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Henry Tenckhoff, MD

January 1, 1920 - March 1, 2017

Henry Tenckhoff was one of the pioneers of peritoneal dialysis. He came to Seattle in 1964 to join Fred Boen in Scribner’s group at the University of Washington and took over the peritoneal dialysis program when Boen returned to the Netherlands a few years later.

Henry is remembered for several important developments in peritoneal dialysis – the first successful indwelling peritoneal dialysis catheter in 1968 that came to be called the Tenckhoff catheter, and development of the prototype automated home peritoneal dialysis delivery system using a large stainless steel tank in 1969. This was followed in 1972 by the first automatic peritoneal dialysis system using reverse osmosis to sterilize the dialysate, providing a simple relatively continuous low cost supply of sterile pyrogen-free dialysate from tap water and sterile concentrate for the dialysis center and for the homes of patients. Henry was a very knowledgeable nephrologist and a good doctor who was sorely missed by both his patients and his colleagues when he retired.

Kindly note, a more complete obituary will appear in Peritoneal Dialysis International.

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