WRITER: LENA BAKER
CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
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Release: May 31, 2002
UI Carver College of Medicine honors six graduates with Distinguished
Six University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
alumni were presented with Distinguished Alumni Awards at a ceremony May 30
in Iowa City.
The college's Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest collegiate honor
bestowed upon an alumnus. Established in 1998, the awards are given annually
in two categories: achievement and service.
The Award for Service is presented to alumni for meritorious service to
their community, state or nation. This year's recipients are Nile Dusdieker,
M.D., and Thin Thin Hlaing, M.S.
Dusdieker received his bachelor's degree in 1970 and his medical degree
in 1974 at the UI. He was honored for his service as a practitioner, medical
educator and community leader in Cedar Rapids. Along with a successful internal
medicine practice, he is a volunteer faculty member for the college, teaching
family practice and internal medicine residents. Outside of medicine, he served
on the Clear Creek-Amana School Board for 10 years, including a four-year
term as president. Dusdieker is also an accomplished musician, having received
a bachelor of music degree along with his bachelor of arts degree from the
UI. He resides in North Liberty.
Thin Thin Hlaing received a master's degree in biochemistry from the UI
in 1961. She was honored for her service to medical education in her home
country of Myanmar (formerly Burma). Her efforts helped develop the field
of biochemistry in Myanmar, which made it possible for the Institute of Medicine,
Yangoon, to offer a master's degree in biochemistry. She also was involved
in numerous multicultural programs to benefit the institution and its students.
She served as the first professor of biochemistry at the Institute of Medicine,
Yangoon, and currently serves as chair and professor of biochemistry at Defense
Services Institute of Medicine in Myanmar.
The Award for Achievement honors alumni for significant accomplishments
in science and medicine. This year's recipients are John Herr, Ph.D., Diane
Magrane, M.D., Roy Pitkin, M.D., and Jean Robillard, M.D.
Herr received his Ph.D. degree in medicine from the UI in 1978. He was honored
for his outstanding research and scientific vision. His leading research in
reproductive immunology led to new approaches in contraception in the United
States. He established and directs the Center for Recombinant Gamete Contraceptive
Vaccinogens, an internationally recognized center in reproductive immunology
at the University of Virginia. Herr has translated many of his research findings
into inventions in the fields of infertility, contraception, forensic science
and cancer biology. He resides in Ivy, Va.
Magrane is a 1974 graduate of the UI, where she also received her medical
degree in 1978. She was honored for her achievements as a visionary leader
in medical education and champion of women's health as a clinician and a scholar.
Magrane has made important educational contributions, such as the co-development
of a model, "New Clerkship Director's Workshop," which is now employed
across several disciplines. Magrane is professor of obstetrics and gynecology
and associate dean for medical education at the University of Vermont College
of Medicine. As associate dean, she developed the new Vermont Integrated Curriculum
for undergraduate medical education. She also has served as director of clinical
clerkship programs in obstetrics and gynecology at both Vermont and St. Louis
University Medical School. She is actively involved in several national organizations
and was recently elected the 2002 president for the Association of Professors
of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Magrane resides in North Hero, Vt.
Pitkin received his bachelors degree in 1956, his medical degree in
1959, and completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology in 1963 at
the UI. He was honored for his achievements as one of the leading academic
obstetrician-gynecologists in the United States. Among his greatest achievements
is the development of the method to determine fetal maturity through amniocentesis.
Throughout his career, Pitkin was known as a champion of the education of
medical students. He served as president of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation,
the Society of Perinatal Obstetricians, the American Gynecological and Obstetrical
Society and as editor of the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has also
led many National Academy of Sciences panels dealing with issues related to
nutrition in pregnancy. He is retired and resides in La Quinta, Calif.
Robillard participated in a fellowship in pediatrics at the UI in 1974.
He was honored for his achievements in the field of pediatrics and pediatric
nephrology. His research helped create the field of fetal renal physiology
and influenced international efforts to explore and develop knowledge of the
kidney and vascular system. During his 20-year term as director of the nephrology
division in the UI Department of Internal Medicine, Robillard built an internationally
recognized research and research-training program. He is currently chair of
the University of Michigan pediatrics department as well as physician-in-chief
for Mott Children's Hospital. He resides in Ann Arbor, Mich.
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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.