- Honorary Degree (2016)
- Doctor of Humane Letters
- IUPUI Honors Convocation
- Indianapolis, Indiana
- Presenter: Michael A. McRobbie
- School of Medicine Distinguished Alumni Award (2002)
After earning his bachelor's degree at DePauw University in 1957, Robert W. Schrier went on to study medicine at IU, graduating in 1962 with highest honors and induction into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. He completed his residency at the George Washington University, Seattle, in 1965 and conducted research at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston in 1966. After serving as an Army medical officer, he began his teaching career, first on the faculty of the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco, and then at the University of Colorado, where his legendary career has spanned more than four decades. His prestigious appointments include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholarship, Master of the American College of Physicians, and an Honorary Fellow of the United Kingdom's Royal College of Physicians.
More than 1,000 scientific papers tell the story of Schrier's achievements: findings that have led to improvements in treatments of patients with acute kidney failure, diabetes, hypertension, and liver and heart failure, to name a few of the serious disorders that he has endeavored to remedy. He has been awarded virtually every prize in American nephrology and has been recognized as an exemplary academic physician leader who has sustained this standing for the last fifty years. Schrier is the only individual in the field's history to have been elected president of all three major nephrology societies - the American Society of Nephrology, the National Kidney Foundation, and the International Society of Nephrology. Add to this extraordinary life the fact that he is also an accomplished athlete. He is a member of both the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and the DePauw University Athletic Hall of Fame.
Schrier has been awarded honorary degrees from DePauw University; the University of Colorado; the Silesian Academy of Medicine in Poland; the Medical College of Ohio; and Marshall University in West Virginia. He has participated in more than 150 invited lectures and international congresses. A small sampling of his honors includes the IU School of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award; the Medal of Excellence of the American Association of Kidney Patients; the Chancellor's Award for Contributions to Medicine of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center; the John Phillips Award of the American College of Physicians; the David Hume Award from the National Kidney Foundation; the John Peters Award from the American Society of Nephrology; and the Jean Hamburger Award from the International Society of Nephrology.
Now Professor Emeritus at University of Colorado School of Medicine, Schrier remains a world renowned nephrologist who has excelled in every aspect of his work - in clinical medicine, research, teaching, administration, mentoring, and professional leadership. In 2016, Indiana University awarded Robert W. Schrier with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at its spring Honors Convocation in Indianapolis.