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Release: Feb. 26, 2002

Ephgrave named associate dean for student affairs and curriculum in UI College of Medicine

Kimberly S. Ephgrave, M.D., professor of surgery, has been named associate dean for student affairs and curriculum in the University of Iowa College of Medicine. She replaces Peter Densen, M.D., who resigned the post effective Jan. 1 to become interim head of the UI department of internal medicine. Ephgrave's appointment, which was announced by Robert P. Kelch, M.D., College of Medicine dean and vice president for statewide health services, is effective March 31.

"I am extremely pleased that Dr. Ephgrave has accepted this important leadership position in the College of Medicine," Kelch said. "She brings to the associate deanship a superb combination of abilities, experience and skills. I look forward to working with her on the college's leadership team."

Among her duties as associate dean will be oversight of the college's medical education programs, including admissions, student financial aid, course development and scheduling, counseling, and student records. The office oversees the administration of the four-year medical degree program and the coordination of that program with the Medical Scientist Training Program in which students simultaneously pursue the M.D. and the Ph.D. degrees.

Ephgrave said the position was attractive in part because of the record of achievement established by the Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum (OSAC).

"Under Peter Densen's leadership, the OSAC staff has done a remarkable job of implementing a revised medical curriculum over the past five years," Ephgrave said. "The University of Iowa is now seen nationally as a leader in innovative medical education.

"My original motivation for becoming an academic physician was the opportunity to teach. I am tremendously excited to be able to devote more time to thinking about medical education and to join the talented OSAC staff in their work with medical students.

"Perhaps the most attractive aspect of this position is the long history the Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum has of providing outstanding support to medical students. I am committed to

making sure each student has our unwavering support as they pursue their degrees at the University of Iowa College of Medicine."

With the announcement of Ephgrave's appointment, Allyn L. Mark, M.D., interim executive dean of the College, offered his gratitude to Marian Schwabbauer, Ph.D., assistant dean for student affairs and curriculum, who had served as the head of OSAC on an interim basis following Densen's departure.

"Marian did an outstanding job of making certain that the Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum continued to serve our students, and of administering our education programs while at the same time fulfilling her responsibilities as assistant dean," Mark said. "I am extremely grateful for her capable stewardship during the interim period."

Ephgrave came to the UI as an associate in the department of surgery in 1986. In 1987 she was appointed assistant professor in the department. She was promoted to associate professor in 1991 and was named professor in 1995. She has served as chief of surgical services at the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center (ICVAMC) since 1992. She will resign from that administrative post. She will continue to perform surgery at the ICVAMC and at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

During her career, she has won numerous awards for her teaching, including the first national Outstanding Teaching Award from the Association for Surgical Education. Ephgrave's clinical expertise lies in the areas of gastrointestinal surgery and critical care.

She has also been active in professional associations. She has served as president of the Association of Women Surgeons, as secretary of the Association of VA Surgeons and as a member of the Medical Student Committee of the American College of Surgeons.

She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California-Santa Cruz and earned her medical degree from the Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine in Illinois. She did her surgery residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas.

The UI College of Medicine ranks eighth nationally in primary care and third in rural medicine, according to U.S. News & World Report magazine's latest guide to America's best graduate schools. The guide's comprehensive ranking of the nation's 124 accredited medical schools placed the College 10th among public institutions and 29th overall.


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