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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 12, 2004

UI Physicians Honored As Legends

Two physicians who care for patients at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics recently earned designation as "Local Legends" from the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA).

The AMWA bestowed the honor upon three women physicians from each state who have demonstrated commitment, originality, innovation or creativity in her field of medicine. Congressman Jim Leach nominated the Iowa physicians.

The UI physicians are Jennifer Niebyl, M.D. and Carol Scott-Conner, M.D., Ph.D.

Niebyl serves as professor and head in the UI Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She attended medical school at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., and completed residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at New York Hospital in New York, N.Y. and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., followed by a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Niebyl joined the UI faculty in March 1988. Her clinical expertise is in drug use in pregnancy, medical disease in pregnancy, tocolytic drugs for pre-term labor and birth defects. U.S. News & World Report named the UI Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology as one the nation's top programs in its 2003 "Best Hospitals in America" rankings.

Scott-Conner serves as professor and head in the UI Department of Surgery. She completed medical school at New York University in New York, N.Y. and served her residency in surgery at New York University Medical Center in New York.

Scott-Conner joined the UI faculty in 1995. She is board certified in surgery and surgical critical care, with clinical expertise in general surgery, breast surgery, laparoscopic surgery, surgery, trauma and surgical oncology.

The AMWA will recognize each Local Legend on a Web site that will celebrate the accomplishments of America's women physicians. Niebyl and Scott-Conner also received an invitation to attend the opening banquet of the AMWA's annual meeting to honor all of the Local Legends from around the country.

The Local Legends recognition is a companion project to an exhibition created by the National Library of Medicine titled, "Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians." The display can be viewed at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Md. through April 2, 2005, or online at The exhibition is located at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda through April 2005. After that time the exhibition will travel around the nation and the Local Legends will receive invitations to the opening events in their states.

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