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Release: Jan. 14, 2002

Fajardo named head of UI department of radiology

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College of Medicine has named Laurie Lee Fajardo, M.D., as the new head of the department of radiology. The appointment becomes effective July 1.

Fajardo will succeed Edmund A. Franken, Jr., M.D., UI professor of radiology, who has been interim head since 2000.

Fajardo is a professor of radiology and vice chair of clinical research in the Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, and professor of oncology, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.

"We are delighted that Dr. Fajardo has accepted our offer to become head of radiology," said Robert P. Kelch, M.D., dean of the UI College of Medicine and vice president for Statewide Health Services. "Dr. Fajardo has an impressive background in breast imaging advances. Under her leadership, the department will continue to forge ahead in the development and use of innovative technologies for diagnostic and therapeutic radiology."

"Dr. Fajardo's outstanding clinical and research record made her an ideal candidate for this position," said Ann Madden Rice, interim director and chief executive officer of UI Hospitals and Clinics. "I am sure that Dr. Fajardo will be a tremendous asset to UI Health Care. We all look forward to working with her."

Fajardo's appointment brings to five the number of women who head departments within UI Health Care.

"It is a genuine pleasure and an honor to assume the leadership of the department of radiology at the University of Iowa," Fajardo said. "I look forward to working with the department's many talented physicians and scientists in pursuing a goal of overwhelming excellence."

Fajardo earned her medical degree from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and her bachelor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Fajardo completed her residency in diagnostic radiology at the University of Arizona and joined the faculty there in 1990. She was head of the division of mammography and breast imaging at the University of Arizona between 1990 and 1994. Fajardo then joined the University of Virginia department of radiology as the vice chair of research and served in that position for five years before moving to her current position at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in 1999. Fajardo is board certified by the National Board of Examiners and the American Board of Radiology.

Fajardo's clinical practice and research efforts focus on mammography and digital imaging, and she has published extensively in these areas. Fajardo has received funding to conduct research studies and clinical trials on breast cancer prevention, digital mammography, stereotactic biopsy and mammographic screening, and holds patents for innovations in the area of digital mammography. Fajardo also is co-developer of a stereotactic breast imaging system used to obtain breast biopsies.

In addition to her research, Fajardo also serves in an editorial capacity for several academic journals and is active with various professional organizations.

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