Fred Wright, MD

Professor of Medicine (Nephrology) and of Cellular And Molecular Physiology

Departments & Organizations

Internal Medicine: Nephrology

Cellular & Molecular Physiology

Office of Cooperative Research


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

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

Honors & Recognition

  • Medical InvestigatorVeterans Administration (1979)

  • Established InvestigatorAmerican Heart Association (1970)

Professional Service

  • Institute of Medicine (2007 - 2009) Committee on Health Research and the Privacy of Health Information

  • Office of Provost (2006 - Present) Conflict of Interest and Conflict of Commitment

  • Yale Cancer Center (2005 - Present) Quality Assurance, Compliance and Safety (QUACS) Committee

  • Connecticut United for Research Excellence (1990 - 1999) Board of Directors

  • VA Connecticut Healthcare System (1984 - 2009) Research 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 Committee

  • Veterans Health Administration (1984 - 2007) Eligibility 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

  • National Institutes of Health (1984 - 1990) Special Study Sections

  • Veterans Health Administration (1978 - 2003) Research Advisory Group Career Development Review Committee

  • American Heart Association (1977 - 1980) Cardiovascular A Research Study Committee

  • Connecticut Heart Association (1972 - 1977) Research Committee


  • Renal Physiology Munchsmunster, Germany (1969 - 1969)

    Visiting Scientist

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Contact Info

Fred Wright, MD
Mailing Address
NephrologyVA Connecticut Healthcare System
950 Campbell Ave

West Haven, CT 06516