Vincenzo Cambi has been a true game changer in the field of nephrology. In the seventies, haemodialysis was scheduled in two sessions of eight hours, two to three times per week. Based on a limited number of experimental studies, Vincenzo Cambi elaborated the concept of “short dialysis” and rapidly tested this novel approach in the haemodialysis centre of the University Hospital in Parma, Italy. In addition, he had an interest in haemofiltration during the pioneering years of this technique and explored hybrid treatments (haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis). He was also one of the first researchers to suspect that acetate dialysis is less tolerated than bicarbonate dialysis. In the mid-eighties, he was instrumental in the computerization of clinical data at his department, which was pure innovation at that time.
Vincenzo was a passionate clinical investigator fully committed to improving the clinical condition of end-stage kidney disease patients. He was not only a world-renowned expert in clinical research, he also dedicated himself to the building of the ERA-EDTA. In the early nineties, he was the first to create the managerial structure of the ERA-EDTA which he served as Secretary-Treasurer and Chief Administrative Officer for many years. The ERA-EDTA owes much of its success to Vincenzo Cambi’s help and expertise.
He had a holistic vision on medicine and humanities. He believed that, beyond medicine, doctors also need to be morally pristine and knowledgeable in humanities. Vincenzo will remain a role model for many clinical nephrologists. We will all miss Vincenzo’s critical thinking and effectiveness as a problem solver, his warmth, availability and frankness, and his friendly attitude towards colleagues and patients.
Carmine Zoccali, ERA-EDTA President
Interview to Vincenzo Cambi in the “Pioneers of Nephrology” series
Vincenzo Cambi talking about ” The history of ERA-EDTA”