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Oct. 28, 2005

UI's Anderson Appointed To Potter-Lambert Chair In Cardiology

Mark E. Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., professor of internal medicine in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, has been appointed to the Potter-Lambert Chair in Cardiology. The appointment is effective Nov. 1.

The chair was established through the UI Foundation by the Ralph B. Lambert estate in memory of Lambert's longtime friend Fred Potter. Lambert graduated from the UI in 1939 with a bachelor's degree in communications and theatre arts.

Anderson joined the UI faculty Oct. 1. He is director of the UI Division of Cardiology and a cardiac electrophysiologist with UI Hospitals and Clinics.

His research focuses on the biology of cardiac arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms) with the goal of developing therapies to counter this major cause of death in the United States. In particular, Anderson studies a signaling protein called calmodulin kinase II and the role it plays in heart arrhythmias and muscle enlargement. His clinical interests include devices and techniques such as pacemakers, defibrillators and catheter ablation that improve and rescue ailing hearts.

"Dr. Anderson is developing a national reputation as a physician-scientist and administrator in cardiology," said Paul Rothman, M.D., professor and head of the UI Department of Internal Medicine. "His appointment to the Potter-Lambert Chair in Cardiology will provide an additional boost to his ability to help realize the division's goals, particularly in building links between research and clinical care advances.

"We are grateful for the legacy left by Mr. Lambert that made this chair possible," Rothman added.

Anderson's research honors include an Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association and election to the American Society of Clinical Investigation. He has authored numerous papers and other writings, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology.

Anderson earned a medical degree and a doctoral degree in physiology from the University of Minnesota. At Stanford University, he then completed an internship and residency in internal medicine, and fellowships in cardiology and clinical cardiac electrophysiology. In 1996, he joined the faculty of Vanderbilt University, where his recent positions included the Jack and Betty Bailey Professor of Cardiology, professor of medicine and pharmacology, director of the Electrophysiology Fellowship Training Program, director of the Cardiovascular Fellowship Training Program and director of Arrhythmia Services.

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