Mr. Lowry is Director of the Chronic Disease Service at the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) College of Public Health (CPH). Mr. Lowry earned his Mater of Public Health degree from the University of Oklahoma. Mr. Lowry entered public health in 1990 as an infectious disease epidemiologist in the Acute Disease Service at the Oklahoma State Department of Health where he served as surveillance officer before assuming the position of senior tuberculosis epidemiologist.
Mr. Lowry was recruited by the Oklahoma City- County Health Department (one of two autonomous county health departments in Oklahoma) in 1997, to establish the Epidemiology Services Program where he served as the Administrator for 15 years. During that time Mr. Lowry served on the board of directors for the Oklahoma Epidemiologist and Practitioners in Infection Control (OEPIC), as a founding board member of the Health Alliance for the Uninsured (HAU), and Chaired the TB Patient Management Information Technology Joint Application Development Committee, Centers for Disease Control (CDC)/National Tuberculosis Controllers Association (NTCA). Additionally Mr. Lowry served as Co-Chair with State Senator Susan Paddock for the Governor’s Task Force for the Elimination of Health Disparities. It was during service on the Governor’s Task Force when Mr. Lowry’s passion for work in the prevention and control of chronic diseases began.
Mr. Lowry joined an outstanding staff at the OSDH Chronic Disease Service in 2013 with a desire to partner in the building of a world class chronic disease prevention and control service. Mr. Lowry has a keen interest in demonstrating how social determinants impact medical outcomes, and the use of that knowledge as a planning tool for addressing disease burden.