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University of Iowa News Release

June 6, 2003

Name Change Reflects Comprehensive Orthopaedic Care

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa at its May 2003 meeting approved the name change of the University of Iowa department of orthopaedic surgery to the department of orthopaedics and rehabilitation.

The name change demonstrates the important role of rehabilitation in the care of patients with disabilities and injuries to the limbs and spine, said Joseph Buckwalter, M.D. professor and head of the department.

"Now we can better acknowledge comprehensive approaches for the best patient care," he said. "We want to ensure focus is not placed just upon surgery, but also on rehabilitation of our patients."

Orthopaedics is a medical specialty involving preservation, restoration and development of the form and function of the musculoskeletal system and spine by medical, surgical and physical methods.

For more information about the UI department of orthopaedics and rehabilitation, visit their Web site at

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between 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. Visit UI Health Care online at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACTS: David Pedersen, 319- 335-8032, Writer: Tiffany Bronk