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Miles H. Sigler, 81, Pioneer in Dialysis

January 13, 2011
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Miles H. Sigler, 81, founder and former chief of the division of nephrology at Lankenau Hospital, died Nov. 29.

Sigler, who grew up in Richmond, Va., and later, in Buffalo, N.Y., attended the University of Rochester. He excelled academically and athletically, and also enjoyed playing the clarinet and saxophone in jazz side projects.

He attended Cornell University Medical School and did his internal medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Upon completion of a ne-phrology fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, he served as a medical officer in the army in Puerto Rico. It was during this period that he began a lifelong career in medical research.

In 1963, Sigler joined the staff at Lankenau Hospital, founding the division of nephrology and leading its progress for more than 40 years.

Hallmarks of Sigler's career include developing Lankenau's kidney-transplant program (the first at a suburban hospital); founding the first nephrology fellowship in the region's suburbs; introducing slow, continuous hemodialysis; and starting Nephrology Associates, providing the Main Line's first dialysis program with his partner, Dr. Brendan Teehan.

He also wrote numerous articles for international medical journals.

Sigler is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Elaine B. Aser; daughters Dr. Allison Sigler and Gwen M. Sigler; son Philip Sigler; a granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews. His brother, Paul Sigler, predeceased him.

Memorial contributions can be sent to: Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, Attn.: Director of Philanthropy and Business Development, 100 E. Lancaster Ave., Wynnewood, PA 19096.

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