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URMC Welcomes New Chief of Cardiology from Johns Hopkins

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

An internationally renowned scientist and clinician from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has been recruited to the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Charles J. Lowenstein, M.D., has been appointed to lead the Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, at URMC. He also will serve as director of the Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute. He will begin in his new roles in April 2009.

Lowenstein most recently served as professor of Medicine and the Clarence Doodeman Professor of Cardiology at Johns Hopkins University.

Cardiovascular disease is a major focus of the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Strategic Plan and a significant part of the long-term vision for the clinical and research future of the Medical Center, said Mark B. Taubman, M.D., the Charles E. Dewey Professor of Medicine and chair of the URMC Department of Medicine.

“I am confident Dr. Lowenstein’s leadership will provide new dimensions to our clinical cardiology program,” Taubman said. “In addition, he will continue the expansion of our basic and translational cardiovascular research programs. With the recruitment of Dr. Lowenstein, the Aab CVRI is well positioned to become the prominent vascular biology research program in the country.”

His clinical interests include cardiac patients with acute coronary syndromes, as well as preventive cardiology strategies and novel risk factors for coronary artery disease. His laboratory explores the cellular and molecular mechanisms that regulate vascular inflammation.

“We are truly excited about the opportunity to have such an exceptional talent as Dr. Lowenstein on faculty to build on the substantial clinical and research expertise and critical mass already in place in the field of cardiology and cardiovascular biology,” said David Guzick, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Lowenstein is a member of the American Heart Association, the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Interurban Clinical Club. He has served on grant review study sections for the American Heart Association and for the National Institutes of Health.

He graduated from Harvard College in 1982 and received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1986. Following a medical residency at Massachusetts General Hospital from 1986-1989, Lowenstein did a post-doctoral fellowship at the Whitehead Institute at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He then trained as a cardiology fellow at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, before joining the Department of Medicine at Hopkins in 1993.

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