William Dantzler

William H. Dantzler

William H. Dantzler was born in 1935 in Mt. Holly, New Jersey.  In 1940, his family moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he received his grade school and high school education.  He earned his A.B. at Princeton University in 1957 and his M.D. at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, in 1961. While in medical school he began research under the direction of Wilbur H. Sawyer and reached the conclusion that he wanted to spend his career in basic physiological or pharmacological research. Subsequently, he earned his Ph.D. at Duke University under the direction of Bodil Schmidt-Nielsen, a distinguished comparative renal physiologist and the 48th President of the American Physiological Society.

Dr. Dantzler took his first academic position as an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacology at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, in 1964.  However, in 1968 he moved to the new College of Medicine at the University of Arizona as an associate professor and one of the three founding members of the Department of Physiology.  He became full professor in 1974 and served as Head of the Department of Physiology from September 1991 until September 2005 when he became professor emeritus.  Over his career, he received numerous awards from the medical students at the University of Arizona for his teaching, including the Graduating Class Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Basic Sciences in 1975, the Basic Sciences Educator of the Year in 1990, and the Spotlight of Excellence Award for Outstanding Teaching and Outreach to Medical Students in 1992.

Dr. Dantzler has been very active in the American Physiological Society (APS), serving on numerous committees, on various editorial boards, as the editor of the American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, and as chair of both the Renal and the Water and Electrolyte Homeostasis Sections.  He also served as councilor and treasurer of the Comparative and Evolutionary Physiology Section.  Of particular significance, Dr. Dantzler served the APS as its 66th President in 1993-1994.

Dr. Dantzler also represented the APS on the Council of Academic Societies of the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), serving as Chair of that Council in 2002-2003.  In addition, he served as President of the Association of Chairs of Departments of Physiology (ACDP) from 1999-2000.  He has received numerous awards for his service, including the Ray G. Daggs Award from the APS, the Distinguished Service Award from the AAMC, and the Distinguished Service Award from the ACDP.  He also received the Grace Award from the University of Arizona, College of Medicine for his work toward promoting gender equity.

Dr. Dantzler’s research has involved comparative renal physiology with emphasis on the renal tubular transport of organic anions and cations and amino acids, the mammalian urine concentrating mechanism, and the regulation of the glomerular filtration rate in nonmammalian vertebrates.  Although his laboratory has used many techniques, he has made particular contributions through microperfusions of renal tubules in vivo and in vitro.  He has published over 140 original refereed research papers.  For his research, Dr. Dantzler has received the August Krogh Distinguished Lectureship Award from the Comparative and Evolutionary Physiology Section of APS, the Robert W. Berliner Award for Excellence in Renal Physiology from the Renal Section of APS, and the Founders Day Award from the University of Arizona, College of Medicine.