WRITER: KATE THAYER
CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
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Release: April 23, 2001
Three UI faculty inducted into the Association of American Physicians
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Three University of Iowa College of Medicine faculty
members will be inducted into the Association of American Physicians (AAP)
Sunday, April 29 at the AAP's annual business meeting. The UI inductees are
among 55 physicians elected as AAP members this year.
This year's inductees are Nancy Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D., Andrew H. Woods
Professor of Psychiatry and director of the UI Mental Health Clinical Research
Center; Richard Sontheimer, M.D.; and Larry Tobacman, M.D.
Andreasen received the National Medal of Science last December for her work
in biological sciences and her research in schizophrenia. She earned her medical
degree from the UI in 1970 and joined the medical faculty in 1973. Her research
interests and specialties include brain imaging, creativity, genetic and family
studies and schizophrenia.
Andreasen is editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Psychiatry. She
has served as chair of the International Advisory Board for the Nobel Symposium
on Schizophrenia and is past president of the American Psychopathological
Association and the Psychiatric Research Society.
She is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of
Sciences and has twice been elected to serve on its governing council.
Richard Sontheimer, M.D., professor and head of dermatology, joined the
UI faculty in 1998. He was previously a professor and vice-chairman of dermatology
at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where he
obtained his medical degree in 1972.
He is an immunodermatology expert and has a specific interest in the study
of the skin problems that occur in patients with lupus erythematosus and dermatomyositis.
He belongs to a number of professional organizations including the American
Society of Clinical Investigation and the American Dermatological Association
and was the founding president of the Medical Dermatology Society. He currently
serves on the Medical Advisory Council of the Lupus Foundation of America,
and is a member of the editorial boards of the medical journals Lupus and
the International Journal of Dermatology. He also served as the president
of the Iowa Dermatological Society 1998-1999.
Larry Tobacman, M.D., professor of internal medicine and biochemistry, came
to the UI in 1986. Tobacman received his medical training at Case Western
Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and his research training in cell biology
and biochemistry at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute in Bethesda,
Tobacman's clinical and research interests involve the biochemistry of contractile
proteins. He is currently investigating the properties and actions of the
proteins that directly control cardiac and skeletal muscle contraction, and
the mechanisms by which genetic defects in cardiac proteins cause inherited
heart disease. His work is supported by the National Institutes of Health
and the American Heart Association.
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