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Release: May 21, 2001

UI College of Medicine to hold faculty celebration May 21

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College of Medicine will host a faculty celebration beginning at 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 21 in the Atrium Dining Room on the seventh floor of the John Colloton Pavilion in the UI Hospitals and Clinics.

The celebration will include an address by Robert P. Kelch, M.D., dean of the College and UI Vice President for Statewide Health Services.

In addition, a number of UI medical faculty members will be honored. Peter Rubenstein, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry, will receive the Dr. John P. Long Teaching Award in the Basic Sciences. This award is for a faculty member in a basic science department who exemplifies the characteristics of Long, Roy J. Carver Professor Emeritus and former head of the UI department of pharmacology who was known for his dedication as an educator and for his career-long research interests. The award also recognizes administrative service on behalf of the basic science departments.

Raymond Tannous, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics, will receive the Dr. Ernest O. Theilen Clinical Teaching and Service Award. This honor goes to a faculty member in a clinical department who epitomizes the characteristics of Theilen, whose service as a physician, advocate for the college, representative of the UI Hospitals and Clinics, and mentor to medical students exemplifies the ideals for clinical teaching and service.

Kimberly Ephgrave, M.D., the Robert and Hélène Soper Endowed Chair and professor in the UI department of surgery, will receive the Faculty Service Award. This award recognizes a faculty member who has made a significant contribution to the college in the area of academic service.

Scott Vogelgesang, M.D., associate professor of internal medicine, will receive the Lewis D. Holloway Award for Research in Health Sciences Education. This award is given in recognition of extraordinary contributions to collegiate educational research and integration of innovations into the health sciences curriculum.

Gary Hunninghake, M.D., the Sterba Professor of Internal Medicine, and Jeffrey Pessin, Ph.D., UI Foundation Distinguished Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, will be honored for receiving 2001 Regents Awards for Faculty Excellence. This award honors tenured UI faculty members with outstanding records of achievement in teaching, scholarship and service.

Fred Dick, M.D., professor of pathology, and Ellen Gordon, M.D., professor of internal medicine, will be honored for receiving UI Collegiate Teaching Awards. Recipients of this award demonstrate excellence in the following areas: teaching students; enhancing student learning and contributing to students' development; analysis of their teaching materials and class activities; using scholarly works or creative achievements to enhance the quality of their teaching; and how students evaluate the recipients' teaching.

UI President Mary Sue Coleman, Ph.D., who also holds faculty appointments in the UI College of Medicine department of biochemistry and the UI College of Liberal Arts department of biological sciences, will be honored for being named earlier this year to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Bruce Gantz, M.D., the Brian McCabe Distinguished Chair and head of otolaryngology – head and neck surgery, will be honored for his induction last October to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

R. Edward Howell, director and CEO of the UI Hospitals and Clinics, will be honored for being named last November to a one-year appointment as chair of the national Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education.

Madgetta Dungy, Ph.D., will be honored for her appointment last year as assistant dean for faculty affairs in the UI College of Medicine.

Three faculty members will be recognized for receiving endowed chairs or professorships between July 2000 and April 2001. Gary Hunninghake, M.D., was named the Sterba Professor of Internal Medicine; Paul James, M.D., was named the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians Endowed Chair in Rural Medicine; and Frank Zlatnik, M.D., was named the William C. Keettel Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

In addition, the celebration will recognize College of Medicine faculty members who received promotions last July, as well as those who will receive faculty promotions beginning July 1, 2001.

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