ASN Foundation for Kidney Research


Jared J. Grantham, MD, FACP

Jared J. Grantham, MD, FACP

Dr. Grantham was the University Distinguished Professor, Emeritus at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS. In 2000, he became the founding director of The Kidney Institute, an interdisciplinary renal research and training program comprised of 35 physician- and basic scientists drawn from seven departments.

Recognized with ASN's John P. Peters Award in 2011, his life work in nephrology fell into two major categories: defining the cellular mechanisms of salt and fluid transport across renal epithelial membranes and exploring the pathogenesis and treatment of polycystic kidney disease. The former work was recognized by ASN with the Homer Smith Award and the latter work was recognized by the International Society of Nephrology and Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation with the Lillian Jean Kaplan Prize. With Kansas City businessman Joseph Bruening, Dr. Grantham co-founded the PKD Foundation in 1982. That organization has grown to have a national and international reach that has promoted awareness and research funding directed at understanding the basis and the treatment of polycystic kidney disorders. Since its founding, the PKD Foundation has invested more than $38 million in research, clinical and scientific grants, as well as fellowships and scientific meetings, making them the second largest funder of PKD research after the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Dr. Grantham served as treasurer of ASN, and was the founding editor of The Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN). He was a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation, Association of American Physicians, American Clinical and Climatological Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science (Fellow), and International Society of Nephrology, where he served on the executive committee. He received the David Hume Award from the National Kidney Foundation, the Award of Merit from the American Heart Association, and the Jean Hamburger Award from the International Society of Nephrology. The Kidney Institute at the University of Kansas Medical Center began hosting a Jared J. Grantham Symposium on polycystic kidney disease annually in 2014.

A life-long Kansan, he graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He did his residency in internal medicine at the Kansas University Medical Center followed by a research fellowship at the National Heart Institute's laboratory of kidney and electrolyte metabolism. After his fellowship, he served as a staff investigator for three years before returning to the University of Kansas in 1969 to establish a renal research laboratory in the department of internal medicine. He became director of nephrology in 1970, a position he held for 25 years. He received continuous National Institutes of Health funding until his retirement in 2013.