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Shannon Holloway, M.D., Ph.D., the first orthopedic resident at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, was honored recently at a celebration for the Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy’s new satellite campus in Abilene.
Holloway is known not only as an accomplished orthopedic surgeon, but also a teacher, mentor and friend in Abilene. In recognition of his achievements, the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the Health Sciences Center established a resident research award in his honor.
The Dr. Shannon Holloway Resident Research Award in Orthopedic Surgery will be presented annually at graduation to the resident whose research efforts are judged most outstanding by the faculty.
The resident will receive a plaque and a cash award. The resident’s name also will be inscribed on the Dr. Shannon Holloway plaque, which will remain in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery in perpetuity.
Texas Tech University System Regent F. Scott Dueser says Holloway has 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 says. “The name Shannon Holloway has been synonymous with the West Texas spirit. His personal and professional contributions have made a significant impression on so many individuals.”
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 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, where he completed his medical degree in 1976 and residency in orthopedic surgery in 1980. He moved to Abilene to practice and started a residency program in which the Health Sciences Center orthopedic residents work weekends in Abilene.
Herb Janssen, Ph.D., associate chair of Research and Education in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, published numerous scientific works with Holloway, whom he describes as a friend and colleague, 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 says.
Holloway worked tirelessly before recently being diagnosed with terminal abdominal cancer.
“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 says. “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.