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May 23, 2003

UI Carver College Of Medicine Honors Distinguished Alumni

Five University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine alumni will be presented with Distinguished Alumni Awards at a ceremony Friday, June 6 in Iowa City.

The college's Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest collegiate honor bestowed upon an alumnus. Established in 1998, the awards are given annually in two categories: achievement and service.

The Award for Achievement recognizes UI Carver College of Medicine alumni for significant accomplishments in science and medicine. Receiving the award this year are Marion D. Francis, Ph.D., and Edward E. Mason, M.D.

The Award for Service is presented to medical alumni for meritorious service to their community, state or nation. This year's recipients are William W. Kridelbaugh, M.D., Bruce E. Spivey, M.D. and Peter D. Wallace, M.D.

Francis received a Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1953 from the UI, after earning a bachelor's degree in physics and chemistry and a master's degree in analytical chemistry from the University of British Columbia. In his more than 40 years of research at Procter & Gamble, Francis has earned more than 35 patents on his work.

Francis' basic research played a role in the widespread adoption of fluoride therapies that resulted in a 70 to 80 percent reduction in dental cavities among children from 1967 to 1988 and has also been applied to developing medications to strengthen bones. Since retiring in 1993, Francis has kept busy consulting, traveling, and playing tennis, squash and golf. He currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Best known as the "father of obesity surgery," Mason graduated from the UI with a bachelor's degree in 1943 and a medical degree in 1945. He began performing gastric bypass surgery for weight reduction in 1966 as an outgrowth of his work with the surgical treatment of ulcers and stomach cancers and began performing vertical banded gastroplasty (VBG) in 1980 to treat obesity.

Mason was instrumental in establishing the American Society of Bariatric Surgery and the International Bariatric Surgery Registry. The registry, which Mason continues to direct, maintains a database of more than 30,000 patients. Though retired from the UI faculty, Mason continues to teach, speak and write. He resides in Iowa City.

Kridelbaugh has dedicated his career to improving patient care. Receiving a bachelor's degree in 1943, a medical degree in 1945 and completing a surgery residency in 1950, all at the UI, Kridelbaugh helped establish voluntary mediation panels to hear malpractice complaints early in his career.

Active for many years in surgical societies in the West and Southwest, Kridelbaugh held prominent positions in the American College of Surgeons. Also a part of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, he has served in numerous capacities, including chairing the organization's executive board and several of its key committees. He currently lives in Albuquerque, N.M.

Before becoming a leading CEO, Spivey received a medical degree in 1959, completed an ophthalmology residency in 1963 and earned his master's degree in 1964, all at the UI. A practicing physician until 1992, Spivey has served as CEO for Pacific Presbyterian (now California Pacific) Medical Center in San Francisco, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and California Healthcare System. In 1992, Spivey became CEO of Northwestern Healthcare Network in Chicago, and later moved to New York to take his last two official positions as CEO of Columbia Cornell Network Physicians and Columbia-Cornell Care.

Spivey "retired" in 2000 and is currently deputy executive vice president of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies and secretary general of the International Council of Ophthalmology, where he is in charge of developing a plan called "Vision for the Future" to improve ophthalmologic education and care in developing countries. He lives in San Francisco, Calif.

Wallace, who graduated from the UI with a medical degree in 1969 and completed a pediatrics residency at the UI in 1974, advocates on behalf of many groups. Formerly in private practice with Pediatric Associates of Iowa City, Wallace now is vice president of medical staff affairs for Mercy Iowa City, which operates Mercy Hospital and its affiliated clinics.

Wallace currently serves on numerous community organizations, from the Iowa City school board to the Iowa Hospital Association, and is a member of many task forces and committees. He recently participated in a Rotary International mission to El Salvador to provide surgical care for up to 100 children with facial abnormalities, and has lobbied on behalf on children in Des Moines and Washington, D.C. He resides in Iowa City.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

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