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Release: April 12, 2000
UI's Abboud to receive major internal medicine award
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- François Abboud, M.D., professor and head of the
University of Iowa department of internal medicine and the Edith King Pearson
Professor of Cardiovascular Research, will receive the 2000 American College
of Physicians - American Society of Internal Medicine (ACP-ASIM) Award for
Outstanding Work in Science as Related to Medicine. The ACP-ASIM will present
the award at its annual meeting April 13 in Philadelphia.
The organization selected Abboud based on his "milestone contributions"
to internal medicine, especially in the area of autonomic control of circulation.
Abboud is known internationally for research on how the nervous system regulates
blood pressure by sending signals from nerves in the heart and arteries to
the brain. The ACP-ASIM also noted that Abboud is "well known for his
extraordinary teaching capabilities and the enthusiasm which he brings to
"Dr. Abboud is richly deserving of this award because of his major contributions
throughout the years to greater understanding of the causes and cures of cardiovascular
disease," said Charles Francis, M.D., member of the ACP-ASIM board of
regents and president of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
in Los Angeles.
Francis, who has served with Abboud on several committees at the American
Heart Association, said that Abboud has developed one of the premier cardiovascular
programs in the country. "Dr. Abboud has not only been a resource for
cardiovascular research but he also has provided leadership and trained people
across the entire range of internal medicine," Francis added.
Scientists, including non-physicians, of any country and in any field, whether
nonclinical or clinical, biochemical, biological, physical or social are considered
for the award. A major consideration is the candidate's outstanding contribution
to medicine. Previous ACP-ASIM outstanding medical science award recipients
include Nobel Prize winners Michael S. Brown, Joseph L. Goldstein, J. Michael
Bishop, Harold E. Varmus, Alfred G. Gilman and Andor Szentivanyi.
Robert P. Kelch, M.D., dean of the UI College of Medicine, said that it was
gratifying to see Abboud's contributions to internal medicine and cardiovascular
science recognized by a leading medical organization.
"Dr. Abboud has devoted decades of research, service and teaching to
cardiovascular disease, which has the highest mortality rate in our nation,"
Kelch said. "His contributions are appropriately recognized by the American
College of Physicians - American Society of Internal Medicine award."
Abboud, who is also a UI professor of physiology and biophysics, has conducted
cardiovascular research for more than 40 years and directed the UI Cardiovascular
Research Center since 1974. Since 1971, he has been the principal investigator
for the National Institutes of Health-funded UI Program Project Grant on the
Regulation of Circulation in Pathologic States. Last November, Abboud received
the American Heart Association's 1999 Research Achievement Award in recognition
of his career-long accomplishments in cardiovascular science.
Abboud is a past president of the American Heart Association, the Association
of American Physicians, and the American Federation for Clinical Research.
In addition, he is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy
of Sciences and also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
A native of Egypt, Abboud received his medical degree in 1955 from Ains Chams
University in Cairo. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Milwaukee
County Hospital and fellowships in cardiology at Marquette University and
the University of Iowa. He joined the UI faculty in 1960.
The American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine
is the nation's largest medical specialty society. Its mission is to enhance
the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism
in the practice of medicine. ACP-ASIM membership includes more than 90,000
physicians in general internal medicine and related subspecialties.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the
UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care,
medical education and research programs and services they provide.