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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 his expertise."

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 said.

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.

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