Vernon S. Bishop

62nd APS President (1989-1990)
Vernon S. Bishop
(b. 1935)

The sixty-second president of the American Physiological Society is Vernon S. Bishop, who was installed at the close of the Society's Spring Meeting in New Orleans.

Bishop, a medical educator and cardiovascular researcher at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, succeeded Aubrey E. Taylor as president of the nation's oldest biomedical sciences society.

Although a member of the Society for 21 years, Bishop's involvement in APS affairs was largely contained to activities of the editorial board of the American Journal of Physiology until 1984 when he was elected secretary of the Neural Control and Autonomic Section, which in subsequent years he served as the section's treasurer and chairman of the Cardiovascular Section. In 1987 Bishop was elected by the membership to the APS Council and was elected president-elect the following year.

Vernon Spilman Bishop, 53, has never moved far from his roots of Kansas, Texas, and Mississippi. He was born in McPherson, KS, and grew up in College Station, TX, and Grenada, MS. Both his baccalaureate and doctorate degrees are from Mississippi institutions and his Masters degree is from the University of Kansas. With the exception of brief stints in California, his career path has led to Texas institutions. As a result he is the first from a Texas institution to serve as president of the 103-year-old Society.

Bishop received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics from Mississippi College in 1958 and was awarded an Atomic Energy Commission Fellowship to pursue a Master's of Science Degree in radiation biophysics at the University of Kansas, where he graduated in 1960 and elected to Phi Beta Kappa. The following year he served as an assistant professor of nuclear engineering at Texas A&M University.

In 1961 Bishop entered Arthur C. Guyton's graduate program in physiology and biophysics at the University of Mississippi Medical Sciences Center where in 1964 he earned a doctorate degree. In graduate program with Bishop was Aubrey Taylor, who also earned his doctorate that same year.

Upon graduation, Bishop returned to his previous post at Texas A&M for a year before going to the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of California Medical School in San Francisco to continue his training in cardiovascular physiology as a postdoctoral fellow.

From there he returned to Texas, this time to the biodynamics section of the School of Aviation Medicine at Brooks Air Force Base where he investigated the effects of gravity on cardiovascular function.

In 1968 Bishop was appointed associate professor of pharmacology at the San Antonio Health Sciences Center where he has been active in his research as well as in medical and graduate education. Among his major appointments at the center have been the chairmanships of the medical curriculum review committee, graduate studies committee, medical school faculty assembly, and the graduate faculty assembly. In 1973 he was promoted to professor.

Bishop's interest in cardiovascular regulation stems from Guyton's laboratory where, as a student, Bishop was one of the first investigators to study the cardiovascular system in conscious animals. His work in this field since that time has led him to a variety of activities with the American Heart Association and its Texas affiliate and San Antonio chapter.

In addition to his responsibilities as president, Bishop will continue to serve the American Journal of Physiology: Heart and Circulatory Physiology as editor and AJP: Endocrinology & Metabolism as a member of the editorial board.