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UI medical faculty member named to Sahai Family Professorship

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Dr. Jerold Woodhead, associate professor of pediatrics in the University of Iowa College of Medicine, has been appointed to the Sahai Family Professorship of Medical Education. The appointment was effective Dec. 8.

The Sahai Professorship provides an annual stipend for the UI faculty member responsible for the college's core medical curriculum related to primary care education in community settings.

The professorship was endowed in June by a gift from the Sahai family of Webster City to the UI College of Medicine capital campaign, "Seeking Knowledge for Healing." The gift of more than $500,000 was made through the Sahai Family Foundation for Educational Excellence.

Woodhead, who is the college's curriculum director for third- and fourth-year clinical courses, said, "I'm delighted to receive this appointment made possible by the Sahai family. The Sahai Professorship will help us keep the curriculum up-to-date and provide clinical education opportunities for students that prepare them for residencies in primary care or specialties requiring frequent contact with primary care physicians. The College of Medicine recognizes the importance of primary care to the health of Iowans."

Woodhead earned his bachelor's degree from Stanford University and his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and was a postdoctoral fellow in pediatric nutrition and pediatric nephrology at the UI.

A member of the UI College of Medicine faculty since 1982, Woodhead teaches and develops case-based learning courses in pediatrics for first- and second-year medical students and generalist core courses for third- and fourth-year medical students. Woodhead has promoted the use of computerized multimedia methods for medical education and developed curricula used nationally for medical students in pediatrics. He served as president of the Iowa Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics from 1991 to 1994.

Sahai family members making the collective gift that created the professorship included Subhash C. Sahai, M.D., a 1973 graduate of the College of Medicine, and his wife, Sushma Sahai, M.D.; his brother Anil K. Sahai, D.O., Ph.D., and his wife, Nutan Sahai; their parents, Prem Sahai, Ph.D., and his wife, Urmila Sahai; and other family members. The Sahai physicians practice at their clinic in Webster City. Four of the Sahai children (grandchildren of Prem and Urmila Sahai) are current or former students at the UI.

Dr. Richard Nelson, executive associate dean of the UI College of Medicine, said, "Professorships are essential to our ability to graduate medical students who are highly skilled and prepared to practice medicine in the next century. We're excited that Dr. Woodhead will be providing leadership in the area of clinical care, and we're grateful to the Sahais for their commitment to medical education at Iowa."

The Sahai Professorship is one of six professorships that will be created through "Seeking Knowledge for Healing." In September the Sahai family also contributed $3.25 million to the capital campaign in September for construction of the college's planned Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility.