Vol. 33, No. 2     Fall 2010
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Robert H. Knopp, M.D.

Robert H. Knopp, M.D.Dr. Robert H. Knopp, the Robert B. McMillen Endowed Professor in Lipid Research in the Department of Medicine, died in Seattle on Sunday, May 30, 2010, of leukemia.

Knopp, 72, was an accomplished physician, a dedicated teacher, and a prodigious scholar who made major contributions in the field of lipid metabolism and related disorders. He was a member of UW Medicine’s Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition in the Department of Medicine for 36 years and was section head at Harborview for the past 17 years. He also was an adjunct professor of obstetrics and gynecology and one of the early promoters of heart health for women.

As director of the Northwest Lipid Research Clinic at Harborview, from 1978 until his death, Knopp led the clinic in becoming a leading national center of care and research in diabetes, lipids, cardiovascular disease and related issues of prevention and treatment. He also directed the Clinical Research Core of the UW Clinical Nutrition Research Unit.

In 2008, Knopp was named first holder of the Robert B. McMillen Professorship in Lipid Research at UW Medicine. Mr. McMillen was a patient of Dr. Knopp’s and a longtime supporter of UW Medicine. In April, the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine honored Knopp with an inaugural Distinguished Scientist Award for seminal research accomplishments and significant contributions to the society.

Knopp was a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American College of Physicians, a past president of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, and a past board member of the National Lipid Association, among many other national and local leadership positions. He received the Lester R. Sauvage Hope Heart Award, the Distinguished Service Citation of the American Diabetes Association, the Meritorious Service Award of the American Heart Association of Washington, the Harborview Cares Award and numerous other honors.

A New York native and graduate of Colgate University and Cornell University Medical College, Knopp interned at Boston City Hospital before completing a residency and research fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at Northwestern University. Following that, he served in the Diabetes and Arthritis Field Research Unit of the U.S. Public Health Service and then joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School. He came to UW in 1974 and was an attending physician at Harborview Medical Center for the remainder of his life.

Dr. Knopp is survived by his wife, Judith, and daughters Elizabeth Knopp and Eleanor Knopp.

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