Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Department of Orthopaedics to Honor Abilene Physician

February 10, 2006
CONTACT: Suzanna Cisneros Martinez, suzanna.martinez@ttuhsc.edu

LUBBOCK – The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is honoring the accomplishments of Abilene physician Shannon Holloway, M.D., Ph.D., with a resident research award named in his honor.

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

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

Robert Schutt, M.D., chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Health Sciences Center, said Holloway has gained the respect and friendship of patients, co-workers and other physicians throughout the medical community.

“He is known as an ethical, hardworking physician dedicated to the care of each and every patient,” Schutt said.

Holloway received his undergraduate degree from Huntington College in Montgomery, Ala. Although he was a former tennis player, his career in professional tennis took a back seat to academic pursuits. After teaching high school for a year, he returned to Auburn University where he received his master’s degree in physiology and biochemistry.

Holloway moved to Gainesville and entered graduate school at the University of Florida School of Medicine, where he earned his doctorate degree in medical physiology. His seminal work describing the production of cerebral spinal fluid in newborns paved the way for later studies investigating the role of the central nervous system in circulatory shock. Holloway’s graduate research resulted in the publication of numerous articles and gained him recognition as an outstanding young investigator in the scientific community.

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

Herb Janssen, Ph.D., associate chair of Research and Education in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, said he and Holloway, a friend and colleague, have published numerous scientific works while together at the Health Sciences Center.

“As a charter member of the Department of Physiology faculty, he taught medical and graduate students and helped shape the future of the Department of Physiology and the medical school,” Janssen said.

Holloway attended medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, completing his medical degree in 1976 and his residency in orthopaedic surgery in 1980.

While at the Health Sciences Center, Holloway authored more than 25 scientific publications. He has continued to contribute to the scientific literature while serving as an orthopaedic surgeon in Abilene for the past 25 years as well as serving as an oral examiner for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery for10 years.

“Dr. Holloway has remained in touch with his roots – an upbringing that taught him humility, respect for his fellow man, honesty and ethical behavior,” Janssen said. “He has and will continue to make each of us a better person through his example as a tireless patient advocate, community leader, devoted father, husband and friend.”