Albert Lowenfels has made major contributions in the field of alcohol as a cause of common chronic conditions. Initially trained as a surgeon, he has pursued a second career in gastrointestinal disease epidemiology with a focus on the role of alcohol. His special areas of interest as represented in more than 200 peer-reviewed publications include: alcohol-related illnesses, epidemiology of pancreatic cancer, and the relation between benign and malignant digestive tract disease. He is currently Professor of Surgery and Professor of Community and Preventive Medicine at New York Medical College. He is also Senior Advisor in the Department Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the European Institute of Oncology in Milan, Consultant in the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine at Weill-Cornell Medical College in Qatar, and External Advisor for a NIH-funded program to detect gene(s) for familial pancreatic cancer (PACGENE). He is a member of the American Gastrointestinal Association, of the American Pancreatic Association, and of the Panc4 Consortium, an international group of investigators associated with case-control studies of pancreatic cancer who have agreed to pool their data for cooperative studies. He also holds the post of Director of the surgical website, Medscape.