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Fred Wright, MD

Professor Emeritus of Medicine

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Fred Wright, MD


In Memoriam

1937 – 2023

Fred Wright received his A.B. and M.D. degrees from the University of Michigan. He trained as a resident in Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and as a postdoctoral investigator in kidney physiology at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. At Yale his research continued to focus on the structure and function of the kidney, with an emphasis on mechanisms of ion transport by kidney tubules in health and disease. He joined the medical staff at the West Haven VA Medical Center in 1977 and continued to be involved in laboratory research and teaching of medical students and advanced trainees. His research activities have been supported by Career Development awards: the National Institutes of Health Special Fellowship award, the American Heart Association Established Investigator award, and the VA Medical Investigator award. His research projects have been funded by the Veterans Health Administration, the American Heart Association, and the National Institutes of Health. He has been a member and Chairman of the VA Health Services R&D Career Development Review Committee, and has served as the Northeastern representative on the Field Research Advisory Committee of the VA Office of Research and Development. He served in 2008-09 on the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Health Research and the Privacy of Health Information.

Education & Training

  • Research Fellow
    National Institutes of Health (National Heart Institute) (1968)
  • Resident
    Johns Hopkins Hospital (1965)
  • MD
    University of Michigan (1963)
  • BA
    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (1959)


  • Renal Physiology
    Munchsmunster, Bavaria, Germany 1969
    Visiting Scientist

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Medical InvestigatorVeterans Administration1979
Established InvestigatorAmerican Heart Association1970

Professional Service

Institute of MedicineCommittee on Health Research and the Privacy of Health Information2007 - 2009
Office of ProvostConflict of Interest and Conflict of Commitment2006 - Present
Yale Cancer CenterQuality Assurance, Compliance and Safety (QUACS) Committee2005 - Present
Connecticut United for Research ExcellenceBoard of Directors1990 - 1999
VA Connecticut Healthcare SystemResearch and Development Committee Institutional Review Board (IRB) Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Subcommittee on Research Safety Medical Staff Executive Committee Institutional Ethics Committee Radiation Safety Committee1984 - 2009
Veterans Health AdministrationEligibility Committee Appeals Committee Merit Review Council Director's Planning Council Indirect Cost Policy Group Human Research Accreditation Advisory Committee Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel on Clinical Research Centers of Excellence Review Committee Field Research Advisory Committee 1984 - 2007
National Institutes of HealthSpecial Study Sections1984 - 1990
Veterans Health AdministrationResearch Advisory Group Career Development Review Committee1978 - 2003
American Heart AssociationCardiovascular A Research Study Committee1977 - 1980
Connecticut Heart AssociationResearch Committee1972 - 1977

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