About ASN

William E. Mitch, III, MD, FASN, Past President

ASN Biography

Dr. William E. Mitch was elected to the ASN Council in 1999 after having served on a number of ASN Committees, including the Nominations Committee, the Training Program Committee and the Program Committee.

Currently, Dr. Mitch is the Gordon A. Cain Chair in Nephrology and the Director of the Division of Nephrology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. He received his undergraduate education at Harvard College and medical school education at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Mitch served as a Medical Intern, Resident and Chief Medical Resident at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, interspersed with 2 years as a clinical research fellow at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. Sequentially, he joined the Faculties of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Emory University School of Medicine, and the University of Texas Medical Branch before joining Baylor in 2005.

Dr. Mitch’s clinical and scientific goals are to provide new methods to improve the diagnosis and treatment of metabolic consequences of chronic kidney disease. He has received several awards for his research: the Distinguished Achievement Award of the American Heart Association in 1996; the Robert Herman Award from the American Society of Nutrition in 1997; the Mary Jane Kugel Award from the JDRF in 1999; the David M. Hume Award from the National Kidney Foundation in 2001; the National Torchbearer Award from the American Kidney Fund in 2004; ASN’s John P. Peters Award in 2009; Honorary Membership in the International Society of Nephrology in 2011; and the President’s Award from SLANH in 2012. Dr. Mitch received a Merit Award from the NIH-NIDDK and has served on the NIDDK Advisory Council.

Dr. Mitch lives in Houston, TX with his wife, Alexandra F. Mitch. They have a daughter, Eleanor and a son, William A. Mitch. He and his wife are especially interested in promoting interactions with nephrologists and colleagues in Latin America.