Belding H. Scribner Endowed Chair in Medicine
The Belding H. Scribner Endowed Chair in Medicine, which supports faculty in UW Medicine’s Division of Nephrology, was established in 1981. It is named in honor of Dr. Belding H. Scribner, the internationally recognized nephrologist who led the division from 1958 to 1982.
Born and raised in Chicago, Scribner attended medical school at Stanford and came to the UW in 1951. In 1969, he won the Gairdner Foundation Award, which honors individuals “whose work or contribution constitutes tangible achievement in the field of medical science.” He also was named to the Washington State Centennial Hall of Honor.
In 2002, Dr. Scribner shared the prestigious Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Research with Dr. Willem J. Kolf. Dr. Kolf won the award for inventing the dialysis machine; Scribner won the award for his design, in 1960, of the Scribner shunt. The shunt was a device that could be permanently installed in a patient’s arm, making long-term kidney dialysis possible. Since its creation, the device has saved the lives of thousands of people worldwide.
Dr. Scribner, who retired in 1990, created the first community dialysis unit — the Seattle Artificial Kidney Center — at Swedish Hospital, and he was an advocate for non-profit dialysis centers. He passed away in 2003 at the age of 82.
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