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History of the Fellowship

Donald W. Seldin, M.D.

The UT Southwestern Renal Division owes its strength to its founder, Dr. Donald Seldin, one of the greatest renal physiologists of the 20th century and original co-editor of Seldin and Giebisch’s The Kidney. Dr. Seldin built the medical school up from its humble beginnings when he became the Chairman of the Department of Medicine in 1952. In 1955-56, he established the Division of Metabolism and its training program. It would later become the Division of Nephrology as the discipline matured. Dr. Seldin was able to recruit some of the best minds into the fellowship, many of whom went on to become leaders in the world of nephrology. Our catalog below of Distinguished Alumni attests to this heritage.  Find a more detailed account of the career of this giant in the field of medicine in this video.

Distinguished Nephrology Alumni

Past UT Southwestern nephrology fellows have gone on to lead renal divisions, chair medicine departments, and become deans of medical schools. What follows is a catalogue of some of the professional achievements of our alumni.

  • 1950s

    The 1950s

    Robert J. Cade | Professor, University of Florida School of Medicine Division of Nephrology, Inventor of Gatorade | 1956

    Jean Wilson | Professor, UTSW, Member of Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences | 1957

    Norman W. Carter Professor, UTSW Division of Nephrology | 1957

    James R. Clapp | Professor, Founding Faculty Member in the Division of Nephrology, Duke School of Medicine | 1959

    Albert D. Roberts | Professor, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, UTSW | 1959

  • 1960s

    The 1960s

    Carl M. Goldsmith | Professor, Chief of Clinical Nephrology, Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami School of Medicine | 1960

    EPM Bhattathiri | Professor, Medical Biochemistry Department Head, University of Nigeria College of Medicine | 1960

    Hiroshi Sakakida | Professor, Chairman of Medicine, Kyoto Medical School | 1961

    Herbert A. Bloomer | Professor, Associate Chief of Staff for Research, Section Chief, Division of Kidney Disease VA Hospital, University of Utah College of Medicine | 1961

    J. Manuel Arias | Professor, Associate Dean, University of Guatemala School of Medicine | 1961

    Felix Brunner | Professor, Division Chief, University of Basel Division of Nephrology | 1963

    Wadi Suki | Professor, Chief of Nephrology, Baylor College of Medicine, President of ASN | 1963

    Murray L. Levin | Professor, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine | 1964

    Garabed Eknoyan | Professor, Baylor College of Medicine Division of Nephrology, President of NKF | 1964

    William Falls | Professor, Chief of Renal Section, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth | 1964

    Anslem Frick | Professor, Department of Physiology, University of Munich | 1965

    Anders Jonsson | Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Ryhov Hospital | 1965

    Robert Kunau | Professor, Division of Nephrology, UTHSC San Antonio | 1965

    David Campion | Associate Professor of Medicine and Neurology, UCLA | 1965

    Manuel Martinez-Maldanado | Professor, Member of Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, President of the Ponce School of Medicine, Executive Vice President for Research at the University of Louisville, Published Poet | 1966

    Fredric Coe | Professor, Division Chief, University of Chicago School of Medicine Nephrology Division, Founder of U of C Kidney Stone Evaluation and Treatment Program | 1967

    Neil A. Kutzman | Professor, Chairman of Medicine, Texas Tech University School of Medicine, President of NKF | 1967

    Jose L. Rodicio | Professor, Nephrology Division Chief, University of Madrid, President of the Spanish Society of Nephrology | 1967

    Jay Stein | Professor, Vice President and Vice Provost for Health Affairs, University of Rochester | 1967

    Murray Katz | Professor, Director of Research Southern Arizona VA, University of Arizona College of Medicine | 1968

    Henry Mandin | Professor, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education, University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine | 1968

    Gerard E. Plante | Professor, Chief of Nephrology, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke, Canada | 1968

    Michael Bailie | Professor, Vice-Dean and Chairman of Pediatrics, University of Illinois School of Medicine, President of American Society of Pediatric Nephrology | 1968

    Roland C. Blantz | Professor, Chief of Nephrology, University of California San Diego, President of ASN | 1969

