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UI names two medical faculty members to clinical oversight posts

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two University of Iowa faculty members have been appointed to new administrative roles within the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Dr. Michael G. Kienzle has been named associate dean for clinical affairs and medical communications in the College of Medicine. Dr. John F. Fieselmann has been appointed director of joint outreach and clinical care coordination for the Clinical Enterprise -- the organizational body that oversees all UI patient care programs.

"These appointments will help us continue to streamline decision making and delivery of clinical services, resulting in better care for our patients," says Dr. Robert P. Kelch, dean of the college. "With their distinguished records of service, Drs. Kienzle and Fieselmann have demonstrated valuable leadership and foresight in a changing health care environment."

Kienzle, who has served as associate dean for clinical affairs since 1995, will continue to guide development of new clinical programs in the college, the UIHC and other service units. His newly expanded role will include the study and design of innovative programs and technologies that enhance communication, including long-distance education and continuing education programs for practicing physicians.

A graduate of the UI College of Medicine and a faculty member since 1984, Kienzle has been instrumental in making the UI an international leader in telemedicine -- the transmission of medical information and services from place to place using telecommunications technology. He directs the UI National Laboratory for the Study of Rural Telemedicine, a research center funded by two major federal contracts.

Fieselmann will build on his current duties as director of the Joint Office for Clinical Services to coordinate patient care programs for the Clinical Enterprise. He will oversee outreach clinics in surrounding communities; outpatient services at the UIHC; UI managed care programs; the Physician Consultation and Referral Service; and the integration of UI outreach activities, ambulatory care and inpatient treatment in collaboration with nursing and patient care services.

Fieselmann earned his medical degree at the UI College of Medicine and completed residency and fellowship programs at the UIHC. He joined the UI faculty in 1985 and has directed various clinical outreach programs for nearly a decade.