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’59 Donald G. Vidt M.D., (1929-2013) 


Dr. Vidt.jpgDONALD G. VIDT, MD, passed away peacefully on April 17, 2013. He was a resident of Laurel Lake in Hudson, Ohio where he had recently lost his beloved wife, Nancy, after 54 years of marriage. Not only a devoted husband, he was a loving father to Bradley Vidt, Stacey Lamb, and Douglas Vidt, as well as a doting grandfather to Lindsay, Kaylan, Jack, and Avery who will miss him terribly. Dr. Vidt was a graduate of Seton Hall University followed by postgraduate training in the department of physiology at Ohio State University from which he received his Master of Science degree and his doctor of medicine. Internship and residency training at University Hospitals led to an appointment as a U.S. Public Health Service fellow in metabolism and renal disease at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital (now MetroHealth). In 1964, Dr. Vidt joined the Department of Nephrology and Hypertension at the Cleveland Clinic, where he devoted 43 years to an active consulting practice in hypertension and renal disease, combined with medical education and clinical research. At the Cleveland Clinic, he established the peritoneal dialysis program and the first Physician's Assistant Program in the state of Ohio. He served on the Clinic's Board of Governors and chaired the Department of Nephrology and Hypertension. In addition to the High Blood Pressure Council of Cleveland, Dr. Vidt held leadership positions in the Heart Association of Northeastern Ohio, the Kidney Foundation of Ohio, the Ohio Blood Pressure Coordinating Council, the Renal Physician's Association, and the National Kidney Foundation. He was a past president of the Ohio Society of Internal Medicine and the American Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. He served for 12 years in the American Medical Association's House of Delegates, representing clinical pharmacology. Continuing Medical Education has represented a major focus throughout Dr. Vidt's career. He lectured extensively, organizing and presenting symposia nationally and internationally. Dr. Vidt's research interests focused primarily on the clinical development of anti hypertensive therapies, renal failure, and renovascular hypertension. He contributed more than 300 publications and book chapters to scientific literature. He was a member of numerous editorial boards and served as a reviewer for more than a dozen scientific journals. He was also a fellow of the American Heart Association Council on High Blood Pressure Research, the American College of Physicians, the American College of Cardiology, and the American College of Chest Physicians. The family will be honoring their father and grandfather's life in a private ceremony on Sanibel Island, Florida which was his winter residence. In lieu of flowers, donations in Donald Vidt's name can be made to the Laurel Lake Foundation, 200 Laurel Lake Drive, Hudson, Ohio 44236 (330-655-1424).


Posted on 30-Apr-13 by Pond, Deborah
Tags: Alumni Notes, Class of 1950 - 1959, Obituaries
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