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Release: April 16, 2003

Helms Is President-Elect Of Iowa Medical Society

University of Iowa Health Care physician Charles M. Helms, M.D., Ph.D., was elected president-elect of the Iowa Medical Society on Sunday, April 13 during the organization's annual meeting in Des Moines.

Helms is a professor of internal medicine in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and chief of staff at UI Hospitals and Clinics. He also serves as medical director of the Office of Clinical Outcomes and Resource Management at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

He joined the UI faculty in 1976 after serving as a medical officer in the U.S. Public Health Service at the Laboratory of Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. He has served as acting director of the division of infectious diseases, acting director of the division of general medicine, and director of clinical programs in the UI department of internal medicine and as associate dean in the UI Carver College of Medicine.

Helms holds a bachelor's degree from Cornell University. He earned his medical degree and a doctorate in microbiology from the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, N.Y. He was a resident in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. In 1985-86, as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, he served on the majority staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources.

Helms has been a member of the Iowa Medical Society for more than 20 years. Since 1999, he has served as an at-large member of the IMS board of directors, board secretary-treasurer in 2002 and board chair in 2003. He will take office as president of the IMS in April 2004.

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

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