Professor Toby Coates AO


Clinical-scientist & renal transplant nephrologist, Royal Adelaide Hospital

Professor Toby Coates is a full-time clinician-scientist and renal transplant nephrologist, in the Central Northern Adelaide Renal and Transplantation Service at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. And Clinical Professor in Medicine at the University of Adelaide, where he completed his PhD in Transplant Immunology.

He undertook Post-Doctoral studies with Angus Thomson at the Thomas E Starzl Transplantation Institute at the University of Pittsburgh. Since 2011 he has been the Transplantation Associate Editor for the International Society of Nephrology’s journal, Kidney International.

He is currently the director of South Australia’s first (and only) Nationally Funded Centre for Islet Transplantation and is Head of Kidney and Pancreas Islet Transplantation at the Royal Adelaide Hospital since 2010. He co-established Australia’s 3rd Whole Pancreas program at Royal Adelaide Hospital in 2018 and has a strong interest in clinical and experimental islet cell transplantation.

He has over 160 peer-reviewed publications and has supervised 18 Honours and PhD students to completion within the University of Adelaide. His total research funding is over 70 million since 2013. He is the current chair of the Organ Match Strategic Governance Committee. He is the immediate past-president of the Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand.

He was made an Officer in the Order of Australia in the 2021 Queens Birthday Honours for his contribution of renal medicine, to professional medical organisations and to tertiary education.

He is married with 2 children, restores classic / vintage cars and collects antiquarian books.