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Alumnus, cystic fibrosis expert receives U's outstanding service award


In a ceremony last spring, Warren J. Warwick, M.D., a longtime professor in the Medical School’s Department of Pediatrics, received the University of Minnesota President’s Award for Outstanding Service.

The award is presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional service to the University, going above and beyond their expected duties to support the University community.

Warwick, who graduated from the Medical School in 1954, has made tremendous contributions to the treatment of cystic fibrosis (CF) over the last several decades. He developed the first CF chest compression vest, which is used to promote bronchial drainage and has extended the lives of many people with CF around the world.

Warwick was director of the Minnesota Cystic Fibrosis Center here from its inception in 1962 to 1999. He is currently a senior adviser to the center, which has become one of the largest and most highly respected CF treatment centers in the United States.

Warwick also is known for his expertise in pulmonary physiology and interpretation of pulmonary function. Since 1962, he has directed the Pediatric Pulmonary Function Testing Laboratory, the first computerized pulmonary function lab in Minnesota.

Besides serving on many professional societies, Warwick also has been a stalwart on several University committees. He holds six patents and has established cystic fibrosis clinics in Minnesota, Iowa, and North and South Dakota.

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