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UI names director of Emergency Treatment Center

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Dr. Alfred R. Hansen, professor in the department of emergency medicine at East Carolina University School of Medicine in Greenville, N.C., has been named director of the Emergency Treatment Center (ETC) at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, effective Jan. 1. Hansen succeeds Dr. Suehila Smith, who served as interim director of the ETC since May 1997.

"I am excited about this opportunity to return to Iowa for both personal and professional reasons," Hansen said. My wife, Wendy, and I see Iowa City as an ideal place to raise our children. In addition, I view the directorship of the Emergency Treatment Center as a wonderful challenge -- an opportunity to link the tremendous resources of the institution with the community it serves."

Hansen's spouse, Dr. Wendy Fetterman Hansen, will also join the staff of the UIHC and faculty of the UI College of Medicine as an assistant professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology, specializing in maternal-fetal medicine.

Hansen noted that his decision to come to the UI was based on many factors, among them the UIHC's reputation as a national leader in health care; his admiration of the talented faculty and staff who provide top-quality care in the ETC; and his respect for the leadership of the UIHC and College of Medicine.

"I am extremely pleased with the support given to me by the leadership. They have indicated tangible ways they desire to develop an emergency department on par with the excellence that exists in so many other clinical areas of the institution. I look forward to fostering a team approach among all staff to support a strong educational mission and to provide service to the community in any way we can," Hansen said.

Hansen was selected following a nationwide search that began last fall. Search committee chairman, Dr. Michael Shasby, department of internal medicine, said, "The committee was very excited to be able to recommend a candidate of Dr. Hansen's caliber. His qualifications are outstanding."

An emergency room physician since the early 1980s, Hansen received certification in emergency medicine and was named a diplomate by the American Board of Emergency Medicine in 1988. That same year he was designated a fellow by the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Hansen's expertise in emergency medicine is recognized nationally with his service in 1993 as a site surveyor for the American College of Surgeons, Trauma Center Verification Committee.

A native of Montana, Hansen is familiar with the UI, having received a master's degree and doctorate in pharmacology at the UI, and a medical degree from the UI College of Medicine in 1977. He continued his training at the North Carolina Memorial Hospital and University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, N.C. While there, he completed an internship in surgery, a residency in family medicine, and a fellowship in emergency and outpatient services in the department of surgery.

At the UI Hansen will join the ETC, which is aligned with the Joint Office for Clinical Outreach Services and Clinical Care Coordination, headed by Dr. John Fieselmann. "Dr. Hansen is a dedicated emergency physician who will bring out the best in our current staff and provide the leadership to recruit new faculty and staff members as needed to enhance the quality health care already being delivered in the ETC," Fieselmann said.

At his request, Hansen will receive an academic appointment as professor of clinical surgery in the department of surgery. Dr. Carol Scott-Conner, head of the UI department of surgery, said, "Dr. Hansen's leadership qualities and expertise in emergency medicine will be a tremendous asset to this department, and we are thrilled to have attracted a physician of his standing."

Although Hansen will not begin his official duties until January 1999, he has agreed to serve as a consultant in the late fall to help initiate recruiting efforts for the ETC.