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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
"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
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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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.