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UI College of Medicine professor and dean wins American Heart Association award

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Dr. Allyn Mark, Roy J. Carver Professor of Internal Medicine and associate dean for research and graduate programs at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, has won a 1998 American Heart Association (AHA) Award of Meritorious Achievement.

The award, typically presented to four or five individuals each year, goes to people who have made an important contribution to the AHA in the development of its national programs.

Mark was nominated for his scientific contributions, national and international academic leadership, and his contributions to the AHA programs on the national and regional levels, and for his service on the various councils of which he was a member.

Upon receiving this award, Mark joins the ranks of other notable faculty of the UI College of Medicine, such as Dr. Harold Adams, who won the award in 1997, and Dr. Richard Kerber, who won it in 1996.

"Dr. Mark demonstrates the excellence in research and scholarship that marks the College of Medicine faculty," says Dr. Robert P. Kelch, dean of the college. "These are the type of achievements that heighten our pride in the college."

Mark, a UI faculty member for more than 30 years and a member of the AHA for nearly that long, will receive the award June 26 at the national AHA meeting in Dallas.