Gerald B. Appel

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Gerald Appel
Born1947 (age 73–74)
EducationCornell University (BA)
Yeshiva University (MD)

Gerald B. Appel (born 1947) is an American medical doctor and kidney researcher known both for his celebrity patients and for his scholarly work on the renal manifestations of systemic lupus erythematosus and other diseases of the glomeruli (filters of the kidney). He has also published more than three hundred academic papers and book chapters on diseases of the glomeruli, several with his wife, Alice Sue Appel, Ph.D.

He established, at Columbia University, the first center for glomerular diseases In the United States. Appel is currently Professor of Medicine and co-Director of Clinical Nephrology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, where he also runs the Center for Glomerular Diseases. The National Kidney Foundation awarded Appel its lifetime achievement award in 2005, naming him "the foremost academic nephrologist of the past twenty-five years."[1]

Appel gained widespread recognition during the early 2000s for his role in securing a kidney transplant for the professional basketball player Alonzo Mourning and for enabling Mourning to return to the court for an NBA championship.[2] However, Appel had also treated numerous other celebrities, including a dying Charles Lindbergh in the mid-1970s and the late Chicago White Sox co-owner Eddie Einhorn at the time of that team's World Series victory in 2005[3] in additional to several high-profile political figures.

In addition to Appel's other achievements, he is an associate editor of the kidney disease section of Up To Date, a major online reference for nephrologists (kidney doctors) all over the world.

He is the father of polymath, Jacob M. Appel.


  1. ^ Kidney News, October 2005
  2. ^ Robertson, L. "Miami Heat's Mourning Has A New Teammate: Kidney Disease Expert". Miami Herald December 7, 2001. Page 4A
  3. ^ Richardson, Lynda. "Public Lives", New York Times December 4, 2003