Dr. Cowan

Mark Cowan, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Attending, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care
Director, Baltimore VA Medical Center Medical Intensive Care Unit

Department: Division
Medicine: Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Special Interests: Critical Care Medicine
Medical Degree: University of Colorado
Residency: George Washington University Hospital
Fellowship: National Institutes of Health, Critical Care Medicine
Certification: Internal Medicine


Dr. Cowan recently joined the University of Maryland after completing his fellowship and research training at the National Institutes of Health. His clinical and teaching interests have continued to focus on critical care medicine, and especially on the management of sepsis/septic shock and ARDS.

Dr. Cowan has been setting up a bench laboratory at the University of Maryland to continue and extend his investigations on the role of eicosanoids and cigarette smoke in airway epithelial injury, and will have extensive collaborations with other university departments including physiology, surgery and pharmacology. He expects to be fully and independently funded within the next few years.

Dr. Cowan has been intimately involved in organizing and contributing to two new courses being developed within the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine. One is a basic physiology course aimed at clinical fellows, while the other is an overview of laboratory research, intended for the fellows entering their research years.

Current Rank: Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Maryland

Current Position: Attending, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care
Director, Baltimore VA Medical Center Intensive Care Unit

Research Interests:

  • Airway epithelial cell biology and airway inflammation

  • Asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

  • Sepsis/septic shock

  • ARDS

Current Grant Support:

State of Maryland OTRD: The role of eicosanoids, poyamines and tobacco smoke in airway epithelial cell restitution. (2003-2004).


  • MD - University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, 1989

  • House Staff Training: The George Washington University Hospital, Washington, D.C., 1989-2003

  • Fellowship Training Critical Care Medicine; The National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, 1993-1994, 1995-2001

  • Fellowship Training Pulmonary Medicine; The University of Michigan Hospitals, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1994-1995

Contact Information:
1-800-373-4111 (physicians only)
1-800-492-5538 (patients only)
1-410-328-8919 (news media only)

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