William Francis Ganong

William Francis 'Fran' Ganong Jr. (1924 – 2007)

William Francis ‘Fran’ Ganong Jr. (1924 – 2007) was an American endocrinologist and physiologist.

Ganong was sole author of his ‘Review of Medical Physiology‘ textbook for 40 years – the first 22 editions.

Published over 200 articles in the area of neuroendocrinology. Key research into the regulation of aldosterone and the renin-angiotensin system. Elucidated the regulating pathways of aldosterone, particularly the renin-angiotensin system and its neural controls, leading to the development of hypertension drug therapies targeting this pathway

Eponymously associated with Lown-Ganong-Levine syndrome


  • Born 6 July 1924 in Northampton, Massachusetts
  • 1941 – enrolled at Harvard University, and drafted into the United States Army in December of that year
  • 1946 – received Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, while still in the army
  • 1949 – M.D. degree from Harvard, and commenced internship at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston
  • 1951-52 – served as Lieutenant, then Captain in the Army Medical Corps in Japan and Korea. Set up a mobile army surgical hospital (MASH) to treat patients with haemorrhagic fever
  • 1955 – Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley
  • 1958 – stated a research program in physiology at the University of California, San Francisco
  • 1970-87 – chaired the Department of Physiology at the University of California, San Francisco
  • 1977 – President of the American Physiology Society
  • 1979-84 – Editor-in-Chief of Neuroendocrinology journal
  • 1989-2002 – co-editor of Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology
  • Died 23 December 2007, in Albany, California

Medical Eponyms

Major Publications


  • Schwartz NB. The Endocrine Society 2002 Annual Awards. Endocr Rev. 2002 Aug;23(4):590-591 [PMID 12202474]
  • Lenzer J. William Francis Ganong. BMJ : British Medical Journal. 2008;336(7643):564. [PMC2265330]

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the person behind the name

Doctor in Australia. Keen interest in internal medicine, medical education, and medical history.

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