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College of Medicine names Sontheimer head of dermatology

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Dr. Richard Sontheimer has been named head of the department of dermatology in the University of Iowa College of Medicine. In announcing the appointment,

Dr. Robert P. Kelch, dean of the college, says, "Dr. Sontheimer's experience leading a department with complex research, clinical care and medical education components will be a tremendous asset to us. We look forward to drawing upon his administrative and clinical expertise."

The appointment is effective July 1.

Sontheimer comes to the UI from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where he currently serves as professor and vice chairman of dermatology. He also holds significant responsibility for his department's research initiatives, serving as co-director of the Skin Disease Research Core Center and director of the Dermatological Immunology/Diagnostic Immunology Clinical Laboratory. In addition, he directs the Immunodermatology Fellowship Training Program at UT Southwestern.

"Iowa has always been viewed nationally as a solid clinical department with excellent patient care," says Sontheimer. "One of my goals is to further develop the research programs of the faculty."

He is a noted immunodermatology expert and has been particularly active in the study of lupus. He currently serves on the editorial board of the international journal, Lupus.

A graduate of the Southwestern Medical School, he completed his dermatology residency and a Dermatology Foundation Research Fellowship in Immunodermatology at the same institution. He also completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Utah.