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Release: July 30, 2001

Howard named head of new department of neurosurgery

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Matthew A. Howard III, M.D., has been named head of the new department of neurosurgery at the University of Iowa. Howard's appointment became effective July 12.

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa approved the creation of this new department within the UI College of Medicine late last year. The new department was formed from the neurosurgery division in the UI department of surgery.

"We are extremely pleased that Dr. Howard has accepted our offer to become the first head of neurosurgery," said Robert P. Kelch, M.D., dean of the College of Medicine. "His many contributions to advances in all areas of neurosurgery make him an excellent choice to lead the department."

Kelch noted that Howard is nationally recognized for his research in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery, epilepsy surgery and cerebral cortex physiology and that he also is active in the development of novel medical devices. In fact, Howard has been awarded numerous patents for medical devices including one for the use of precisely generated magnetic fields to guide specialized medical instruments through the brain.

"I am extremely excited about this opportunity to work for the new department of neurosurgery and the College of Medicine," Howard said. "We have a superb faculty, the department's clinical services are already among the finest in the nation, and our research enterprise is expanding rapidly and includes highly innovative programs. In my opinion, we are ideally positioned to evolve into one of the truly dominant academic neurosurgery programs in the country."

Howard continued, "There is a wonderful collaborative atmosphere and sense of collegiality at the University of Iowa that we intend to contribute to and continue to benefit from. I believe that neurosurgery will evolve radically in this century, and we can lead this change through hard work, creative thinking, and by keeping a totally open mind to innovation."

Howard earned his medical degree from the University of Virginia and received his bachelor's degree from Tufts University, majoring in physics. Howard joined the faculty of the UI College of Medicine in 1993 as an assistant professor of surgery. Howard moved to the UI from the University of Washington in Seattle where he completed his residency in neurosurgery. During his residency Howard also spent one year training at Atkinson Morleys Hospital in London, England.

Howard is affiliated with the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons.

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