Jeffrey A. Lowell, MD, FACS
Jeffrey A. Lowell, MD, FACS, professor of surgery and of pediatrics, is being recognized for his major contributions to emergency response efforts for the St. Louis region and the nation.
Lowell has played a critical role in emergency preparedness efforts in the St. Louis region. He has served in the mayor’s office as regional medical incident director for many years and was recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice for his work. Among his lasting contributions to the metro area is his role in establishing the St. Louis Area Regional Response System (STARRS), which coordinates mass casualty strategic planning, system development and response efforts in the bi-state area and is a model for other municipalities. As part of that effort, Lowell forged a mutual aid agreement among 30 local hospitals.
On a national level, Lowell served as senior advisor to the Secretary for Medical Affairs in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2004 and 2005, where he was instrumental in developing an environmental pathogen detection program and biomedical threat response measures.
In 2006, Lowell joined the U.S. Public Health Service and has served as a U.S. Navy reservist since 2009. In 2011, he was deployed for six months as a trauma surgeon at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, where he managed casualties from operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and New Dawn.
Lowell is also highly regarded by his peers and trainees as a gifted and committed transplant surgeon. He has served since 2002 as chief of the abdominal organ transplant program at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and associate director of the Department of Surgery’s transplant program, contributing to that program’s growth into one of the nation’s top 10.
Lowell earned his bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College in 1981 and his medical degree from Yale University in 1985. He completed postgraduate training at Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard University and at the University of Nebraska. He joined the Washington University faculty in 1994.