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DATE: 01/16/2008
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Orthopaedic Surgeon and Alumnus Honored by TTUHSC

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine honored posthumously L. Shannon Holloway, M.D., Ph.D. by naming an endowed chair in his name. The L. Shannon Holloway, MD, PhD Endowed Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery officially was announced Wednesday.

Texas Tech University System Board of Regent F. Scott Dueser said Holloway gained the respect and friendship of patients, co-workers and other physicians throughout the medical community.

“I could not think of a better person to honor,” Dueser said. “The name Shannon Holloway has been synonymous with the West Texas spirit. His personal and professional contributions have made a significant impression to so many individuals.”

Texas Tech University System Chancellor Kent Hance said, “because of generous donors who establish endowments like the L. Shannon Holloway MD, PhD Endowed Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is able to continue research that improves the lives of West Texans.”

Holloway received his undergraduate degree from Huntington College in Montgomery, Ala. He received his master’s degree in physiology and biochemistry from Auburn University.

He moved to Gainesville and entered graduate school at the University of Florida School of Medicine, where he earned his doctorate degree in medical physiology.

After completing post-doctorate training at Michigan State University in 1972, he joined the faculty of the newly formed Texas Tech University School of Medicine in Lubbock.

Holloway attended the School of Medicine, completing his medical degree in 1976 and his residency in orthopaedic surgery in 1980. He moved to Abilene to practice and also started a residency program in which the Health Science Center orthopaedic residents work weekends in Abilene.

TTUHSC President John C. Baldwin said the institution is thankful for the Holloway family and the community of Abilene.

“We have a new part of the family – the city of Abilene and the Holloway family,” Baldwin said. “Their commitment to our institution has been tremendous to say the least and we are fortunate to have their support.”

Dr. Holloway worked tirelessly before being diagnosed with terminal abdominal cancer. He died on April 21, 2006. “Dr. Holloway was an exceptional doctor and human being,” Steven L. Berk, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine, said. “We had the privilege of him serving as our first orthopaedic resident. His work in the field of orthopaedics and his compassion for his patients and community made him one of the most successful doctors in West Texas, and the School of Medicine wanted to honor him once again.”

June 2006, the TTUHSC Department of Orthopaedic Surgery established a resident research award named in his honor.

This annual award, the Dr. Shannon Holloway Resident Research Award in Orthopaedic Surgery, is presented at graduation to the resident whose research efforts are judged most outstanding by the faculty.

The resident receives a plaque acknowledging this accomplishment along with a cash award. The resident’s name also is inscribed on the Dr. Shannon Holloway plaque, which will remain in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in perpetuity.

The $1.5 million L. Shannon Holloway, MD, PhD Endowed Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery recipient will be named at a later date.

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