Dr. DiBona received his undergraduate education (BA degree) at Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts and his medical education (MD cum laude degree) at Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts. He received his internal medicine training (3 years) at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and his training in nephrology and renal physiology (2 years) at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. He is certified in both internal medicine and nephrology by the American Board of Internal Medicine/Nephrology.
Following this training, Dr. DiBona joined the Department of Internal Medicine (Nephrology) at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa in 1969 and was promoted to Professor in 1975. In 1977, he was appointed Vice Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine and Chief of the Medical Service at the Iowa City VA Medical Center. His research focused on the neural control of renal function in physiologic and pathophysiological states, such as hypertension, heart failure, and cirrhosis with ascites and was supported by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Veteran's Affairs from 1972 to 2004 when he retired.
Following a sabbatical year (1979-80) at the University of Oslo (Norway) and the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) as a Fogarty International Fellow of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. DiBona developed and applied a technique for the recording of renal sympathetic nerve activity in conscious experimental animals to further define renal neural control mechanisms in health and disease.
Dr. DiBona is past president of the American Federation for Clinical Research and the American Physiological Society. He is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. He was the recipient of a Nobel Fellowship from the Nobel Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden in support of a research sabbatical at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden (1998-1999). In recognition of his contributions during this research sabbatical period, he was appointed Foreign Adjunct Professor, Karolinska Institute (winter months, 2000-2012). In 2012, he moved his Swedish base of operations to Göteborg, Sweden where he is Guest Professor in Renal Physiology, Göteborg University.
He has been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Medicine, Göteborg University, Göteborg, Sweden; the International Research Award, International Society of Hypertension; the Novartis Award for Excellence in Hypertension Research, American Heart Association and has been elected as Foreign Member, The Royal Society of Arts and Sciences in Göteborg, Göteborg, Sweden.
He has published approximately 300 articles in peer reviewed scientific journals and 40 chapters in standard and advanced textbooks of internal medicine, nephrology and renal physiology. In regard to his studies on the neural control of renal function, his publications (see below) remain the standard reference works in the field.
- DiBona, G.F. and Kopp, U.C.: The Neural Control of Renal Function. Physiol. Rev. 77:75-197, 1997 (1800 references)
- Johns, E.J. Kopp, U.C., and DiBona, G.F. Neural Control of Renal Function. Compr. Physiol. 1:737-767, 2011 (update of the above)