Roland Blantz

Roland C. Blantz
May 11, 1940–October 29, 2017

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Born and raised in Portland Oregon, Dr. Roland Blantz left to attend Johns Hopkins University where he received his A.B. and M.D. degrees. After completing internal medicine training at the University of Colorado Medical Center, Denver and a stint in the Air Force, he continued his studies with a clinical and research fellowship in Nephrology and Metabolism with Drs. Floyd Rector and Donald Seldin at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, TX. In 1972, he was recruited to the faculty of the UC San Diego, School of Medicine and in 1980, he was promoted to Full Professor of Medicine and by 1988, Roland Blantz was Head of the Division of Nephrology‐Hypertension. He represented Physiology on the Faculty of Basic Biomedical Sciences, was a Member of the UCSD Bioengineering Institute and served as Chairman of the Faculty of the School of Medicine (1981 – 1983). He served as Associate Editor of American Journal of Physiology: Renal, the Journal of Clinical Investigation and is currently, a co‐editor of Current Opinions in Nephrology‐Hypertension. He is an elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation, Association of American Physicians and the American Clinical and Climatological Association. He is a past President of the American Society of Nephrology and the Council of American Kidney Societies and served as Chairman of the External Advisory Committee of the NIH HEMO Trial. He received the Donald B. Seldin Distinguished Professor award from the NKF (2005), the William S. Middleton award for Research Excellence from the Veterans Administration (2006), and the John P. Peters award of the American Society of Nephrology (2010). Currently, he is a member of the Pathobiology of Kidney Disease study section of NIH and an elected Council member of the International Society of Nephrology.

Roland Blantz stepped down as Head of the Division of Nephrology‐Hypertension in 2013, but continues his work with national and international organizations. He remains active in his research which focuses on glomerular and tubular physiology in the kidney, the pathophysiology of kidney functions including, metabolism regulation, renal hemodynamics, and fibrosis and cell proliferation in models of chronic kidney disease.