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University of Iowa News Release

May 18, 2005

Anderson Named Director Of UI Division of Cardiology

Mark E. Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., will join the University of Iowa faculty as director of the Division of Cardiology in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine. He also will be a cardiologist with UI Hospitals and Clinics. His appointment will be effective Oct. 1, 2005.

Anderson will come to the UI from Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., where he currently is the Jack and Betty Bailey Professor of Cardiology and a professor of medicine and pharmacology. He also serves as director of the Electrophysiology Fellowship Training Program, director of the Cardiovascular Fellowship Training Program and director of Arrhythmia Services.

"Dr. Anderson is an outstandingly talented physician-scientist and educator, and I am delighted he has accepted our offer to head the Division of Cardiology," said Paul Rothman, M.D., UI professor and head of internal medicine. "He is ideally qualified to lead the division's integrative approach to cardiac medicine that harnesses the best clinical and basic science to provide excellent care for our patients and exceptional education for our students."

Anderson is an expert on cardiac arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms). His clinical interests include devices and techniques such as pacemakers, defibrillators and catheter ablation that improve and rescue ailing hearts. His research interests lie in understanding the biology behind cardiac arrhythmias and using that knowledge to develop new therapies for this major cause of death in the United States. In particular, his research focuses on a signaling protein called calmodulin kinase II and the role it plays in heart rhythm abnormalities and heart muscle enlargement.

Anderson's research has earned him many honors including an Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association and election to the American Society of Clinical Investigation. He has authored numerous research papers, book chapters, abstracts and presentations, and is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular medicine and clinical cardiac electrophysiology.

Anderson earned a medical degree and a doctoral degree in physiology from the University of Minnesota. He subsequently completed an internal medicine internship and residency, a cardiology fellowship and a clinical cardiac electrophysiology fellowship at Stanford University, before joining the faculty of Vanderbilt University in 1996.

Anderson will replace Neal Weintraub, M.D., UI associate professor of internal medicine, who has served as interim director of the Division of Cardiology since July 2003. Weintraub will remain on faculty and in his leadership position as medical director of UI Heart Care.

"Dr. Weintraub has shown tremendous dedication and vision during his tenure as interim director," Rothman said. "His able leadership has allowed the division to thrive during this period of transition."

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

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