San Antonio (Nov. 22, 2006) – William L. Henrich, M.D., M.A.C.P., dean of the School of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, was installed Nov. 19 as president of the 9,500-member American Society of Nephrology.
His presidency began during Renal Week 2006, the Society’s annual scientific meetings, held this year in San Diego, Calif.
Dr. Henrich is a widely respected scientist whose research interests include hemodynamics on dialysis, analgesic-related kidney dysfunction and hypertension. He is the author of more than 200 scientific publications.
He served as the Society’s president-elect in 2005-2006 after four years as a Society councilor, and has been a member of this professional organization for 24 years.
Dr. Henrich joined the Health Science Center in March 2006 from The University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, where he was chair of medicine and held an endowed professorship. He also was physician-in-chief at The University of Maryland Medical Center.
The American Society of Nephrology was established in 1967 to promote the study and practice of nephrology, the branch of medicine related to the kidneys and conditions affecting them.
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is the leading research institution in South Texas and one of the major health sciences universities in the world. With an operating budget of $500 million, the Health Science Center is the chief catalyst for the $14 billion biosciences and health care industry, the leading sector in San Antonio’s economy. The Health Science Center has had an estimated $34 billion impact on the region since inception and has expanded to six campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. More than 22,000 graduates (physicians, dentists, nurses, scientists and allied health professionals) serve in their fields, including many in Texas. Health Science Center faculty are international leaders in cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, aging, stroke prevention, kidney disease, orthopaedics, research imaging, transplant surgery, psychiatry and clinical neurosciences, pain management, genetics, nursing, allied health, dentistry and many other fields. For more information, click onwww.uthscsa.edu.