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Release: June 19, 2001

Franken receives award from Association of University Radiologists

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A University of Iowa Health Care radiologist recently received the most prestigious award given by his peers at the meeting of the Association of University Radiologists (AUR) in Toronto, Canada.

The AUR honored Edmund A. Franken, Jr., M.D., UI professor of radiology, by presenting him its Gold Medal Award for his dedication as "a radiologist, scientist and teacher whose commitment to organized radiology and the AUR has enriched us all."

Franken's career in radiology began in 1963. He served as professor and head of the UI Department of Radiology from 1979 through 1984. During his tenure, the department achieved national prominence in patient care, teaching and research. Franken also received the Gold Medal Award from the Society for Pediatric Radiology in 1999.

"It is indeed humbling to receive such a high honor from my peers," Franken said. "I am profoundly grateful for all of the opportunities that I have had throughout my career to work and interact with so many outstanding colleagues."

Franken currently serves as the interim director of the UI Department of Radiology. He and his wife, Penny, live in Iowa City. Their family includes three children and four grandchildren. In their limited spare time, they enjoy walking, reading, opera and travel.

The AUR consists of more than 1,000 radiologists, residents and fellows. The mission of the AUR is to encourage excellence in radiological laboratory and clinical investigation, teaching, and clinical care, to stimulate an interest in academic radiology as a medical career and to represent academic radiology at a national level. The Gold Medal Award provides recognition for unusually distinguished service to the association, academic radiology or to the field of radiology in general.

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