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Release: June 27, 2002

Sakornbut named new executive director of medical education foundation

Ellen Sakornbut, M.D., has been selected as the new executive director of the Northeast Iowa Medical Education Foundation in Waterloo. She will begin this position Sept. 1.

Sakornbut will succeed John Sutherland, M.D., who has led the foundation for the past 10 years. He will continue as a full-time faculty member at the foundation.

The Northeast Iowa Medical Education Foundation is an affiliate of the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. Established 26 years ago, the foundation's purpose is to coordinate undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education programs for the Waterloo hospitals and the physician community of northeast Iowa. The foundation also serves as the UI's Regional Medical Education Center for that region.

As executive director, Sakornbut will provide leadership for the foundation and serve as a liaison with the UI. She will develop and mentor her full-time faculty members as well as teach resident physicians and UI medical students. She will also participate in research activities and direct the foundation's family practice residency program. She was selected as one of three finalists for the position after a national search.

Sakornbut is a graduate of Wright State University Medical School. She did her family practice residency at the University of South Alabama. She has had teaching and administrative positions at three major academic health centers in Alabama, Texas and Tennessee. Sakornbut is currently a professor at the University of Tennessee-Memphis, where she directs the UT-Baptist Family Practice Residency.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.