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Release: July 19, 2000

Bladder cancer specialist joins UI Health Care

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Michael A. O'Donnell, M.D., a specialist in treating patients with urologic cancers, specifically bladder cancers, has joined the University of Iowa Cancer Center as an associate professor of urology and director of urologic oncology.

A board-certified urologist, O'Donnell offers a full spectrum of bladder care options, from early detection of bladder cancer to treatment and bladder reconstruction.

A 1984 graduate of Duke University's School of Medicine, O'Donnell will divide his time between the UI Cancer Center, working with prostate and bladder cancer patients, and the Urology Clinic at the UI Hospitals and Clinics, as well as continuing his research on bladder cancers.

O'Donnell completed the Harvard Urology Residency Program, and a fellowship at Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, and Whitehead Institute of Biomedical Research, Cambridge, Mass. He was a clinical fellow and a research fellow in surgery at Harvard Medical School, as well as an instructor in surgery there.

He has served as an assistant professor of surgery at Harvard, an assistant urologist at Harvard University Health Services, and an associate in surgery and urology at Beth Israel Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, both in Boston. He was director of urologic laparoscopic surgery at Beth Israel Hospital and director of the Beth Israel Deaconess Bladder Cancer Center.

His major research interest at the UI College of Medicine will be in the development of recombinant BCG for bladder cancer immunotherapy, the mechanism of anti-cancer action of BCG and cytokines, and the role of FAS in mediating cancer apoptosis. He is currently the director of several national clinical trials using immune therapy to treat bladder cancer.


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