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Release: Oct. 22, 2002
UI Carver College of Medicine to honor Abboud Oct. 25
University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine will host
a special event honoring Francois Abboud, M.D. (left), professor, former
head of the UI department of internal medicine and interim associate vice
president for statewide health services, for his contributions to medicine
and the college.
"Healing with Heart and Mind: A Celebration in Honor of Francois M.
Abboud," will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 with a two-hour medical
symposium in the Urmila Sahai Seminar Room in the Medical Education and Biomedical
Research Facility (2117 MERF).
Speakers include: James T. Willerson, M.D., professor of internal medicine
and president of the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston;
Akira Takeshita, M.D., professor and director of cardiovascular medicine at
Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan; Helen H. Hobbs, M.D., Howard Hughes Medical
Institute investigator, professor of internal medicine and molecular genetics,
and director of the Eugene McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development
at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas; and Kenneth
I. Shine, M.D., senior policy fellow and director of the Center for Domestic
and International Health Security at RAND Corp. in Arlington, Va.
UI Carver College of Medicine faculty members Donald Heistad, M.D., the
Zahn Professor of Cardiology, and Michael Welsh, M.D., the Roy J. Carver Biomedical
Research Chair in Internal Medicine and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute
investigator, will chair the symposium.
A reception for Abboud will be held at 4 p.m., followed by a program at
4:30 p.m., in the atrium of the Eckstein Medical Research Building. Allyn
Mark, M.D., interim executive dean and associate dean for research and graduate
programs in the College, and the Roy J. Carver Professor and Chair in Internal
Medicine, will serve as master of ceremonies.
Speakers at the program include: Robert A. Clark, M.D., professor and chair
of medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio;
John T. Shepherd, M.D., professor emeritus and chair of physiology and biophysics,
and former dean of the Mayo Medical School at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester,
Minn.; David Skorton, M.D., UI vice president for research and external relations;
John W. Eckstein, M.D., dean emeritus of the UI Carver College of Medicine;
and Robert Kelch, M.D., dean of the College and vice president for statewide
A UI faculty member since 1960, Abboud served as head of the UI department
of internal medicine from 1976 through 2001. He is the Edith King Pearson
Professor of Cardiovascular Research, director of the UI Cardiovascular Research
Center, and he also holds a faculty appointment in the UI department of physiology
Currently, the UI Foundation is nearing completion on a campaign to raise
$2 million to endow the Francois M. Abboud Distinguished Professor and Endowed
Chair in Internal Medicine.
Among his many professional accomplishments, Abboud is recognized for his
contributions to the understanding of the causes of and treatments for heart
disease. His research team is internationally known for its work in understanding
how the nervous system regulates blood pressure by sending signals from nerves
in the heart and arteries to the brain. Abboud and his colleagues were the
first to prove in the early 1960s that insulin activates the nervous system
to cause high blood pressure in the absence of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
His team also discovered that salt intake constricts blood vessels in people
who are susceptible to high blood pressure. The UI Cardiovascular Research
Center, which Abboud has directed since 1974, has become one of the most prestigious
cardiovascular training centers in the world.
He has received numerous awards and honors, including: the ASPET Award for
Experimental Therapeutics from the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental
Therapeutics; the Wiggers Award and Medal from the American Physiological
Society, Cardiovascular Section; the CIBA Award and Medal for Hypertension
Research from the Council of High Blood Pressure Research of the American
Heart Association; the Merck Sharp and Dohme International Award for Research
in Hypertension; the Research Achievement Award and the Gold Heart Award from
the American Heart Association; the American College of Physicians - American
Society of Internal Award for Outstanding Work in Science as Related to Medicine;
and the Robert H. Williams Distinguished Chairman of Medicine Award from the
Association of Professors of Medicine.
Abboud is the Carl Ludwig Distinguished Lecturer of the American Physiological
Society. He also is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation,
and he has served as president of the Association of American Physicians,
the American Heart Association, the Central Society for Clinical Research
and the American Federation for Clinical Research. He was editor-in-chief
of the journal Circulation Research from 1981 to 1986 and co-editor of the
"Handbook of Physiology: Peripheral Circulation and Organ Blood Flow"
of the American Physiological Society in 1983. He chaired the Heart and Lung
Program Project Research Review Committee of the National Heart, Lung and
Blood Institute (NLHBI) of the National Institutes of Health from 1978 to
1980 and served as a member of the NHLBI Advisory Council. Abboud was elected
to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1988 and
the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1997. He is a Master of the American
College of Physicians, and he holds an honorary Doctor of Science degree from
the Medical College of Wisconsin, and a Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa)
from the University of Lyon, France.
Abboud also is highly regarded by colleagues at the UI and around the world
for his extraordinary teaching and mentoring skills and the tireless enthusiasm
he brings to his work.
"It's almost impossible to summarize the impact that Dr. Abboud has
made, not just in terms of his four-plus decades of research, service and
teaching related to cardiovascular disease, but also in terms of the influence
he has had on so many medical students, residents and colleagues," Kelch
noted. "The UI department of internal medicine has achieved international
prominence in a number of medical specialties, which is in part a testament
to Dr. Abboud's leadership."
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