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The Filley Family Legacy – Helping Young Physiologists Succeed

The Filley Family Legacy – Helping Young Physiologists Succeed

Giles Franklin Filley was born in 1915 in New York City. He grew up both on Long Island and in Greenwich, Connecticut. He earned his B.A. at Williams College in 1937 and his M.D. at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1942. Soon after graduating from medical school, he contracted tuberculosis, and upon recovery from this illness, vigorously pursued a career in pulmonary medicine and physiology. After a medical internship and residency, he conducted research on pulmonary physiology in Saranac Lake, New York as Associate Physiologist in the Department of Physiology at the Edward L. Trudeau Foundation from 1947-53, and then for the next two years as Director of the Department of Physiology at the Trudeau-Saranac Institute. In 1955, he joined the faculty of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, advancing to the position of Professor of Medicine in 1969. While remaining engaged in the care of patients with respiratory diseases, he was most fascinated by respiratory physiology and the study of acid-base and blood gas regulation, contributing over 100 professional publications and two books describing his research and scholarship. He also took great pleasure in mentoring many aspiring scientists to continue the work about which he was so passionate.

In honor of Dr. Filley's keen interest in helping young scientists begin productive careers in physiological research, his wife Mary and four sons Dwight, Josh, Christopher and Jonathan established the Giles F. Filley Memorial Awards for Excellence in Respiratory Physiology and Medicine. Since 1994, two promising young investigators have been recognized annually for their potential to excel in physiological research. Dr. Filley's family is pleased to make possible these opportunities for supporting young scientists who will carry forward the work he saw as vital for the future of medicine and the betterment of society.


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