Valerie Luyckx

Valerie Luyckx, PhD

Academic Associate

Alumna 2019

Curriculum Vitae

Dr Luyckx obtained her MD degree (MBBCh) from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, an MSc in Public Health in Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a PhD in Biomedical Ethics and Law from the University of Zurich.
She completed her residency in internal medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami, and nephrology training at the Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals, Harvard Medical School. She has held faculty positions at the University of the Witwatersrand, Harvard Medical School, the University of Alberta in Edmonton Canada as Associate Professor and as a clinical professor (Assoc. Canada) at the Universitätsspital Zürich.

She is currently an associate lecturer in the Renal Division at the Brigham, and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and works as a nephrologist at the Kantonsspital Graubünden in Chur, Switzerland.

Her clinical experience includes the practice of Nephrology and Internal Medicine across a broad range of health systems, including South Africa, Malawi, Haiti, UK, USA, urban and remote Canada and Switzerland, with a focus on prevention of progression of chronic kidney disease, acute kidney injury, ICU nephrology and dialysis.

Dr Luyckx’s primary interest is in Global Heath, specifically the ethical and practical challenges of managing non-communicable diseases and kidney disease in underserved populations in resource limited environments. She is a strong global advocate for patients with kidney disease and is passionate about mentoring future leaders in nephrology globally. Her ongoing interests in Developmental Origins of Adult Disease and the renal effects of Alternative/Traditional Medicine complement her interest in the global and population health aspects of kidney disease.
She has served as a consultant for the World Health Organization working on projects relating to ethics in Health Policy and Systems Research, public health ethics, radiation safety and strengthening of research ethics committees.

She is the current Scientific Secretary of the Swiss medical Board, a body which performs independent Health Technology Assessments for Switzerland. Additionally she serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the International Society of nephrology and is a member of the Swiss Zentrale Ethikkommission (Central Ethics Committee).

Research Interest

challenges of justice, equity and moral distress relating to resource allocation and management of non-communicable diseases in resource-limited regions

Ongoing Projects

  • Moral Distress is health care providers in low resource settings.
  • African perspective of the right to health
  • Access to expensive care for NCDs in low resource settings


  • access to care
  • priority setting
  • non-communicable diseases
  • kidney disease

Editing, reviewing and consulting activities

  • Editor Text book: Brenner and Rector’s The Kidney. 11th Ed. Elsevier (Editors: A.S.L.Yu, G. Chertow, V.A. Luyckx P. Marsden, K. Skorecki, M.W. Taal)

  • Member, editorial board, Clinical Journal American Society of Nephrology

  • Member, editorial board, Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension