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Sprince named interim director of occupational and environmental health at UI

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Dr. Nancy Sprince has been named to an interim position in the University of Iowa College of Medicine department of preventive medicine and environmental health.

Sprince has been named interim director of the department's Division of Occupational and Environmental Health and the Institute for Rural and Environmental Health. The appointment was effective July 1.

Sprince will serve as director until a permanent director is named. She replaces Dr. James A. Merchant, who recently was named head of the department.

"Nancy is a highly qualified, nationally recognized occupational medicine physician," says Merchant, who appointed Sprince to the interim position. "She has been a key member of our faculty since 1990 and has provided divisional leadership, particularly in the training of occupational and environmental health professionals."

Sprince is director of the UI occupational medicine residency program and an associate professor of preventive medicine and environmental health and internal medicine. Her main research interests are the prevention of occupational injuries and occupational diseases, particularly occupational lung diseases.

After receiving her bachelor's and medical degrees from Boston University, Sprince completed an internal medicine residency at Montefiore Hospital in New York and a pulmonary medicine fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. In 1980, she received a master's degree in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health. She was an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and co-director of occupational medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital before joining the UI faculty in 1990.

Sprince is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and a member of the American Thoracic Society, the American Public Health Association, and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. She is also a member of the Environmental Health Sciences Review Committee for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.