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April 25, 2005

photos: Fred Dee, left; Charles Platz, right

Dee Named The Charles E. Platz Professor Of Pathology Education

Fred Dee, M.D., professor of pathology in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, has been named the first Charles E. Platz Professor of Pathology Education.

The endowed professorship honors Charles E. Platz, M.D., UI professor emeritus of pathology, for his many accomplishments in education, patient care and research. Platz retired in 2000 after 25 years of service as a faculty member in the Department of Pathology. He is considered an accomplished leader in the field of surgical pathology and a tireless advocate for patient welfare and educational excellence. The Charles E. Platz Professorship in Pathology Education, which is a five-year appointment, was established through the UI Foundation with contributions from the UI Department of Pathology, its faculty, alumni and friends.

"It is wholly appropriate that the Platz Professorship focuses on the University's core mission -- teaching," said Michael Cohen, M.D., UI professor and head of pathology. "I am delighted to be able to simultaneously recognize and honor Dr. Charley Platz, who was an exemplary educator, and Dr. Fred Dee, who continues in that tradition."

Dee joined the UI faculty in 1974 and is an acknowledged leader in the field of virtual medical education. His innovative use of technology to enhance medical education includes the creation of the Virtual Slidebox,, which allows students to access more than 1,000 digitized images of magnified human tissues and cells via the Web. The Virtual Slidebox has been part of the UI histology and pathology curricula since 2001 and has proven as effective a teaching tool as the microscopes it replaces. It also has the added advantage of anytime accessibility, promoting independent out-of-classroom study. In addition to positive student reviews, the Virtual Slidebox also has earned Dee wide praise from fellow medical education specialists.

Dee earned a bachelor of science degree in 1963 and a medical degree in 1967 from the UI. He completed a residency in pathology at University of Minnesota before joining the faculty of the UI Department of Pathology. Dee also is vice chair for educational affairs in the department. In addition to his advances in medical education technologies, Dee also is known for his leukemia and lymphoma research.

Platz earned his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Kansas in 1959 and his medical degree from the University of Chicago in 1963. Prior to his move to the UI in 1975, Platz was an associate professor of pathology at the University of Chicago. He is author or co-author of more than 75 publications and has served on many advisory groups and committees, including the National Cancer Institute's Specimen Resources Committee, the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium Expansion Review Panel, the College of American Pathologists Bladder Cancer Task Force, the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Research Advisory Committee and the SEER Medical Advisory Group. He also has consulted for the Iowa Cancer Registry for more than two decades, providing expert advice on questions of pathology and quality assurance of pathology data. As a professor emeritus, he continues to pursue research on the histopathology of neoplastic diseases at the UI, serves as a consultant to the Iowa Cancer Registry, and is a member of the NCI SEER Program Histology Advisory Committee.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACT: Jennifer Brown, (319) 335-9917

PHOTOS/GRAPHICS: Photos of Dr. Dee and Dr. Platz are available for downloading at and