For Immediate Release
Contact: Susan Preston
At UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Surgery Chairman Receives Prestigious Award
The American Surgical Association Foundation has presented its
most prestigious award to Dr. Stephen F. Lowry, of Hoboken, N.J.,
professor and chair of the Department of Surgery at the University
of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)-Robert Wood Johnson
Dr. Lowry has received the association's Flance-Karl Award,
which recognizes surgeons who have made extraordinary advances
in the field of surgery through biomedical research at the basic,
translational and clinical levels. He is the youngest surgeon
to receive the association's award.
"We are very proud of Dr. Lowry's achievements," said Dr. Harold
L. Paz, dean of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. "Recipients
of this award have been internationally acclaimed innovators and
he is certainly in that league. He is recognized worldwide for
his research in sepsis and cytokines."
Although the award does not cite specific contributions but
rather a body of work, Dr. Lowry is widely recognized for his
research in identifying and studying protein mediators that activate
the immune system and cause an over-reaction of the body to infection.
That work and subsequent studies performed by him and colleagues
in his laboratory have led to the development and evaluation of
several promising pharmaceutical agents to be used in patients
with severe inflammation and infection.