Published January 10, 2014
Drucy S. Borowitz, MD, clinical professor of pediatrics, has been recognized for her groundbreaking research and compassionate patient care by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo (WCHOB).
She also presented an invited lecture on her research in New York City.
Borowitz received the Richard C. Talamo Distinguished Clinical Achievement Award — one of the highest honors of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation — for her cutting-edge research.
She is leading a study aimed at understanding factors that interfere with the growth of infants with cystic fibrosis (CF). The study is funded by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.
In 2012 she played a key role in developing a breakthrough drug approved for treatment of a less common CF gene mutation.
Borowitz, who directs the Cystic Fibrosis Center at WCHOB, has expertise in nutritional and gastrointestinal issues in CF. She has been principal and co-principal investigator on more than 35 clinical studies over the last two decades.
She also is involved in efforts to bring more gastroenterologists into the CF field.
The Talamo award also recognizes the care Borowitz provides to patients afflicted with the life-threatening disease.
“This year’s honorees have made tremendous progress in improving the quality of life for people with cystic fibrosis,” said Preston W. Campbell III, MD, executive vice president for medical affairs at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, who presented the award.
Borowitz and her co-honoree are the “epitome of professional excellence and compassionate care,” he added.
The awards were presented during the 2013 North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference in Salt Lake City.
Borowitz also received the Children’s Champion Award from the WCHOB’s Family Advisory Council.
The award recognizes Borowitz for her patient- and family-centered care and her dedication to honoring families’ choices and perspectives. She was lauded for the communication and support she provides to enable patients and family members to participate in care decisions.
In addition, Borowitz was invited to present the 2013 Stephanie Lynn Kossoff Memorial Lecture for Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital.
For 35 years, the annual lecture has been given by prominent cystic fibrosis researchers, including physicians from Columbia University, Harvard Medical School and the University of Pennsylvania.
Her lecture, “Ways the Gut and Lung Inform Each Other: What We Have Learned from Cystic Fibrosis,” took place last fall.