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Release: Dec. 4, 2002

UI Health Care neurosurgeon honored

Timothy Ryken, M.D., University of Iowa associate professor of neurosurgery, was recently named a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons during convocation ceremonies at the college's 88th annual Clinical Congress in San Francisco, Calif.

Ryken received his medical degree in 1988 from the UI and is currently practicing at UI Hospitals and Clinics. In 1998, Ryken attained board certification from the American Board of Neurological Surgeons. Ryken has a strong professional interest in surgical management of brain tumors and spinal disorders, and he holds membership in other professional societies, including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the Society for NeuroOncology and the American Association of Cancer Research.

The American College of Surgeons is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. By meeting the college's stringent membership requirements, Fellows of the college have earned the distinguished right to use the designation of "F.A.C.S." (Fellow, American College of Surgeons) following their names. An applicant for fellowship must be a graduate of an approved medical school; must have completed advanced training in one of the 14 surgical specialties recognized by the college; and must have been in practice in the same geographic location for at least one year at the time of his or her application. Before admission into fellowship, the surgeon must further demonstrate ethical fitness and professional proficiency, and acceptance of a Fellow of the college must be approved by three-fourths of its Board of Regents.

The convocation ceremony was the highlight of the five-day Congress. The Congress also featured reports on research in progress, postgraduate courses, panel discussions, symposia, and scientific and industrial exhibits. Total estimated attendance at the Congress was more than 15,400, including more than 8,700 physicians. Allied health professionals and members of the scientific and consumer media also attended the meeting.

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the care of the surgical patient. The college is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The college has more than 64,500 members.

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