2012 - 2013 EVENTS
"Medical Education in the Early 21st Century: Caught in a Revolution"
Daniel H. Lowenstein, M.D.
Dr. Robert B. and Mrs. Ellinor Aird Professor of Neurology and
Director, Physician-Scientist Education and Training Programs
Thursday, January 24, 2013
P&S Alumni Auditorium
650 West 168th Street, First Floor
Daniel Lowenstein, MD, is Vice Chairman and Professor of Neurology, Director of the UCSF Epilepsy Center, Director of Physician-Scientist Education and Training, and Associate Dean of Clinical and Translational Science at UCSF.
Dr. Lowenstein graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in mathematics, and received his M.D. at Harvard Medical School. He then did his residency in neurology at UCSF and a 2-year fellowship in Stanley Prusiner's laboratory, and went on to become the Robert B. and Ellinor Aird Professor of Neurology and established the Epilepsy Research Laboratory at UCSF. After serving as Dean for Medical Education at Harvard from 2000-2002, he returned to the Bay Area to renew his academic posts at UCSF.
Dr. Lowenstein is a clinician-scientist who has studied both basic science and clinical aspects of epilepsy. Dr. Lowenstein's laboratory studies have examined the fundamental mechanisms of neuronal network remodeling that occur during epileptogenesis-that is, the process by which a normal network transforms into a hyperexcitable network capable of producing or relaying seizure activity. His clinical research includes studies on the management and treatment of patients with status epilepticus, and he was the principal investigator for two prospective, multicenter clinical trials sponsored by the NIH examining the potential benefits of active treatment for patients with status epilepticus in the prehospital setting. In the last 10 years, he has been a principal organizer of large-scale, international efforts to study the complex genetics of epilepsy. These include the "Epilepsy Phenome/Genome Project" and "Epi4K: Gene Discovery in 4,000 Genomes", both of which are funded by NIH.
Dr. Lowenstein has been actively involved in advancing the cause of epilepsy at the national level, and has held numerous leadership roles in professional organizations and foundations, including serving as the President of the American Epilepsy Society in 2003-04. He was also a member of the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), and is chair of the NINDS Epilepsy Research Benchmarks initiative.
In addition to his research interests, Dr. Lowenstein is an avid and highly regarded teacher, and he has had an active role at UCSF concerning issues related to cultural diversity and civil rights. Dr. Lowenstein has received numerous awards at the local and national level, including the national American Medical Student Association Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, the American Neurological Association Distinguished Teacher Award, and the Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award given by the Association of American Medical Colleges. He is also credited as being the originator of the idea for the Academy of Medical Educators at UCSF, which led to a national movement that has resulted in more than 50 such academies throughout the United States.
2011-2012 Lawrence M. Tierney Jr., M.D., University of California, San Francisco
2010 - 2011 David Valle, M.D, Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
C. Ronald Kahn, M.D.
2008-2009 L.D. Britt, M.D., Eastern Virginia Medical School