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UI WISE Distinguished Lecture set for Thursday, Oct. 1

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program's Distinguished Lecture will be given by Dr. Kim Ephgrave, professor of surgery in the UI College of Medicine, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 in Buchanan Auditorium (room W10) of the Pappajohn Business Administration Building (PBAB). Her talk is titled, "Academic Surgeon: An Oxymoron?"

Ephgrave, who directs the surgical intensive care unit at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Iowa City, operates with residents and students at UI Hospitals and Clinics and the VA Hospital on a full range of abdominal problems, such as gallbladder and colon problems, as well as endoscopy, breast surgery, and other surgical problems. She has won numerous awards for teaching, research, and surgical practice, including the National Teaching Award from the Association for Surgical Education and the Louis Holloway Award for Excellence in Research in Medical Education, both in 1996.

Ephgrave, who joined the VA Hospital staff in 1986 and came to the UI in 1987, earned her bachelor's degree in biology from the University of California-Santa Cruz in 1977 and her M.D. degree from Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine, Chicago in 1980. Following her 1980-81 internship at Loyola University Medical Center, Chicago, she took her residency in general surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas (Parkland Hospital) from 1981-86.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Donations to further WISE activities will be accepted. Additional information about WISE may be obtained by contacting Betsy Riesz at (319) 335-3509 or at