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Robert Owen, MD
M_MED-VAMC-GAST
Clinical Professor

513 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94117

Career Narrative
My clinical work includes gastroenterology, general internal medicine, intestinal infectious diseases, HIV infection and AIDS, travel medicine and medical effects of military occupational environmental exposures, especially in Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, Vietnam (Agent Orange) and Ionizing Radiation exposed veterans. I am also a Compensation & Pension examiner for the Department of Veterans Affairs.


Research Interests:
My work has involved delineation of the structure and function of Peyer's patches and other mucosal
lymphoid organs, using ultrastructure, immunohistology, morphometric analysis, and FACS analysis in
immunocompetent and immunodeficient animal models. Clinical research interests include diarrhea and
intestinal infections, identifying the role of opportunistic pathogens including Giardia, Cryptosporidia,
Microsporidia and Mycobacterium avium.

Education and Training

Location Degree or Training Specialty Date
University of California, San Francisco Residency Gastroenterology

Awarded Grants

Project Title Project Number Fiscal Year
INTESTINAL IMMUNE RESPONSE: REGULATION AND MECHANISMS P01AM033004 1986
Recent Articles (3)

Wang QP, Wu ZD, Wei J, Owen RL, Lun ZR. Human Angiostrongylus cantonensis: an update. Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2012 Apr; 31(4):389-95.

Schmucker DL, Owen RL, Outenreath R, Thoreux K. Basis for the age-related decline in intestinal mucosal immunity. Clin Dev Immunol. 2003 Jun-Dec; 10(2-4):167-72.

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