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University of Iowa News Release

June 29, 2004

Densen Named UI Carver College Of Medicine Executive Associate Dean

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Peter Densen, M.D. (left), has been named executive associate dean of the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. The appointment is effective Sept. 1.

As executive associate dean, Densen will oversee collegiate administration, coordinate planning and capital projects and represent the dean in various capacities.

"I am delighted that Dr. Densen has agreed to accept this extremely important post within the UI Carver College of Medicine," said Jean E. Robillard, M.D., dean of the college. "Peter's enormous experience within the college and UI Hospitals and Clinics will enable him to work across the many units that comprise the health care enterprise. His rare combination of talents and skills will help us move the enterprise forward at a time of transition for the college and for health care in our state."

For Densen, the appointment is a return to the college's central administration. Prior to being named interim head of internal medicine, he served as associate dean for student affairs and curriculum from 1994-2001. During that time, he oversaw the revamping of the medical school curriculum and played a major role in the design of the college's Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility, which has become a model for medical education buildings around the nation.

In addition to his leadership role in medical education, Densen is a renowned teacher. This past spring, he was the recipient of the inaugural President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence given by the UI Council on Teaching. In 1991, he received the university's Collegiate Teaching Award, and he has won 10 Excellence in Teaching awards from the UI Carver College of Medicine.

Donna Katen-Bahensky, UI Hospitals and Clinics director and CEO, said Densen's abilities and experience include clinical and leadership skills.

"In addition to being an outstanding educator, Dr. Densen continues to see patients both here at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and at the Veterans Affairs Iowa City Health Care System," she said. "I have personally seen Dr. Densen's strong leadership skills during the last two years and have enjoyed working with him on numerous joint activities between the college and the hospital."

Densen's research programs have been well supported by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Densen, who joined the UI faculty in 1983, currently serves as interim head of the Department of Internal Medicine, the largest department in the medical school and the third largest academic unit at the UI, after the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the UI Carver College of Medicine. Paul B. Rothman, M.D. becomes head of the department on Sept. 1.

Densen came to the UI as assistant professor of internal medicine. He earned his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University, and then did an internship and a residency at Johns Hopkins. After serving as a medical officer in the United States Air Force, he returned to Johns Hopkins as a senior resident and then completed a fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of Virginia Hospital.

In addition to his service as interim head of internal medicine and as an associate dean, Densen has also served as acting director of the Division of Infectious Diseases in the department, as associate director of that division and as acting director of the Office of Consultation and Research in Medical Education.

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