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Release: Aug. 17, 2000

January honored for his lifetime achievements in medicine

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Lewis E. January, M.D., professor emeritus in the department of internal medicine with University of Iowa Health Care, recently received the Laureate Award from the Iowa Chapter of the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine for his lifetime achievements in the field of medicine.

January, 89, graduated from the University of Colorado College of Medicine and began his career at the UI Hospitals and Clinics as an intern in general internal medicine in 1937. He is a Master of the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine. He served as president of the American Heart Association (AHA) from 1966 through 1967 and received the AHA's Golden Heart Award in 1969. He also held the post of vice president in the International Cardiology Federation from 1970 to 1978. Colorado College in Colorado Springs granted him an honorary Doctorate of Science degree in 1966.

"The Laureate Award is truly a great honor, and I'm very gratified to receive it," January said. "I've been fortunate to have the opportunity to work with some very fine colleagues and to do something that I loved."

The 100,000-member 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. The Laureate Award may be given by each state chapter annually to an internal medicine specialist or subspecialist who exhibits excellence and accomplishment in clinical medicine.

"For more than half a century, Lew January has been intimately associated with the development of internal medicine and cardiology at the University of Iowa," said James Clifton, MD, professor emeritus in the UI department of internal medicine. "He was instrumental in the development of the modern UI department of internal medicine, and his contributions were invaluable."

In addition to January, the Iowa Chapter of the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine also conferred a Laureate Award upon David W. Lucke, M.D. Lucke was honored for his excellence in the practice of internal medicine, medical leadership, scientific training beyond the M.D. degree, original contributions to the medical literature, teaching of internal medicine residents and volunteer service on numerous medical boards. Lucke resides in Sioux City, Iowa, where he joined Internal Medicine Associates in 1977.

Francois Abboud, M.D., professor and head of the UI department of internal medicine, calls January a loved and respected figure. "Lew January is one of the most inspirational people in the field of cardiology. It has been my privilege to be associated with him for more than 40 years. There are hundreds of residents and fellows who trained under him who hold him in very high esteem and try to emulate him as their model for a practicing and caring physician," Abboud said.

Abboud, January and John Eckstein, M.D., former dean of the UI College of Medicine, all served terms as president of the national American Heart Association. "Having three people from the same institution hold that post is unheard of," commented January. "That just shows you the quality of the individuals we have here at the University of Iowa."

January retired in 1981. He lives in Iowa City with his wife of 58 years, Virginia Eloise.

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