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Release: Oct. 24, 2000
Vannier will resign as head of radiology
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Michael W. Vannier, professor and head of the Department
of Radiology with University of Iowa Health Care, has announced he will resign
as department head, effective Nov. 1, to concentrate on his research. He will
remain on the faculty of the UI College of Medicine. Vannier has served as
head of the department since June 1, 1996.
Edmund A. Franken, Jr., M.D., who served as head of the UI Department of
Radiology from 1979 to 1994, will serve as interim head while the search for
a replacement is conducted. The search will begin immediately.
"We want to thank Dr. Vannier for his efforts as head of radiology
in the College of Medicine," said Robert P. Kelch, dean of the college.
"His leadership came at a time when the role of radiology in medicine
was expanding rapidly and becoming increasingly important. We also want to
thank Dr. Franken for agreeing to return as interim head as we seek to fill
this important position."
R. Edward Howell, CEO of the UI Hospitals and Clinics, echoed Kelch's sentiments.
"The past few years have seen a technological revolution in diagnostic
imaging and interventional radiology. Dr. Vannier has been at the forefront
of technological innovations and our institution has benefited greatly from
During Vannier's term as department head, a large number of outstanding
faculty were recruited to the university, according to Richard P. Nelson,
executive dean of the College of Medicine.
"We are extremely pleased at the outstanding radiologists and scientists
who have joined the university under Dr. Vannier's leadership," Nelson
During Vannier's term as head, the research enterprise of the department
grew from $1,263,738 to $5,746,827.
Prior to coming to the UI, he was at Washington University in St. Louis,
where he was professor of radiology and vice chairman for research at the
Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology. He also served as a staff radiologist
at Barnes Children's Hospital.
He is internationally known in the field of medical imaging, especially
in using computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to
portray three-dimensional representations of parts of the body.
In addition to his medical degree, he holds two undergraduate degrees in
engineering and has done extensive imaging work with the National Aeronautics
and Space Administration.
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.