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Release: June 11, 2001

UI College of Medicine honors six graduates with Distinguished Alumni Awards

Six University of Iowa College of Medicine alumni were presented with Distinguished Alumni Awards at a ceremony and luncheon June 8 in Iowa City.

The college's Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest collegiate honor bestowed upon an alumnus. Established in 1998, the awards are given annually in two categories: achievement and service.

The Award for Achievement honors alumni for significant accomplishments in science and medicine. This year's recipients are Lawrence Einhorn, M.D., and Bradley Hyman, M.D., Ph.D.

Einhorn is a 1967 graduate of the UI College of Medicine. He holds the rank of distinguished professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He joined the Indiana faculty in 1974 and soon led the development and testing of a new drug therapy for testicular cancer that dramatically improved outcomes for patients. The "Einhorn regimen," as the therapy is sometimes called, remains a landmark in testicular cancer treatment. When bicyclist Lance Armstrong was diagnosed with advanced testicular cancer, he sought Einhorn and traveled to Indiana for treatment; Armstrong would go on to win both the 1999 and 2000 Tour de France races.

Hyman received his Ph.D. degree in 1982 and his medical degree in 1983 at the UI. He completed his medical residency in 1988 and a fellowship in 1989, also at the UI. Hyman is professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and a neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. He also serves as assistant director of the Massachusetts Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at the hospital, providing clinical care and conducting research. He is currently exploring Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia and testing therapeutic models in transgenic mice.

The Award for Service is presented to alumni for meritorious service to their community, state or nation. This year's recipients are Paula Youngberg Arnell, M.D., Vincent Carstensen, M.D., and Virginia Shepherd, Ph.D.

Arnell received her medical degree in 1964 and completed her medical residency in 1969 at the UI. She is an anatomic and clinical pathologist in her native Rock Island, Ill. She balances a professional practice while providing service to her community. She played a leading role in establishing the Quad Cities' first dedicated mammography center and the development of the first fine-needle aspiration program. She also sits on a number of corporate and educational boards, including Trinity Regional Health System's board of trustees, Iowa Health System's board of directors, and Augustana College's board of trustees and research foundation board.

Carstensen received his UI medical degree in 1939. He was born and raised in Waverly, Iowa. After completing his medical degree at the UI, he returned to Waverly in 1947 to establish his practice. He saw patients on a full-time basis until 1983, then began seeing patients on a part-time basis until his retirement in 1997. He also served, including seven years as chief of staff, at Waverly Municipal Hospital, as well as Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo. He also made time to support community activities. He served on the Waverly Airport Commission, was chairman of the local Chamber of Commerce and helped establish Waverly's first industrial park. His dedication to his community earned him the Chamber of Commerce Citizenship Award in 1984, and the Waverly Citizen of the Year award in 1986.

Shepherd earned her bachelor's degree (1970), master's degree (1972) and Ph.D. degree (1975) at the UI. She is a professor of pathology and medicine, an associate professor of biochemistry, and a research career scientist at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. In addition to her research activities, Shepherd also helps inspire young people to pursue careers in science, and she remains passionate about science education outreach. She has developed interactive CD-ROM programs on immunology, neuroscience and genetics for junior high and high school students. She also helped establish the Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science Program, where university students present science lessons to fifth and sixth grade classrooms.

Also at the awards ceremony, a special honor for achievement and science was presented to John Eckstein, M.D.

Eckstein received his medical degree in 1950 and completed his medical residency in 1954 at the UI. He then began his career in cardiovascular research at the university, leading numerous studies related to blood circulation and blood pressure. He also contributed his expertise and talents to professional organizations and research societies, including the American Heart Association, which he served as president. Eckstein was appointed dean of the UI College of Medicine in 1970, and he held that position until 1991. As dean, he helped to expand and enhance the college's academic, research, patient care efforts during an era of tremendous growth and change in academic medicine. Eckstein is currently Dean Emeritus for the College of Medicine.

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