    Jaime Herrera-Acosta | Department of Nephrology, Instituto Nacional de Cardiología, Mexico | 1969

    Vittorio Andreucci | Professor, Naples University, President, European Renal Association–European Dialysis and Transplantation Association (ERA–EDTA), President, Italian Society of Nephrology | 1969

  • 1970s

    The 1970s

    Donald A. Leeber | Professor, Nephrology Division Chief, Main Medical Center | 1970

    Jose Antonio Rocha Gontijo | Professor, Director of the School of Medical Sciences, State University of Campinas, Brazil | 1970

    Masashi Imai | Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Jichi Medical School | 1970

    Satoshi Kawamura | Professor, Nihon University School of Medicine | 1972

    Thomas F. Parker, III | Chief Medical Officer, Renal Ventures Management | 1972

    Antonio Tzamaloukas | Professor, University of New Mexico School of Medicine | 1973

    Owen Holland | Professor, Director of Hypertension Service, University of Texas Medical Branch | 1973

    John R. Higgins | Professor, Chairman of Medicine, Texas Tech Amarillo, Regional Chief of Staff of the Southern Region of Veterans Affairs | 1973

    Harry Jacobson | Professor, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs at Vanderbilt University and CEO of Vanderbilt Medical Center | 1974

    Ronald Hogg | Professor, Chief of Pediatric Nephrology, Texas A & M Health Science Center | 1974

    Thomas Dubose | Professor, Chairman of Medicine, Wake Forest University Health Sciences, President of ASN | 1975

    John Stokes | Professor, Executive Vice Chair of Medicine, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine | 1975

    Eiji Higashihara | Professor, Department of Urology, Kyorin University School of Medicine | 1976

    Khashyar Sakhaee | Professor, Division Chief of Mineral Metabolism, Clinical Director, Center for Mineral Metabolism and Clinical Research, UTSW | 1977

    Charles Wingo | Professor, Chief of Staff for Research, Gainesville VAMC, University of Florida College of Medicine | 1978

    Christer Holberg | Professor, Chief of Pediatrics, Nephrology, and Transplantation Children's Hospital University Helsinki | 1978

    L. Lee Hamm, III | Professor, Senior Vice President & Dean, School of Medicine, Tulane School of Medicine | 1979

  • 1980s

    The 1980s

    David Ludwin | Professor, Associate Dean of Research, Faculty of Health Sciences McMaster University | 1980

    Dennis Stone | Professor of Physiology and Biochemistry, Vice President for Technology Development, UTSW | 1980

    Thomas O. Daniel | Professor of Medicine and Cell Biology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, President of Global Research and Early Development, Celgene Corporation | 1981

    Donald Maloney | Professor, Center for Clinical Research and Evidence-Based Medicine, UT Health Science Center Houston | 1981

    Robert Toto | Professor, Associate Dean of Clinical and Translational Research, UTSW | 1982

    Matthew Breyer | Professor, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Chief Scientific Officer for Biotherapeutics Discovery Research, Eli Lilly | 1982

    Victor L. Schuster | Professor, Senior Vice-Dean, Albert Einstein College of Medicine | 1982

    Julia Breyer Lewis | Professor, Vanderbilt University Medical Center | 1983

    Hector Cordova | Chief, Renal Section at Department of Veterans Affairs Caribbean Healthcare System | 1984

    Sharma Prabhakar | Professor of Medicine and Physiology, Vice Chair, Texas Tech University Health Science Center | 1985

    Orson Moe | Professor, Nephrology Division Chief, UTSW | 1987

    Alberto Tejedor | Professor, Department of Medicine at the Complutense University of Madrid | 1987

    Miguel A. Vazquez | Professor, Clinical Director of Nephology Division, UTSW | 1988

    Biff Palmer | Professor, Kenneth I. Shine Academy of Health Science Education Member, UTSW | 1988

    Horie Shigeo | Professor, Chairman of Urology, Juntendo University School of Medicine | 1988

