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Release: May 25, 2000

Nelson named UI College of Medicine executive dean

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Richard P. Nelson, M.D., has been promoted to the position of executive dean of the University of Iowa College of Medicine. The announcement was made by Robert P. Kelch, M.D., dean of the college. Nelson had served previously as executive associate dean of the college.

"As a result of the evolving health care environment, University of Iowa Health Care faces some extraordinarily complex challenges in the immediate future," Kelch said. "To address these challenges, I anticipate spending a greater proportion of my time in strategic efforts on behalf of University of Iowa Health Care. In order to ensure that the college has effective functional management, I have asked Dick Nelson to accept the position of executive dean."

In his new role, Nelson will assume leadership of the college's day-to-day administration. He will also play a lead role in planning for the college, which has several major capital projects underway, including the construction of the new 214,000-square-foot Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility. That building is scheduled to open in late 2001. In addition, the Board of Regents, State of Iowa recently gave the College of Medicine approval to proceed with planning of another major research building.

Nelson came to the UI College of Medicine as associate professor of pediatrics in 1987. He has served as executive associate dean and professor of pediatrics since 1994. He also has served as associate dean for continuing medical education and as associate dean in the college.

Nelson earned his undergraduate and medical degrees at Northwestern University. He has held academic and clinical appointments at Northwestern, Harvard University and the University of Minnesota, in addition to his positions at the UI.

The University of Iowa College of Medicine has 714 full-time faculty members who generated $167.5 million in research funding in Fiscal Year 1999, about two-thirds of the total research support received by the UI. It ranks in the Top 10 nationally among public medical schools in terms of National Institutes of Health research funding.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.