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Creighton Mourns Unexpected Loss of Medical Professor

Creighton University School of Medicine mourns the unexpected loss of Edward Horowitz, M.D., an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases who also held a secondary appointment in the Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology. Horowitz died on Sunday, June 22, after being struck by a car.

"Horowitz was a passionate educator and, as such, has touched the lives of countless medical students during his tenure here at Creighton University," said Robert "Bo" Dunlay, M.D., dean of Creighton University School of Medicine. "His loss weighs heavy on the hearts of faculty, staff and students within the medical school and across the campus. As a community, we grieve with his family and friends and we offer our heartfelt support for his closest colleagues and collaborators."

Horowitz, born in Los Angeles, Calif., in 1950, started a nearly four decades-long career at Creighton University as a medical student. He graduated from the School of Medicine in 1978 before completing an internship, residency, chief residency and a fellowship in infectious diseases - all at Creighton University Affiliated Hospitals.

He is remembered by colleagues for his enthusiasm for medical education ? having joined the faculty ranks as assistant instructor of medicine even before completing his training. Following his fellowship, Horowitz was promoted to assistant professor of medicine and medical microbiology & immunology; he was promoted again to associate professor in 1996.

"Ed absolutely loved being a Creighton faculty member," says Gary Gorby, M.D., associate professor of medicine and medical microbiology, chair of the Division of Infectious Diseases and associate chair of Omaha Veterans Affairs Medical Center. "He loved taking care of patients and he loved teaching the next generation of doctors. He took delight in seeing trainees grow, mature and become successful practitioners of the healing art of medicine who, in turn, would pass the torch of the Creighton mission to those who would follow."

Horowitz was also passionate for advancing the understanding of clinical infectious diseases and the science of infection control. Throughout his career, he served on several infection control and quality assurance committees at Saint Joseph Hospital, presented at dozens of continuing education events, grand rounds and seminars, and served as a reviewer for multiple academic journals including American Family Physician and the American Journal of Epidemiology. His scholarly work includes more than thirty publications, abstracts and book chapters.

Once named a "Best Doctor in America," Horowitz practiced at the VA Medical Center as well as the Creighton Travel Clinic at Alegent Creighton Clinic in Dundee. He also provided care to the community as a staff physician at the Omaha Indian-Chicano Health Center in the 1980s, La Plaza Health Center in the 1990s and at the Magis Clinic at Sienna Francis House since 2001.

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