PKD Foundation co-Founder Jared J. Grantham, MD, passed away Sunday, Jan. 22 at 80 years old, the charity announced Jan. 24. He had been undergoing treatment for cancer.

Grantham and Joseph Bruening founded the PKD Foundation in 1982, with a vision to find treatments and a cure for polycystic kidney disease.

Grantham graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and did his residency in internal medicine at the Kansas University Medical Center (KUMC). He also did a research fellowship at the National Heart Institute’s laboratory of kidney and electrolyte metabolism. Grantham became an assistant professor of medicine at KUMC in 1969. He served as Director of the Division of Nephrology from 1970 to 1995.

In 1989, Grantham founded and served as the first Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. He also served as Program Chairman of ASN in 1985 and was a member of the Council for 10 years. From 1988–1989, he served as Secretary-Treasurer of ASN.

Memorial services will be held at Indian Heights United Methodist Church at 10211 Nall Ave, Overland Park KS 66207. Visitation services will be on Friday, Jan. 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and a Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, Grantham’s family is accepting donations to the PKD Foundation to continue to advance his vision.

To see more information on Grantham, and share a memory, visit the PKD Foundation website.