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June 18, 2004

Rothman Named Head Of UI Department Of Internal Medicine

Paul B. Rothman, M.D., has been named the new head of the Department of Internal Medicine in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Rothman comes to the UI from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, N.Y., where he is the Richard J. Stock Professor of Medicine (Immunology) and Microbiology and chief of the pulmonary, allergy and critical care division. Rothman also directs the division's Laboratory of Allergy and Inflammatory Disease, and he serves as vice chairman for research in the college's department of medicine.

"I am delighted to announce that Dr. Paul Rothman has accepted our offer to become the next head of internal medicine at the Carver College of Medicine," said Jean E. Robillard, M.D., dean of the college. "His superb leadership skills and a deep commitment to clinical care, research and education make him the ideal choice to lead this world-renowned department."

"We are extremely pleased to welcome Dr. Rothman to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics," said Donna Katen-Bahensky, director and CEO of UI Hospitals and Clinics. "His record of leadership and his outstanding experience in building programs in patient care make him an excellent choice to lead our largest clinical department. I look forward to growing our programs with him in the future."

Robillard added, "I also would like to express my deep appreciation to Dr. Peter Densen, who has served so capably as the interim head of internal medicine since January 2002. Peter's rare combination of vision, leadership and determination enabled him to move the department forward during a time of great change. The entire college owes him a debt of gratitude."

Rothman earned his medical degree at the Yale University School of Medicine in 1984. He completed his medical residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, N.Y. in 1986. Rothman has spent his professional career at Columbia, beginning with his appointment as an instructor in clinical medicine in 1986. He was named Chief of the Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine division in 1997.

Rothman's research focuses on immune system molecules known as cytokines. Specifically, he investigates the role these molecules play in the normal development of blood cells known as leukocytes, as well as the abnormal development of these blood cells, which can lead to leukemia. He also studies the role of cytokines in immune system responses to asthma and allergies. His work has been consistently funded by the National Institutes of Health.

His professional affiliations include the American Association of Immunologists, the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology, the American Society of Microbiology, the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Pharmacia Allergy Research Foundation.

Rothman's wife, Frances Jane Meyer, M.D., also will join the UI medical faculty. She currently maintains a gastroenterology and internal medicine practice at Columbia-Presbyterian Eastside, a private ambulatory care facility of Columbia University. She also is a teaching-attending physician in the gastro-intestinal service at New York Presbyterian, and in the general medicine service at New York Presbyterian.

Rothman's appointment as head of internal medicine marks the first time in nearly 60 years that a person outside of the department was appointed to the position. William Bennett Bean, M.D., was named to the post in 1948, coming to the UI from the University of Cincinnati. He led the department until 1970, when James Clifton, M.D., assumed leadership of the department. Clifton served from 1970 to 1976, followed by Francois Abboud, M.D., who served as department head from 1976 to the end of 2001. Peter Densen, M.D., has served on an interim basis since January 2002.

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