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University of Iowa News Release

Dec. 29, 2003

UI Physician Elected To Urologic Organization

Board members of the American Foundation for Urologic Disease (AFUD) recently elected a University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and UI Carver College of Medicine physician leader as their president.

Richard D. Williams, M.D., professor and head of the UI Department of Urology since 1984, will serve his peers and their profession as AFUD president.

Williams heads one of the nation's leading urology staffs. U.S. News & World Report ranked the UI Department of Urology 21st in its 2003 "Best Hospitals in America" listing.

Williams received his medical degree from the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. He completed residencies in surgery, urology and urologic oncology at University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics in Minneapolis, Minn. He is board-certified in urology, with clinical expertise in urologic oncology, prostate cancer, immunotherapy of urologic cancer and the surgical treatment of urologic cancer. Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. lists Williams as one "America's Best Doctors" in his specialty.

Williams previously served as president of the Society of University Urologists, chair of the AFUD's Research Committee and on its board of directors, and as president of the Society of Urologic Oncology. He also served as the vice president of the American Board of Urology. Williams is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and currently serves on the ACS Board of Governors.

AFUD is a charitable organization established to raise funds for research, lay education and patient advocacy for the prevention, detection, management and cure of urologic disease.

Founded in 1987, AFUD has sponsored more than $20 million in research grants and advocated to make urologic disease a priority on the national healthcare agenda. The foundation's six health councils provide accurate, informative education materials and international awareness programs about urologic diseases and conditions for the general public and healthcare providers.

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