David Metz has extensive experience in paediatric nephrology and clinical pharmacology. He achieves excellent outcomes for children by balancing the best available evidence with the individual needs of children and their families.
David: specialises in
Hypertension in childhood and adolescence
Recurrent urinary tract infection
Lower urinary tract dysfunction (day and/or night wetting), constipation
Chronic kidney disease
Investigation and management of proteinuria, haematuria and electrolyte disturbances
Nephrotic syndrome, glomerulonephritis and renal impairment
Congenital kidney and urinary tract abnormalities (e.g. renal dysplasia, hydronephrosis) and genetic renal diseases (eg cystic kidney diseases)
Medical management of kidney stones
Background and Experience
Dr David Metz is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and a specialist Paediatric Nephrologist and Clinical Pharmacologist.
David works at the Royal Children’s Hospital as a paediatric nephrologist. In addition to general nephrology, he cares for children with end-stage kidney disease through the Dialysis and Transplantation programs and is a physician on the Apheresis Service.
As a clinical pharmacologist he sits on numerous committees at the Royal Children’s Hospital involved with clinical research, and the safe and effective use of medicines in children.
David’s PhD thesis focused on improving kidney transplant outcomes through dose individualisation techniques – ‘precision medicine’. He is an internationally recognised expert in immunosuppressant pharmacology.
David has strong collaborative links with paediatric continence physiotherapists and paediatric urologists. He contributes to The Royal Children’s Hospital Clinical Practice Guidelines and the RCH Paediatric Handbook, and has written for the leading evidence-based manual for Australian clinicians, Therapeutic Guidelines. He is a member of the International Children’s Continence Society, the Australia and New Zealand Society of Nephrology, and the International Paediatric Nephrology Association.
The importance of treating the individual underpins all aspects of David’s medical practice.