Professor Murray B. Urowitz, MD

Professor Murray B. Urowitz, MD

University of Toronto,
Canada

Murray Urowitz is Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and Director of the Centre for Prognosis Studies in the Rheumatic Diseases and the University of Toronto and the Lupus Clinic at the Toronto Western Hospital. Professor Urowitz received his MD from the University of Toronto and completed his postgraduate training in rheumatology at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore and at the University of Toronto. He was a Staff Rheumatologist at the Wellesley Hospital in Toronto from 1974 to 1987 and Physician in Chief from 1987 to 1995. He has also been a Senior Staff Rheumatologist at the Toronto Western Hospital and Senior Scientist at the Toronto Western Research Institute since 1995.

Professor Urowitz established the University of Toronto Lupus Clinic and Lupus Databank Research Program in 1970. This extensive longitudinal database is one of the largest such databanks in the world with over 1800 patients and has allowed for numerous findings that have changed the way lupus is diagnosed and managed. His teaching excellence is exemplified by having won the outstanding clinical teacher award in the medical school for a remarkable eight times. He was the Associate Dean of Postgraduate Medical Education at the University of Toronto between 1995 and 2005. This lifelong commitment to medical education has resulted in him being the recipient of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada 2004 Duncan Graham Award.

Professor Urowitz is a founding member of the Ontario Lupus Association (now Lupus Ontario) and past-President of the Lupus Council of the American Rheumatology Association. He is a founding member of the Systemic Lupus International Collaborating Clinics (SLICC) group and currently directs the SLICC Registry for Atherosclerosis. In 1995 he was the recipient of the Distinguished Rheumatologist Award of the Canadian Rheumatology Association and in 2009 he was recipient of the Evelyn V. HESS Award for outstanding contributions to lupus research, awarded by the Lupus Foundation of America. In 2012 he was awarded a Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal (nominated by the Canadian Rheumatology Association) in recognition of his longstanding contributions to lupus research and his work in the field of rheumatology.

Professor Urowitz has published over 300 peer reviewed papers and 40 book chapters, and has supervised the training of over 100 fellows in rheumatology, mainly in systemic lupus erythematosus. He has been an invited speaker around the world.

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