2009 - Murray Urowitz, MD

On October 15, 2009, the Lupus Foundation of America announced Murray Urowitz, M.D. as the 2009 recipient of the prestigious Evelyn V. Hess Research Award, presented annually in recognition of a lifetime of achievement in lupus research. Dr. Urowitz is Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, and is Director of the Centre for Prognosis Studies in Rheumatic Diseases at Toronto Western Hospital.

Dr. Urowitz’s research changed the way lupus is diagnosed and managed, and advanced the understanding of the disease process. His extensive body of work consists of more than 250 peer-reviewed papers and 40 book chapters. Over the course of Dr. Urowitz’s long career he established the University of Toronto Lupus Clinic, the Lupus Databank Research Program, and is founding member of the Ontario Lupus Association (now Lupus Ontario). In 1995, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Rheumatologist Award from the Canadian Rheumatology Association.

Dr. Urowitz is also dedicated to his students, having supervised the training of more than 100 fellows in rheumatology specializing in lupus. He served as the Associate Dean of Post-Graduate Medical Education at the University of Toronto from 1995 to 2005. In 2004, Dr. Urowitz was honored with Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Duncan Graham Award recognizing his life-long commitment to medical education.

The LFA established this award in 2005 to honor Evelyn V. Hess, M.D., M.A.C.P., M.A.C.R., for her outstanding contributions to lupus research over the course of her long and distinguished career. Dr. Urowitz received his award on October 17th in Philadelphia during a reception in his honor hosted by the LFA National Board of Directors.