Mark E. Lowe, MD, PhD

Professor of Pediatrics and Chief Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
University of Pittsburgh and UPMC
Washington University, BA 1973
University of Pennsylvania, PhD 1977
University of Miami, MD 1984

Dr. Lowe graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in biology. He then obtained a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. After spending five years as a Research Fellow at the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Lowe attended medical school at the University of Miami. Following medical school, he did a residency in Pediatrics and a fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology at St. Louis Children’s Hospital at the Washington University School of Medicine.

Upon completing his fellowship, Dr. Lowe joined the faculty of the Washington University School of Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics. He rose to the rank of Associate Professor of Pediatrics and of Molecular Biology and Pharmacology. During his time in St. Louis, Dr. Lowe won an NIH FIRST award, an NIH program project grant and two R01 grants as well as grants from the American Heart Association and the March of Dimes to support his work on pancreatic lipases and dietary fat digestion. In addition, he was the principal investigator of an NIH Training Grant for Pediatric Gastroenterology and was an associate director of the NIH Digestive Disease Center. Dr. Lowe was awarded an American Heart Association Established Investigator Award and won the Mead Johnson Award for Nutrition from the American Nutrition Association. He was elected to membership in the Society for Pediatric Research.

In 2003, Dr. Lowe was recruited to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh as the Director of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Professor of Pediatrics and of Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry. Dr. Lowe brought two NIH R01 grants to continue his studies on the biochemistry and physiology of pancreatic lipases. Since his recruitment, Dr. Lowe competed successfully for an NIH Training grant in Pediatric Gastroenterology. He has started clinical studies to define the etiology and natural history of pancreatitis in childhood. Dr. Lowe reviews grants for the NIH and other organizations and serves as a reviewer for multiple journals. He is the vice-chairman of the Growth, Development, and Aging section of the AGA and is on the AGA council. He also actively participates in the North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. Recently, he was elected to the American Pediatric Society.

I have a professional interest in pancreatic disorders in children and feel that patients with pancreatic disorders need representation from an advocacy group.

I am married and have two daughters that live in St. Louis.  I am an avoid road bicyclist.