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Release: May 17, 2002

UI Health Care physicians elected to Iowa Medical Society posts

Two University of Iowa Health Care physicians will serve in leadership positions in the Iowa Medical Society (IMS).

IMS members recently re-elected Charles Helms, M.D., Ph.D., to their board of directors and subsequently the board named him to its chairmanship position. As chair of the board, Helms will help set IMS policy on key health care issues affecting Iowa patients and physicians.

Helms is currently professor of internal medicine in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and chief of staff and medical director, Office of Clinical Outcomes and Resource Management, at UI Hospitals and Clinics. Helms has practiced medicine as an internist and infectious disease specialist for 31 years.

IMS members also elected Siroos Shirazi, M.D., to a one-year term as an alternate delegate from the Iowa Medical Society to the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates. Shirazi is a professor of surgery in the UI Carver College of Medicine and a surgeon at UI Hospitals and Clinics, with clinical expertise in surgery, esophagitis, gastrointestinal cancer and gastrointestinal surgery.

As a delegate from the IMS, Shirazi will attend meetings of the AMA governing body and participate in policymaking on key national health care issues. Shirazi is a past IMS president.

The Iowa Medical Society is the professional association representing Iowa physicians and doctors of osteopathy. The core purpose of the IMS is to assure the highest quality of health care in Iowa through members' roles as physicians and patient advocates.

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