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Kasik named recipient of UI internal medicine award

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Dr. John E. Kasik, University of Iowa College of Medicine professor emeritus, has been named the recipient of the 1997 Distinguished Achievement Award by the UI department of internal medicine.

He will receive the award on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m. at Medical Alumni Auditorium at the UI Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC). The award ceremony will occur in conjunction with the "Progress in Internal Medicine" conference being held at the UIHC.

A dedicated and respected clinician, teacher, administrator and professional leader, Kasik is recognized nationally for his research on tuberculosis. He received his medical degree from the University of Chicago in 1954. He was appointed as an instructor at the University of Chicago in 1958, promoted to assistant professor in 1959 and named associate professor in 1968. Kasik moved to Iowa City in 1970 and joined the UI staff to direct Oakdale Hospital, then the care center for patients with tuberculosis. He was promoted to professor in 1973 and in 1980 was named UI associate dean for Veterans Affairs and chief of staff at the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC). He also served as medical director of respiratory therapy at the UIHC and the VAMC. He retired in 1996.

The UI Department of Internal Medicine Distinguished Achievement Award was established in 1984 to honor alumni and friends of the department who have made special contributions in internal medicine.