85th Anniversary Biomedical Lecture Series

Internationally Recognized Urology Specialist C. Lowell Parsons, M.D. to Lecture at Chestnut Hill College

Release Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2009


PHILADELPHIA, PA – C. Lowell Parsons, M.D., professor of surgery in the Urology Division of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, California will present the lecture, “From Basic Laboratory Research to the Patient: One Physician's Search for Answers to Bladder Disease" at Chestnut Hill College on Wednesday, October 7, at 4 p.m. in the East Parlor, St. Joseph Hall. Chestnut Hill College is located at 9601 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia.

In his lecture, Dr. Parsons will discuss his research in the causes and frequency of bladder disease, and what challenges lay ahead in the field. Dr. Parsons is currently a Professor of Surgery / Urology in the School of Medicine at the University of California at San Diego where he has been a member of the faculty since 1977.  He is an internationally recognized specialist in Interstitial Cystitis (IC), which is also known as Lower Urinary Dysfunctional Epithelium (LUDE). For 30 years, he has been conducting clinical, basic and translational research on interstitial cystitis, and his research discoveries have lead to a better understanding of the causes and frequency of the disease. Dr. Parsons’ research team is currently studying the urinary factors that injure the bladder epithelium, the root cause of IC.

Dr. Parsons is board certified from the American Board of Urology, and has published more than 200 articles in research publications and in peer reviewed journals. In addition, he is the principle investigator of many research grants, and travels widely to train physicians and other health professionals in how to recognize and treat IC/LUDE. Throughout his career, he has received several honors and awards, including outstanding achievement in the advancement of urological science at the University of California San Diego, the UCSD Chancellor’s award, and the Pfizer Scholars in Urology for Research Award.

Dr. Parsons received his doctor of medicine from the Yale University School of Medicine in 1970. After completing his medical internship at Yale in 1971, he spent two years as a staff associate in the Laboratory of Microbiology at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland and completed his urology residency training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.