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John E. Repine, M.D.

Professor of Medicine



  John E. Repine, M.D. 
  Professor of Medicine
  University of Colorado Denver
  Pulmonary Sciences & Critical Care Medicine 



Dr. John Repine is the President, Chief Executive Officer and Scientific Director of the Webb-Waring Institute for Cancer, Aging, and Antioxidant Research. Dr. Repine is also the James J. Waring Professor in the Department of Medicine and Pediatrics and the Associate Dean for Student Advocacy at the University of Colorado Denver.

Dr. Repine has led the Webb-Waring Institute since 1993. Under his leadership, the Institute's research program shifted its focus to a multi-disciplinary study of antioxidants in health and disease. This strategy brings together M.D. and Ph.D. chemists, biochemists, cell biologists, physiologists and physicians in an interactive approach focused on the cause and prevention of aging and many common diseases, especially cancer.

The work of Dr. Repine and his team is well supported by Foundation and National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants. For example, Dr. Repine was the head of one of five national Specialized Centers of Research for Acute Lung Injury for the NIH for 10 years.

The author of more than 300 research articles, Dr. Repine is also a reviewer and on the editorial boards of prominent professional journals. A respected authority in the study of vascular diseases including the Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), multiple organ failure (MOF), ischemia-reperfusion disorders (heart attack and stroke), age-related macular degeneration, and cancer, he has lectured at more than 200 national and international meetings and symposia. Dr. Repine’s investigations in animals, in vitro and in human subjects have encompassed the role of oxidants, antioxidants, inflammation and neutrophil elastase. A particular interest is the development of strategies to predict disease development.

Dr. Repine is a member of many professional and honorary societies for medicine, chemistry and biology. He was elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation, Association of American Physicians and is an elected counselor in the Oxygen Society. He is the recipient of an Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association, Basil O'Conner Research Award from the March of Dimes, the Bonfils-Stanton Award for his Outstanding Contributions to Medicine and Science and the Alton Ochsner Award Relating Smoking and Health.

Working closely with industry, Dr. Repine serves on the scientific advisory boards of numerous biotechnology companies and is currently developing, testing and patenting promising products for the treatment and prevention of disease. He has 10 patented discoveries. Dr. Repine has served as a consultant for clinical trial design and pharmaceutical development for many small and large companies worldwide.

Dr. Repine has also been a leader and member of many local and national committees including the Executive Committee of the University of Colorado Global Change and Environmental Quality Program, the Medical Student Research Program, the University of Colorado Technology Transfer Program and the International Task Force regarding the role of Oxidants in Emphysema and Lung Cancer. Dr. Repine was recently selected to the Board of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation.

As Associate Dean for Student Advocacy for the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Dr. Repine is widely recognized as a distinguished student teacher and mentor. He has won many awards including the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award, the Dean Joseph W. St. Geme Award for Outstanding Contributions to the School of Medicine and the prestigious University of Colorado Presidential Teaching Award for 1995. Dr. Repine's students have also won many awards including advanced fellowships and are located worldwide in medical centers and industry.

Dr. Repine grew up in the Midwest. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1967 and in 1971 obtained his M.D. degree from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine where he won the Borden Prize for outstanding research. Dr. Repine completed advanced clinical training in internal medicine and a fellowship in pulmonary medicine before becoming a faculty member. Dr. Repine is married to Karen M. Repine, M.D., an ophthalmologist and LASIK surgeon, who practices at Swedish Hospital. They have three children.