A tribute to Priscilla Kincaid-Smith, APSN’s first President














Vale Emeritus Professor Priscilla Kincaid-Smith,



Australian Nephrology has lost one of its legends. Priscilla Kincaid-Smith died peacefully at home on June 18th, surrounded by family, aged 88.


The list of her achievements and honours in the field of Nephrology and the Medical Profession is extraordinary to say the least. That she accomplished what she did as a woman is further testament to her dedication and determination. A true pioneer and leader, an accomplished physician-researcher, a pathologist and a nephrologist, one of the original architects of the field of Nephrology in Australia, in Asia, indeed globally. Truly irreplaceable. Her influence on the discipline and on those she mentored will continue to be felt for generations. A life very well lived.


Priscilla is survived by her husband, Dr Ken Fairley, her three children and numerous grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held in Melbourne this Saturday July 25th, 10.30am at Leonda,2 Wallen Rd, Hawthorn. Those who wish to can pass personal messages of condolence onto Prof Kincaid-Smith’s family via her son-in-law, Dr Ian Fraser at ian@ianfraser.com.au.



Director of Nephrology, The Royal Melbourne Hospital 1967-1991

Professor of Medicine, University of Melbourne 1975-1991

Physician in Nephrology, Royal Women’s Hospital 1976-1991

Professor Emeritus at the University of Melbourne 1991


President of the Australasian Society of Nephrology 1970-1972

President of the International Society of Nephrology 1972 – 1975

President of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 1986 – 1988

President of the Asian Pacific Society of Nephrology, 1986 – 1990

Chairman at the Australian Medical Association Federal Council 1990 – 1995

President of the Australasian Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy 1991 – 1993

President of the International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy 1992 – 1994

President of the World Medical Association1994 – 1995


Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) 1975

Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) 1989


David Hume Award from the National Kidney Foundation (USA) Inc. New York 1989

Leon Chesley Award from the International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy 1990

Sir William Upjohn Medal from the University of Melbourne 1992

John F. Peters Award received from the American Society of Nephrology 1993

Life Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Physicians 1996

Australian Achiever Award received from the National Australia Day Council 1997

75th Jubilee Medal (Health Sciences) received from the University of Witwatersrand 1997

Jean Hamburger Award received from the International Society of Nephrology 1997


The APSN pays tribute to this remarkable woman and her achievements in Australian, Asian Pacific and International Nephrology.


Please see the links below outlining her remarkable achievements:




The APSN would like to thank A/Professor Robyn Langham for her input into the above tribute.