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Release: Jan. 31, 2002
Photo: David H. Nielsen,
Ph.D., professor and director of the University of Iowa College of Medicine
Graduate Program in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science and recently
appointed head of the college's Division of Associated Medical Sciences
Nielsen Heads UI College Of Medicine's Associated Medical Sciences
H. Nielsen, Ph.D., professor and director of the University of Iowa College
of Medicine Graduate Program in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science,
has been named head of the college's Division of Associated Medical Sciences.
The appointment was effective Jan. 1.
Nielsen replaces Marian Schwabbauer, Ph.D., who became
the College of Medicine's interim associate dean for student affairs and curriculum.
"Dr. Nielsen has shown outstanding leadership as director
of the physical therapy program, which today is regarded as one of the top
programs in the nation," said UI College of Medicine Dean Robert P. Kelch,
M.D. "I am confident that he will bring the same high level of administrative
experience and judgment to his role as head of the associated medical sciences
Nielsen will continue to serve as director of the
physical therapy program in addition to his new responsibilities.
The Division of Associated Medical Sciences is comprised
of five academic units: the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program, the Graduate
Program in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, the Nuclear Medicine
Technology Program, the Physician Assistant Program, and the Radiation Science
A UI faculty member since 1975, Nielsen has served
as director of the physical therapy program since 1992. In addition to his
administrative duties, he teaches program courses on cardiopulmonary therapeutics
and biomedical instrumentation. Nielsen's research interests include cardiopulmonary
rehabilitation, cardiovascular responses to therapeutic exercise, efficacy
studies of lower extremity prostheses and body composition analysis.
The UI Graduate Program in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
Science is ranked third in the nation, according to U.S. News & World
Reports rankings of America's best graduate schools.
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