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James E. Lowe, M.D., YEAR

James E. Lowe was born in Brunswick, Georgia on December 27, 1946 where his father was a chemical engineer. He excelled in high school in academics and football and attended Stanford University, obtaining a B.A. in 1969 cum Laude and with Departmental Honors. He then attended UCLA School of Medicine, was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, and was recognized as UCLA Graduating Class Outstanding Student in Medicine Award, 1973. In 1973, he began the General and Thoracic Surgery residency at Duke University under the leadership of David Sabiston and joined the faculty in Cardiothoracic Surgery in 1981. During his training, he completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship as an NIH Scholar with the noted cardiac pathologist Dr. Robert B. Jennings in cardiac metabolism and electron microscopy. This research background was the foundation for his two decade successful translational research career with numerous peer reviewed NHLBI and AHA grants.

Dr. Lowe published 243 manuscripts in the peer-review literature, gave 97 invited lectureships and was sought after nationally as an intra-operative educator for his outstanding surgical prowess. Moreover, he was revered by the surgical house staff for more than 25 years as a patient mentor in and out of the hospital. A highlight of the cardiothoracic training at Duke was performing your first coronary bypass surgery with Dr. Lowe that he captured on film. He was a true giant in our field who represented the best combination of superb clinician, scientist and educator.