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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 15, 2003

Buckwalter Named Steindler Chair In Orthopaedic Surgery

Joseph A. Buckwalter, M.D., University of Iowa professor and head of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, has been named the Dr. Arthur Steindler Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery.

Steindler's career at the UI spanned 37 years (1913-1949), during which time he was the first and longtime head of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (now the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation), and was the driving force behind the creation and growth of Children's Hospital of Iowa and Iowa's pioneering Indigent Care Program.

This endowed chair, which honors Dr. Steindler's career and his many contributions to health care in Iowa and beyond, was established by Steindler's family, friends, colleagues, students and current UI medical leaders through their gifts to the UI Foundation.

"It is a great honor to be named to the Arthur Steindler Chair," Buckwalter said. "Not only was Dr. Steindler a great pioneer of research, clinical and educational advances in orthopaedic surgery and rehabilitation, he was also a tremendously influential figure in the growth and development of the University as a whole. The creation of this chair will enhance our department's research, patient care and educational missions and that in turn will benefit orthopaedic patients in Iowa and throughout the world."

"It is very fitting that Dr. Buckwalter should be named to the Steindler Chair," said Jean Robillard, M.D., dean of the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. "Like Dr. Steindler, he is an outstanding physician, teacher and scientist, and like Dr. Steindler, he is a strong and devoted advocate for the University and the College."

Buckwalter was born in Ottumwa and raised in Iowa City. He graduated from University High School in 1965 and subsequently attended the UI, earning a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1969, a master's degree in pathology in 1972 and a medical degree in 1974. After five years as an intern, resident and fellow at the UI, Buckwalter became an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery. He was promoted to full professor in 1985 and became department head in 1999. Buckwalter also is chief of orthopaedic surgery at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Iowa City, and he served as team physician for the Hawkeye football team from 1979 to 2001.

Buckwalter has held positions in many scientific and professional organizations including serving as president of both the Orthopaedic Research Society and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He also has served on numerous journals over the years, and among the many awards and honors he has earned during his career, Buckwalter received the prestigious Bristol-Myers Squibb/ Zimmer award for Distinguished Achievement in Orthopaedic Research in 1997.

Buckwalter's clinical interests include musculoskeletal oncology and his research focuses on osteoarthritis, the effects of aging on cartilage, healing of fractures, joint and ligament injuries, metastatic cancer of the skeleton, and primary tumors of the skeleton and soft tissue.

Arthur Steindler was born in Czechoslovakia in 1878 and immigrated to the United States in 1907 after completing medical training at the University of Vienna. Before coming to the UI in 1913, Steindler practiced at the Chicago Home for Crippled Children and taught at the Drake Medical School in Des Moines. For more information about Dr. Steindler's accomplishments and details of the creation of the Dr. Arthur Steindler Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery, visit

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5141 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACT: Jennifer Brown, (319) 335-9917

PHOTOS/GRAPHICS: A photo of Dr. Joseph Buckwalter is available from Jennifer Brown.