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College of Medicine names head of department of anesthesia

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College of Medicine has named Dr. David L. Brown as head of the department of anesthesia. Brown, who will assume the post in September, replaces Dr. John Tinker, who resigned the position last August.

"We are pleased to welcome Dr. Brown to the UI College of Medicine," says Dr. Robert P. Kelch, dean of the college. "He brings a wealth of experience to the department of anesthesia and to the entire college."

Brown currently serves as professor of anesthesiology at the Mayo Medical School and consultant at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. A native of Ames, Iowa, he received his undergraduate degree from Iowa State University and his medical degree from the University of Minnesota. He completed his post-graduate work in anesthesiology at the Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.

He has been associated with Mayo since 1990. Prior to that, he was on the faculty of the department of anesthesiology at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Brown is nationally prominent in the field of anesthesia, having published numerous scientific articles relating to clinical anesthesia, including his specialty, regional anesthesia. He is the editor of the hallmark text in his field, "Regional Anesthesia and Analgesia," and was recently named editor-in-chief of the medical journal "Regional Anesthesia."

Kelch praised the efforts of Dr. Peter J.R. Jebson, who has served as interim head of the department since April, when Tinker left to become chair of anesthesiology at the University of Nebraska/Clarkson Medical Center.

"We would also like to thank Dr. Jebson for his exemplary efforts during this time of transition," Kelch says.