The year 2016 marked the passing of important contributors to the renal care field, including the passing this week of known pediatric nephrologist Larry Fleischmann. He was one of the first pediatric nephrologists in the country, and provided dialysis to the first pediatric patient in Michigan. He died on Dec. 23 at the age of 79 after retiring just one year ago from the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, where he had cared for patients for nearly 50 years. This year, the hospital named its dialysis center after Dr. Fleischmann.

Others include:

Peter DeOreo, MD: He was the chief medical officer of the Centers for Dialysis Care of Cleveland. Well respected among his colleagues on clinical and policy issues, he spent most of his career at CDC.

Doug Luehmann: He was a well-known technical expert in the nephrology field, particularly in water treatment, and was a key factor in pushing for training and certification of bio-medical technicians. Some of his research provided input in developing the original Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation standards for hemodialysis devices.

George Rovengo: former president of MIQS, an EHR system in nephrology. He was involved in the founding of Gambro Healthcare and worked in Baxter’s Artificial Organs Division in the early 1970s and at Minntech/Renal Systems from the mid 1970s to the early 1990s.

Gary Toback, MD: The former interim Chief of Nephrology at UChicago was killed after being struck by a car while jogging near his home. He was a highly respected authority on kidney disease, especially in the use of renal growth factors to treat acute kidney injury.

Gerald Schulman, MD: Schulman participated in or led a number of groundbreaking studies in the Division of Nephrology at Vanderbilt School of Medicine to improve the lives of kidney patients, including studies with erythropoietin-stimulating agent therapy and angiotensin receptor blockers to prevent progression of chronic kidney disease.

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