Friday, January 7, 2011

In memoriam: Michael Linshaw, MD



Michael Linshaw, MD, a pediatric nephrologist for MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), died Dec. 31 at his home in Newton. Linshaw, who worked at MGHfC for more than a decade, was 70 years old.

“Dr. Linshaw was an extraordinary teacher, an exceptional care provider and a wonderful, compassionate person,” says Ronald Kleinman, MD, MGHfC physician-in-chief. “We are all the better for being afforded the opportunity and good fortune to have worked with him.”

“He was a thorough and talented caregiver with tremendous clinical experience,” adds Harald Jueppner, MD, chief of Pediatric Nephrology. “He was known to always go the extra mile for his patients.”

Linshaw was born Dec. 4, 1940, and grew up in Elkins Park, Pa. He received his undergraduate degree from Franklin and Marshall College and his medical degree from Hahnemann Medical College. After completing his residency in pediatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital and his nephrology fellowship at Saint Christopher’s Hospital, Linshaw served for two years as a major in the U.S. Army, practicing pediatrics at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital. He then took an additional research fellowship at Cornell University.

In 1975, he began his academic career at the University of Kansas, where he conducted research and eventually became chief of the department. He later served as chief of Pediatric Nephrology at the University of Connecticut Health Center and at Tufts-New England Medical Center before joining MGHfC in 2000. 

“Our father felt very fortunate to have had such a successful career and to have been able to dedicate his life to helping children,” says Charles Linshaw, one of his three sons. “He truly loved the people he worked with at Mass General, and some of the happiest years of his career were spent there.”

Linshaw is survived by his wife, Diane, and sons Charles, Andrew and David. A memorial service was held in his honor Jan. 5 in the
MGH Chapel.

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