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Jared Grantham, MD

Jared James Grantham was born on May 19, 1936 in Dodge City, Kansas. He was salutatorian in the Stanton County Community High School graduating class of 1954. He attended Baker University for pre-medical studies, graduating in 1958 with majors in biology and chemistry.

He entered the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1958, graduating in 1962. This was followed by two years of residency in Internal Medicine, and a fellowship in Nephrology research at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. In 1969, Grantham returned to the University of Kansas School of Medicine to join the Department of Internal Medicine, and in 1970 became Director of the Division of Nephrology. For the next 25 years he led the division of Nephrology, conducted NIH-supported laboratory investigation, and specialized in the treatment of patients with polycystic kidney disease.

In 1982, Grantham joined with Joseph Breuning, a Kansas City businessman, to create the Polycystic Kidney Research Foundation as a means to increase awareness of PKD and stimulate more research. From 1982 until 1990 Grantham served as Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board and from 1990 until 1998 as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. During his term with the Foundation, the annual grant portfolio for polycystic kidney research at the National Institutes of Health grew from less than $100,000 to more than $5,000,000 per year. In addition, the Foundation raised more than $1,000,000 per year from private donors to fund startup grants for new investigators entering the field.

At the University of Kansas Medical Center, Grantham was promoted to Associate Professor of Medicine in 1972 and to full Professor in 1975. He was appointed University Distinguished Professor in 1996. In 2000 he became the first Director of the Kidney Institute at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Grantham is a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, the American Clinical and Climatological Association, the American Physiological Association and is a Fellow of the American College of Phyicians. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

He has received awards including the Dolph Simons-Higuchi Award in Biomedical Sciences (University of Kansas), the Scientific Councils' Distinguished Achievement Award (American Heart Association), the Award of Merit (American Heart Association), the Distinguished Medical Alumnus Award (University of Kansas School of Medicine), the Homer W. Smith Award (New York Heart Association and American Society of Nephrology), the Laureate Award (American College of Physicians), the Chancellor's Club Research Award (University of Kansas), the President's Medal Award (American Society of Nephrology), the Jared J Grantham Distinguished Service Award (Polycystic Kidney Research Foundation), the David Hume Award (National Kidney Foundation), the Distinguished Alumnus Award (Baker University) and the Lillian Kaplan Prize for Research of PKD (International Society of Nephrology).

In his spare time, when not entertaining his 10 grandchildren or traveling with Carol, his wife of 45 years, Grantham sings in the church choir, performs occasional vocal solos, and indulges in his newest passion, writing children’s stories. His first book, Ashley and the Mooncorn People, done in collaboration with illustrator Craig Lueck, was published in 2002, and has been warmly received by children throughout the USA. He continues the delightful story in his second book, Ashley and the Dollmaker.