Dr. H. William (Bill) Schnaper, 1950-2020

Dr. Bill SchnaperH. William (Bill) Schnaper, Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Pediatrics at Lurie Children’s Hospital, died Nov. 19, 2020, at the age of 70. He was the Irene Heinz Given and John LaPorte Given Research Professor in Pediatrics at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Dr. Schnaper served on the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Pediatric Nephrology Subboard for 20 years. During his tenure, he rose to chair the subboard and then served as medical editor for the past 13 years. He had planned to retire from the subboard at the end of 2020. 

“Bill was a dear colleague, friend, and mentor to many,” said David G. Nichols, MD, MBA, ABP President and CEO. “He took his role with the subboard very seriously and considered it an honor to serve the ABP. He will be missed by the ABP and his colleagues.” 

A native of Baltimore, MD, Dr. Schnaper received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University and his medical degree from the University of Maryland. He was resident and chief resident at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. After completing a fellowship in pediatric nephrology at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, he joined the school’s faculty. Later he conducted research at the National Institutes of Health for four years before joining the faculty at Northwestern University in 1994, where he assumed numerous leadership responsibilities. 

Through the years, Dr. Schnaper served on and chaired at least 23 NIH and other scientific organization grant reviews committees. He volunteered many hours and held numerous leadership positions in the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology (ASPN), including president, and received the ASPN Founder’s Award in 2018 for lifetime achievement and contributions to the field of Pediatric Nephrology, the organization’s highest honor. In addition, he cofounded the Council of Pediatric Subspecialties (CoPS).

For more information about his memorial and donations, please see Dr. Schnaper’s obituary.