Walter F. Boron, MD, PhD

Headshot of Walter Boron

Dr. Boron is Distinguished University Professor and Myers/ Scarpa Professor and Chair of the Physiology & Biophysics Department at CWRU. He earned his AB in chemistry at Saint Louis University, and his MD and PhD (Physiology & Biophysics) at Washington University in St. Louis. Boron joined Yale University as a postdoctoral fellow with Emile Boulpaep in 1978, and remained there for the next 29 years, serving three terms as Chairman of the Department of Cellular & Molecular Physiology. In 2007, he returned to his hometown of Cleveland. Boron is former President of the American Physiological Society (APS) and former Secretary-General of the International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS), as well as former editor-in-chief of two journals, Physiological Reviews and Physiology.

He and Emile Boulpaep co-edit the textbooks Medical Physiology and Concise Medical Physiology. Boron developed his life-long interest in acid-base transport and intracellular-pH regulation with PhD mentors Albert Roos and Paul De Weer, and his interest in renal HCO3¯ transport with Boulpaep. His group currently focuses on three related areas: the molecular physiology of the Na+-coupled HCO3¯ transporters, molecular CO2/HCO3¯ sensors, as well as CO2 and O2 channels. Among Boron’s accolades are an honorary doctorate from Aarhus University (2014), and election to the National Academy of Medicine (2014).