Michael Mihatsch, born in 1943 in Gleiwitz, studied medicine in Bonn and Freiburg, and then went to Basel to begin studying pathology. In 1978, he became Assistant Professor at the University of Basel, and led the Institute there from 1988 until 2007. Mihatsch made Basel a center for prospective renal pathologists.His most significant achievement is the description of the connection between phenacetin administration and nephropathy with renal atrophy and the concomitant occurrence of urothelial carcinoma. His campaign against phenacetin finally contributed to a ban on the medication.His textbook Renal Pathology in Biopsy is a classic of medical literature.As a leading nephropathologist worldwide, Prof. Dr. Med. Michael J. Mihatsch received the Rudolf Virchow Medal of the German Society of Pathologists in 2019.