinine clearance and prediction equations as measures of residual renal function when GFR is low.  Alison Almond, Samira Siddiqui, Sue Robertson, John Norrie, Chris Isles  QJM. 2008 Aug;101(8):619-24

Development of a novel method to determine very low density lipoprotein  Kinetics. Al-Shayji IA, Gill JM, Cooney J, Siddiqui S, Caslake MJ  J Lipid Res. 2007 Jun 4

Recovery of renal function after 90 days on dialysis:  Implications for transplantation in patients with potentially reversible causes of renal failure. S.Siddiqui, M Norbury, S. Robertson, A.Almond, C. Isles  Clinical Transplantation 2008 Mar-Apr;22(2):136-40

What if I had  chronic kidney disease? Samira Siddiqui, Chris Isles Practical Cardiovascular Risk Management Volume 5, Number 2, April 2007  

The impact of the new GP contract on measurement of lipids and use of  statins in the over 80s with coronary heart disease.  Samira Siddiqui, Chris Isles, Ewan Bell, Alan Begg  Br J Cardiol 2006 Sep;13 (5)

Factors predicting outcome in a cohort of patients with atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis diagnosed by magnetic resonance imaging. S.Siddiqui, M. MacGregor, C. Glynn, G. Roditi, C. Deighan Am J Kidney Dis 2005 Dec;46(6):1065-73

Risk Factors for Restless Legs Syndrome in Chronic Haemodialysis Patients.   S.Siddiqui, D.Kavanagh, J. Traynor, M.Mak, C.Deighan, C.Geddes Nephron Clin Pract. 2005 Jul 14;101(3):c155-c160

Restless Legs bei Uramie Geddes CC, Kavanagh D, Siddiqui S.   Nephrologie fur Klinik and Praxis.  2004; 20:1-7

Restless Legs Syndrome in Dialysis Patients D. Kavanagh, S.Siddiqui, C.Geddes Am. J.Kidney Dis. 2004; 43:763-771





  • Module Lead for Epidemiology- Masters of Public Health
  • Lecture and small group teaching during 2nd Year medicine undergraduate course.
  • Postgraduate renal registrar teaching.
  • Educational Supervision.
  • Supervision of 4th year student projects.
  • Supervision of Academic FY research attachment



The paper : Bell S, Davey P, Nathwani D, Marwick C, Vadiveloo T, Sneddon J, Patton A, Bennie M, Fleming S, Donnan PT. Risk of AKI with Gentamicin as Surgical Prophylaxis. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology 2014:25, led to a change in the national orthopaedic antibiotic prophylaxis policy