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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 18, 2004

Buckwalter Elected To Institute Of Medicine

Joseph A. Buckwalter, M.D., the Dr. Arthur Steindler Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery, and professor and head of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, has been elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences.

Sixty-five new members were named to the IOM, raising its total active membership to 1,416. Current active members elect new members from among candidates chosen for their major contributions to health and medicine, or to related fields such as social and behavioral sciences, law, administration and economics. IOM members serve without compensation and devote time as volunteers on committees engaged in a broad range of studies on health policy issues.

"Dr. Buckwalter is thoroughly deserving of this honor," said Jean Robillard, M.D., dean of the UI Carver College of Medicine. "He is an outstanding leader in the field of orthopaedic medicine who has made significant contributions to scholarship, education and patient care. Here at the UI, countless patients and medical students have benefited from Dr. Buckwalter's expertise and through his research and his leadership roles within the national orthopaedics community, he has improved orthopaedic health care far beyond Iowa's borders."

Buckwalter is well known for his research on osteoarthritis, joint injuries, the effects of aging on cartilage and tumors of the skeleton and soft tissue. His clinical interests include musculoskeletal oncology and sports medicine.

Buckwalter has held positions in many scientific and professional organizations including serving as president of the Orthopaedic Research Society, the American Orthopaedic Association 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, a native Iowan, has spent his entire academic career at 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 has served as team physician for the Hawkeye football team since 1979.

Buckwalter joins the following UI faculty and administrators who are members of the IOM: Francois Abboud, M.D., the Edith King Pearson Chair in Cardiovascular Research, associate vice president for research and professor of internal medicine, and physiology and biophysics; Myrtle Adelyotte, Ph.D., professor emeritus and former dean of the College of Nursing; Nancy Andreasen. M.D., Ph.D., professor and the Andrew H. Woods Chair of Psychiatry; Kathleen Buckwalter, Ph.D., associate provost for health sciences, professor of nursing, and professor of psychiatry and internal medicine; Kevin Campbell, Ph.D., Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, UI Foundation Distinguished Professor, the Roy J. Carver Chair of Physiology and Biophysics, and professor of neurology; James Clifton, M.D., Roy J. Carver Professor Emeritus of Internal Medicine; John Colloton, UI vice president emeritus for statewide health services; Antonio Damasio, M.D., the Maurice Van Allen Professor and Head of Neurology; John Eckstein, M.D., professor emeritus of internal medicine and dean emeritus of the Carver College of Medicine; Bruce Gantz, M.D., the Brian F. McCabe Distinguished Chair and Head of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery; James Merchant, M.D., Dr.P.H., dean of the College of Public Health, professor of occupational and environmental health and professor of internal medicine; Jennifer Niebyl, M.D., professor and head of obstetrics and gynecology; Robert Wallace, M.D., the Irene Ensminger Stecher Cancer Professor and professor of epidemiology in the College of Public Health; and Michael Welsh, M.D., Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and the Roy J. Carver Chair of Internal Medicine and Physiology and Biophysics.

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