Neal S. Bricker Papers


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Neal S. Bricker Papers



33.2 cubic feet (26 boxes)

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Biographical history

Dr. Neal S. Bricker (1927-2015) was a pioneer in the field of renal pathophysiology. He graduated from the University of Colorado Medical School in 1949 and completed his residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York. From 1952 to 1954, he served as Chief of Renal Physiology at Fitzsimons Army Hospital in Colorado. After leaving the army, Dr. Bricker moved to Harvard University for a short time, serving as a Senior Assistant Resident at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital from 1954 to 1955, and then as an Instructor of Medicine from 1955 to 1956.

In 1956, he was recruited to work at Washington University as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and also to serve as the first Director of the Renal Division at Barnes Hospital. He was promoted to full Professor of Medicine in 1965. While at Washington University, Dr. Bricker developed the intact-nephron hypothesis which provided a framework for the logical understanding of the changes in renal function that occur in experimental models of chronic renal disease. At Washington University, Dr. Bricker helped to set up and secure funding for that institution's first dialysis unit for dialyzing chronic patients.

After leaving Washington University in 1972, Dr. Bricker directed the Nephrology Department and the Department of Internal Medicine of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Yeshiva University, New York). In 1976, he was hired at the University of Miami where he became Full Professor and Vice President of the Department of Medicine. Between 1978 and 1986, he was Professor of Medicine and Distinguished Teacher and Scholar, President of the Nephrology Center Planning Committee and of the Career Advancement Planning of the University of California. In 1986 he became part of the Loma Linda University School of Medicine as Distinguished Professor of Medicine. Dr. Bricker retired in 2010 after serving as Professor of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside for 12 years.

Dr. Bricker was active in many professional organizations. He was among the founding members of the American Society of Nephrology and was elected as the organization's first president in 1966. He was also president of the American Society for Clinical Investigation. Additionally, he was a founding member of the International Society of Nephrology. Dr. Bricker was a member of the Institute of Medicine from 1975 to 2015 and served on the board of directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine from 1970-1978.

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This collection includes 60 binders of materials used by Dr. Bricker during the creation of manuscripts for publication of his research papers, 155 research notebooks, 2 bound volumes including Dr. Bricker's reprints, and 2 grant applications.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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