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ASN leads the fight to prevent, treat, and cure kidney diseases throughout the world by educating health professionals and scientists, advancing research and innovation, communicating new knowledge, and advocating for the highest quality care for patients.

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Gerhard H. Giebisch, MD

November 19, 1942 - April 6, 2020

Dr. Gerhard H. Giebisch, a former ASN President, passed away in Connecticut on April 6, 2020. He was 93 years old. Born in Vienna, Austria in 1927, Dr. Giebisch graduated from the University of Vienna Faculty of Medicine in 1951 and married Ilse Giebisch a year later in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1968, he was appointed Professor and Chairman of Physiology at Yale School of Medicine, and, in 1970, he was named Sterling Professor of Physiology. From 1971 to 1972, Dr. Giebisch served as ASN President. He also served as president of the Society of General Physiologists. A world-renowned medical scientist who made numerous ground- breaking discoveries in how the kidney metabolizes sodium and potassium, Dr. Giebisch earned the distinction of being elected into the National Academy of Science and published over 400 peer-reviewed research studies. He also taught and mentored more than 75 post-doctoral fellows who pursued careers in physiology and nephrology. Dr. Giebisch was passionate about many things, especially art, history, classical music and literature. Opera, travel and mountain climbing were also very special to him. Through his integrity, kindness and generosity, he touched the lives of many people and will be deeply missed. Predeceased by his wife Ilse in 2008, Dr. Giebisch is survived by his two children, Christina Giebisch (Peter Mohrer) of Guilford, Connecticut and Robert Giebisch of Woodbridge, Connecticut (Ninrong Giebisch) and four grandchildren, Daniella and Marisa Mohrer and Allison and Daniel Giebisch. View obituary »