William H. Dantzler

66th APS President (1993-1994)
William H. Dantzler
(b. 1935)

William H. Dantzler was installed as the 66th President of the American Physiological Society at the close of the Society's spring business meeting in New Orleans. He succeeds Stanley Schultz.

Dantzler is Professor and Head of the Department of Physiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He has long been active in the Society, having served as a member of the Membership Committee and the Committee on Committees. He has also served as Secretary and Chairman of the Renal Section, as Councillor and Chairman of the Section on Water and Electrolyte Homeostasis, and as Councillor and Treasurer of the Comparative Physiology Section.

Dantzler has played a particularly active role with the Society's publications. He is currently the editor of the American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology. He has also served three years on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Physiology and the Journal of Applied Physiology; four years as a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Physiology: Renal, Fluid and Electrolyte Physiology; and nine years as Associate Editor of the American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology.

Dantzler earned his MD degree at Columbia University and his PhD degree at Duke University, the latter under the direction of a distinguished past president of the American Physiological Society, Bodil Schmidt-Nielsen. Dantzler's career includes a number of stints as a visiting professor at the Physiologisches Institut of the University of Wurzburg in the Federal Republic of Germany and one at the Institut fur Physiologie of Innsbuck University in Austria. He has been at the University of Arizona College of Medicine since 1968 and has been a full professor since 1974.

Dantzler's research involves comparative renal physiology with particular emphasis on the renal tubular transport of organic molecules. He has been recognized at the University of Arizona College of Medicine numerous times for his teaching, most recently as Basic Sciences Educator of the Year 1990 and with the Spotlight of Excellence Award for Outstanding Teaching and Outreach to Medical Students in 1992.