Dr. Seldin was born in New York City. He received his BA degree from New York University and his MD from Yale University School of Medicine. His residency in Internal Medicine was at New Haven Hospital. He was appointed to the faculty at Yale from 1944 to 1951 when he was recruited to UT Southwestern Medical School. He was appointed Chairman of Internal Medicine from 1952 to 1988, at which time he became Chairman Emeritus. He continues to be active in teaching and writing.

Dr. Seldin is widely revered as one of the greatest chairs of Internal Medicine in American medical history. He has trained literally thousands of medical students and residents, and many of his students occupy high academic positions. He is considered the intellectual father of UT Southwestern Medical School.


New York University (1940)
Medical School
Yale University (1943)

Research Interest

  • Physiology and pathophysiology of the kidney


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

The Moral Dignity of John P. Peters
Seldin DW Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine 2002 75 19-22
Scientific Achievements of John P. Peters
Seldin DW Am J Nephrol 2002 22 192-196
Milestones in Nephrology
Seldin DW J Am Soc Nephrol 2000 11 1359-1362
Basolateral Na+ pump modulates apical Na+ and K+ conductances in rabbit cortical collecting ducts.
Muto; Shigeaki; Asano; Yasushi; Seldin DW; Giebisch GG Am J Physiol 1999 276 F143-F158
Renal Handling of Calcium
Seldin DW Nephron 1999 81 Suppl 1 2-7

Honors & Awards

  • Kober Medal
    Association of American Physicians (1985)
  • Commander's Award for Civilian Service
    Department of the Army (1982)
  • Francis Gilman Blake Award
    Association of American Physicians (1981)
  • Distinguished Teacher Award
    American College of Physicians (1980)
  • Robert H. Williams Distinguished Chair of Medicine Award
    Association of Professors of Medicine (1977)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American College of Physicians, Master
  • American Physiological Society
  • American Society for Clinical Investigation
  • Association of American Physicians
  • Association of Professors of Medicine