Norman K. Hollenberg, MD, PhD
January 15, 2020
Dr. Norman K. Hollenberg passed away on January 15, 2020.
Dr. Hollenberg's legacy in nephrology is difficult to overstate. A specialist in hypertension, his research over a fifty-year period continually broke ground in areas such as renal circulation and the relationship between blood pressure and the regulation of sodium intake.
Born in Canada, Dr. Hollenberg studied medicine at the University of Manitoba. He also obtained a PhD in pharmacology at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.
His clinical training in nephrology was completed at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, which in 1980 merged with two other Harvard Medical School teaching hospitals to become Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Hollenberg would remain associated with Brigham and Women's for over half a century while serving as a professor of medicine and radiology at Harvard Medical School.
He initially trained under Dr. John P. Merrill, widely known as the "father of nephrology." Dr. Hollenberg's subsequent wide-ranging research placed his name at the top of the field for decades. He investigated the control of renal circulation and the connections between circulation and hypertension, diabetic kidney disease, and congestive heart failure. He examined collateral arterial vessel growth and the effect of flavanols on cardiovascular health. He was even a pioneer in the development and use of ACE inhibitors, as well as angiotensin receptor blockers.
Dr. Hollenberg is survived by his wife, Deborah; his daughter, Ilana; and his son, David.