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University of Iowa News Release

April 30, 2004

UI Medical Student, Physician Earn Humanism Awards

A faculty member and a graduating student in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine have been honored for their commitment to the highest standards of compassion and sensitivity in interacting with patients and the medical community.

William Lawton (left), M.D., UI associate professor of internal medicine, received the college's faculty Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. Stephanie Lopez (right), a fourth-year UI medical student of Albuquerque, N.M., received the student Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.

Lawton and Lopez will receive their honors and $1,000 awards at the college's commencement day luncheon on May 14. Several medical schools in the United States participate in the award program, which is sponsored by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation to promote the compassionate and humanistic care of patients as a key component of medical education.

Lawton has been a UI faculty member since 1974 in the Division of Nephrology within the Department of Internal Medicine. From 1987 to 2003, he was medical director of the Renal Dialysis Treatment Center at UI Hospitals and Clinics and the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center. At these sites, as well as four satellite dialysis units in eastern Iowa and Mercy Hospital in Iowa City, Lawton is known for his dedicated care to inpatients and outpatients with kidney diseases, hypertension (high blood pressure) and general medicine problems. He also devotes himself to teaching medical students, residents and fellows. As an investigator, Lawton focuses on clinical research in hypertension. Lawton earned his medical degree from Northwestern University and completed a residency in internal medicine in 1970 at Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center and a fellowship in renal-hypertension in 1972 at the UI.

After she graduates from the UI Carver College of Medicine in May, Lopez will begin a residency in July in family medicine and psychiatry at UI Hospitals and Clinics. She has taught first-year medical student physical exam skills and volunteered at the Mobile Clinic, the UI student-run traveling health clinic for underserved people. Lopez also co-authored the UI Carver College of Medicine's Honor Code and is a current co-president of Caduceus, which advocates for continuing excellence in the UI medical education curriculum. In addition, Lopez is a past co-coordinator of Medical Students for Choice. Last fall she participated in an elective clinical rotation in Oaxaca, Mexico. She is married and has two children, ages 6 and 9. Lopez holds a bachelor of science degree in anthropology from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

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PHOTO: An electronic photograph of William Lawton is available for downloading at
A photo of Stephanie Lopez is available on request.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

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