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University of Iowa News Release

Dec. 4, 2003

Iannettoni Named Director Of Cardiothoracic Surgery Division

Mark D. Iannettoni, M.D., has been appointed director of the cardiothoracic surgery division in the University of Iowa department of surgery. His appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2004.

Iannettoni comes to the UI from the University of Michigan, where he is associate professor of surgery in the general thoracic surgery section. He also serves as director of the University of Michigan Hospital's adult minimally invasive surgery program, photodynamic therapy program, lung volume reduction program and lung transplant program, and he is a staff physician in the thoracic surgery section at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Iannettoni's clinical and research interests include esophageal surgery, thoracic oncology, chest wall reconstruction, minimally invasive surgery and artificial lung development. He has authored numerous research papers, book chapters, abstracts and presentations on topics such as lung cancer diagnosis and treatment, lung transplantation, esophageal cancer and cardiovascular surgery. Iannettoni is a member of more than a dozen professional associations, including the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, and the American Association of Thoracic Surgeons. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery, the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the United Network for Organ Sharing.

"We are all delighted that Dr. Iannettoni has accepted the position of division head," said Carol Scott-Conner, M.D., Ph.D., UI professor and head of surgery. "Dr. Iannettoni is an accomplished physician and researcher and his energy and expertise will be invaluable to our ongoing work of providing Iowans with excellent cardiothoracic surgery care."

Iannettoni will replace Douglas Behrendt, M.D., UI professor of surgery and the Johann L. Ehrenhaft Professor in Cardiothoracic Surgery. Behrendt is stepping down from the position of division director, which he has held since his arrival at the UI in 1986.

"We are extremely grateful for the excellent leadership, vision and dedication Dr. Behrendt has given the division of cardiothoracic surgery over the past years," Scott-Conner said.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for me," Iannettoni said. "I am honored to be succeeding Dr. Behrendt, who has developed a program which provides outstanding care to Iowans and has trained many excellent physicians."

Iannettoni added that the division will focus on several areas of cardiothoracic surgery in the future, especially his area of expertise and interest, which is esophageal surgery. Other areas of concentration will include heart failure, cardiac transplantation, pediatric surgery, cardiac assist devices, minimally invasive surgery and lung transplantation. He also hopes to investigate use of an artificial lung, which has been undergoing clinical trials in Europe.

Iannettoni earned his medical degree and completed a general surgery residency at the State University of New York Health Sciences Center in Syracuse. After completing both a thoracic surgery residency and a general thoracic surgery fellowship at the University of Michigan, he joined the UM faculty in 1994.

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