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College of Engineering Award Recipients

Service Award

Janis OrlowskiDR. JANIS M. ORLOWSKI, M.A.C.P.,
ENG '78

Washington, D.C.

Every day, Dr. Janis Orlowski asks herself if what she is doing will help the world or at least one person’s life.

“I learned this at Marquette,” she says. “I’ve also learned that I must always give back to my community.”

So beyond her role as senior vice president and chief medical officer of Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., Janis has helped support the development of a Bolivian medical clinic, worked with a Chicago orphanage and serves on the board of directors of Catholic Charities in Washington, D.C. She also sponsors clinical rotations for Marquette’s physician assistant program and has developed a new Co-op rotation for engineering students.

Janis is working to develop a regional distributed care network by integrating several clinical, research and educational programs from Washington Hospital Center, Georgetown University Hospital and two other Washington, D.C., medical facilities.

“I am also bringing an obstetrical program to an underserved area in D.C. with the nation’s highest infant mortality rate,” says Janis, who continues to practice nephrology and has a special interest in renal transplantation.

She says her family inspired her to want to achieve excellence.

“I was the first in my family to graduate from college,” she says. “My dad always said he wanted one of his children to be Dr. Orlowski. I think he may have been talking to his four boys, but I was the one who was listening.”

Fun fact: Janis’ family has quite a Marquette legacy: her husband, William McNulty, Eng ’76, and sister and brother-in-law. Her niece is a junior majoring in speech pathology in the College of Health Sciences, and her nephew graduated in 2010 and is a first-year law student.