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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 this task."

"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.

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