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Release: Oct. 2, 2002

Candidates for dean of UI Carver College of Medicine announced

Four candidates to replace Robert P. Kelch, M.D., as dean of the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine will visit the UI campus for interviews in October.

Richard A. Walsh, M.D., the John H. Hord Professor and chairman of the department of medicine at Case Western Reserve University and physician-in-chief at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, will visit the UI campus for interviews Oct. 7-8.

Walsh is a cardiologist who also holds an appointment as professor of physiology and biophysics at Case Western. He served previously as division head of cardiology at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, during which time he also was director of the school's Cardiovascular Center.

Walsh received his bachelor of science and medical degrees from Georgetown University. After receiving his medical degree, he completed an internship at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, which was followed by a residency at the same university. He did postdoctoral work as a cardiology fellow at Georgetown University Hospital.

John C. Baldwin, M.D., associate provost for health affairs at Dartmouth College and professor of surgery at Dartmouth Medical School, will be on the UI campus Oct. 10-11.

Baldwin, a cardiothoracic surgeon, is a former dean of Dartmouth Medical School. Prior to his tenure at Dartmouth, he was the DeBakey Professor and chair of the department of surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Baldwin received his bachelor's degree from Harvard University, was a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, and earned his medical degree at Stanford University. He completed residencies in medicine and surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and is board-certified in internal medicine, surgery and thoracic surgery. His research has focused on the control of lung circulation and preservation of organs for transplantation.

Robert A. Clark, M.D., the Dan F. Parman Distinguished Professor and chair of the department of medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, will visit the UI campus for interviews Oct. 23-24.

Clark, whose work focuses on infectious diseases, assumed his present positions in 1994. Prior to his appointment at Texas, he was at the UI from 1983-94, most recently as associate chair of internal medicine and director of the Division of Infectious Diseases in the UI Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Clark holds a bachelor's degree from Syracuse University and a medical degree from Columbia University. Upon completion of his medical degree, he was an intern at the University of Washington Hospital in Seattle, a resident at Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, a senior staff fellow at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., and chief resident in medicine at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Jean E. Robillard, M.D., professor and chair of pediatrics at the University of Michigan Medical School and physician-in-chief at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, will interview on the UI campus Oct. 29-30.

Robillard, a pediatric nephrologist whose work focuses on the developmental physiology of the kidney, has held his current positions at Michigan since 1996. Prior to that, he was professor and vice chair of pediatrics, and division director of pediatric nephrology in the UI Carver College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics. He joined the UI faculty in 1974 upon completion of pediatric nephrology fellowships at the University of California Medical Center in Los Angeles and at the UI.

He received his bachelor's and medical degrees from the University of Montreal. Following receipt of his medical degree, Robillard did an internship at the Hotel Dieu Hospital and a residency in pediatrics at Ste. Justine Hospital in Montreal.

Kelch, who is also vice president for statewide health services, has been dean of the UI Carver College of Medicine since 1994. In December 2001, Kelch announced he would step down as dean to concentrate on his duties as vice president. At that time, he said he would continue to serve as dean until his successor was on board.

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