  • 1990s

    The 1990s

    David Tovbin | Professor, Head of the Department of Nephrology, Ha-Emek Medical Center, Israel | 1990

    Mohanram Narayanan | Associate Professor, Director, Division of Nephrology, Texas A&M Health Science Center | 1990

    Rajiv Agarwal | Professor, Indiana University School of Medicine | 1991

    Harold A. Franch | Professor, Director, Emory Kidney Stone Prevention Clinic, Atlanta VA Medical Center, Emory School of Medicine | 1991

    Joel Melnick | Vice President, Clinical Research and Development, OPKO Health (Pharma) | 1991

    Yasuyoshi Yamaji | Professor, Chief of Nephrology, Saitama Social Insurance Hospital, Japan| 1991

    Luis Limchiu | Training Officer, National Kidney & Transplant Institute, Philippines | 1991

    Kazutomo Ujiie | Department of Internal Medicine, Nakano General Hospital | 1991

    Morimasa Amemiya | Professor, Jichi Medical School, Tochigi, Japan | 1992

    Nasimul Ahsan | Professor, Chief of Medicine, Fayetteville VA Medical Center | 1992

    Kenichiro Kitamura | Professor, Chairman, Third Department of Internal Medicine, University of Yamanashi, Japan | 1993

    Tzong-Shinn Chu | Professor, National Taiwan University Hospital | 1993

    Osamu Nakashima | Professor, Second Department of Internal Medicine, Tokyo Medical and Dental University | 1994

    Jeffrey Penfield | Associate Professor, Division of Nephrology, Dallas VA Medical Center, UTSW | 1994

    Hirohiko Tsuganezawa | Professor, Keio University School of Medicine, Japan | 1994

    Patrice Max Ambuehl | Professor, Head of the Department of Nephrology, Waid City Hospital, University of Zurich | 1995

    Yan Peng | Associate Professor, Pathology, UTSW | 1995

    Yukimasa Kohda | Department of Nephrology, Graduate School of Faculty of Life Science, Kumamoto University, Japan | 1996

    Huamin Wang | Professor, Department of Pathology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center | 1996

    Kamel Laghmani | Scientist, French Institute of Health and Medical Research | 1997

    Seiji Aruga | Department of Urology, University of Tokyo | 1997

    Henry Quinones | Professor, Division of Nephrology, UTSW | 1998

    Ming Chang Hu | Associate Professor, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, UTSW | 1999

    Christopher Licht | Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto | 1999

  • 2000s

    The 2000s

    Nilum Rajora | Professor, Division of Nephrology, UTSW | 2003

    Vishal D. Patel | Associate Professor, Division of Nephrology, UTSW | 2004

    Olivier Bonny | Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Lausanne | 2005

    Aylin Rodan | Associate Professor, University of Utah | 2008

    Daniel Fuster | Associate Professor, University Hospital of Bern | 2006

    Valeriu Cebotaru | Assistant Professor, Division of Nephrology, University of Maryland | 2009

    Joseph Berger | Associate Professor, Division of Nephrology, UTSW | 2009

  • 2010s

    The 2010s

    Nishank Jain | Assistant Professor, University of Kansas Medical Center | 2011

    Lama Noureddine | Assistant Professor, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine | 2011

    Michael Concepcion | Assistant Professor, Division of Nephrology, UTSW | 2012

    Peter Van Buren | Associate Professor, Division of Nephrology, UTSW | 2012

    Jiten Patel | Assistant Professor, Division of Nephrology, UTSW | 2014

    Javier Neyra | Assistant Professor, Division of Nephrology, University of Kentucky Medical Center | 2016

    Ronak Lakhia | Assistant Professor, Division of Nephrology, UTSW | 2016

    Payaswini Vasanth | Assistant Professor, Emory University | 2016

    L. Parker Gregg | Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine | 2017

    Lee Anderson | Assistant Professor, UTSW | 2019

    Rula Abdulrahman | Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University Hospital | 2019

    Kiran Khan | Assistant Professor, Division of Nephrology, UTSW | 2019

    Gerard Martins | Assistant Professor, Division of Nephrology, UTSW | 2019