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Head of family medicine will return to Arizona

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Dr. Evan W. Kligman, professor and head of the department of family medicine in the University of Iowa College of Medicine, will resign that position effective August 1 for family reasons and return to his home in Tucson, Ariz. The resignation was announced today by Dr. Robert P. Kelch, dean of the college.

"I am very disappointed to accept Dr. Kligman's resignation," Kelch said. "He is an outstanding physician and administrator whose talents will be missed."

Kligman came to the UI in December 1995 from the University of Arizona. He is nationally recognized for his work in preventive geriatrics and health care for older people.

Kligman said he has enjoyed his time at the UI. "I have made many, many good friends here, people who make it difficult to leave," he said. "The department of family medicine has made important advances over the past three years in clinical care, teaching, international health, geriatrics, and primary care research. The University of Iowa certainly has earned its reputation as a national leader in family medicine."

Kligman noted that he was especially proud of the university's new Family Care Center, opening in July of 1998. "It will serve as an innovative model of integrated primary care for years to come," Kligman said.

Dr. Gerald J. Jogerst will serve as interim head of the department. Jogerst also served as interim department head prior to Kligman's appointment. A nationwide search will be conducted for Kligman's replacement.