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The IU School of Medicine remembers the late Dr. Vince Gattone

Feb. 6, 2014

Dear Colleagues,

It is with a heavy heart that we let you know that Vincent Gattone, M.D., passed away peacefully on Jan. 22 after suffering from cancer of the appendix.  

As you may recall, Dr. Gattone bravely shared his personal story of being given an incurable diagnosis and how he dealt with that process in an IU Medical Grand Rounds. 

Vince Gattone

Vince Gattone, M.D.

An archived version of that memorable presentation “When a Poor Prognosis is Your Own: A Medical Professor’s Journey,” is available on the IUSM Mediasite. We urge those of you who were unable to attend this presentation to take advantage of this opportunity. 

Dr. Gattone also shared his story in a series of interviews on WFYI’s "Sound Medicine," which will air a special one-hour tribute to him at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9. All of Dr. Gattone’s appearances are available for listening on the Sound Medicine website.

Dr. Gattone was a professor of anatomy and cell biology and adjunct professor of medicine in nephrology. He received his doctorate from the Medical College of Ohio in 1980, after which he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at IU in 1983 and taught at the University of Michigan and the University of Kansas. He returned to IU in 2000 as a professor to continue his research in understanding the cause of cystic kidney disease.  

In his career, Dr. Gattone developed and characterized numerous animal models that mimic the human condition of cystic disease and of chronic kidney disease. These models allowed the identification of treatment targets, most notably tolvaptan. He held multiple patents, published more than 150 publications and textbooks, and delivered multiple national and international lectures. He loved teaching anatomy and believed strongly in the need to foster young investigators.

In 2013, Dr. Gattone received the Lillian Jean Kaplan International Prize for the Advancement in the Understanding of Polycystic Kidney Disease, a prestigious honor from the International Society of Nephrology. He will be greatly missed as a friend, instructor, mentor and collaborator.

The Gattone family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Polycystic Kidney Foundation or, if preferred, to the IU Foundation in support of the Vincent Gattone Lectureship, which has been established in honor of Dr. Gattone’s love of research and teaching. The goal of the fund is to ensure that his passion for the dissemination of scientific discoveries lives on by supporting speakers in the fields of kidney disease, animal models and microscopy. 

To contribute to the Polycystic Kidney Foundation, send your contribution to 8330 Ward Parkway, Suite 510, Kansas City, MO 64114.

To contribute to the IUSM Vince Gattone Lectureship, send your contribution to IU Foundation, P.O. Box 660245, Indianapolis, IN 46266-0245. Please make memorial gifts payable to “IU Foundation” and indicate “In memory of Vincent Gattone, II” on your gift.


Bradley Allen, M.D.

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Richard C. Powell Scholar in Medical Education

Indiana University School of Medicine

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