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July 3, 2006

Cooper Named Medicine's Associate Dean For Student Affairs, Curriculum

Christopher S. Cooper, M.D., associate professor of urology in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, has been named the college's associate dean for student affairs and curriculum.

Cooper's appointment is effective July 1. He replaces Kimberly S. Ephgrave, M.D., UI professor of surgery, who has held the position since 2002. Ephgrave is stepping down from the position, but will remain a member of the medical faculty.

As associate dean, Cooper will provide guidance for the four-year medical degree program and coordination of that program with the Medical Scientist Training Program, in which students simultaneously pursue medical and doctoral degrees.

"Dr. Cooper has the love of education, the management skills and the leadership ability that this position requires," said Jean Robillard, M.D., dean of the UI Carver College of Medicine. "I'm delighted that we will work together to ensure the best in our medical education programs, and I anticipate that the students will be equally eager to work with him and benefit from his guidance."

Robillard also expressed gratitude for Ephgrave's four-and-a-half years of leadership.

"Dr. Ephgrave has always been committed to medical education. We are fortunate that she gave her time and energy as associate dean to ensure our students had the ideal support and environment in which to complete their studies," Robillard said.

A UI faculty member since 1999, Cooper directs pediatric urology in the Department of Urology. His research interests include congenital hydronephrosis, congenital bladder obstruction, pediatric voiding dysfunction, vesicoureteral reflux, pediatric genitourinary reconstruction and undescended testicle conditions.

Cooper earned a bachelor's degree and medical degree from the UI. In addition, he completed a residency in urology from 1991-97 at the UI and a pediatric urology fellowship from 1997-99 at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

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