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Oct. 11, 2006

Markham Named UI Carver College Of Medicine Assistant Dean

Sanford M. Markham, M.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, has been named the college's assistant dean for student affairs and curriculum.

Markham replaces Jess Mandel, M.D., who held the position from September 2002 until he stepped down in June to become an associate dean at the University of California, San Diego.

As assistant dean, Markham will help manage the Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum, which oversees all aspects of undergraduate medical education at Iowa, including curriculum development, admissions, financial aid and student advising.

"Dr. Markham has a wide range of experience that makes him uniquely qualified to help lead the Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum," said Christopher Cooper, M.D., associate dean for student affairs and curriculum in the UI Carver College of Medicine. "His rapport with students and his reputation as an outstanding mentor make him an excellent role model for our students. I'm excited to have the opportunity to work with him in this capacity."

Markham earned his medical degree at the University of Kansas in 1960. Before entering academic medicine, he had a distinguished career in the United States Air Force, holding appointments as chief of obstetrics and gynecology at USAF Hospital at South Ruislip Air Station in England and USAF Hospital at Royal Air Force Base in Lakenheath, England, where he also was chairman of the surgery department. He also held positions as chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at USAF Medical Center at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois and David Grand USAF Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base, California. From 1973 to 1982, he was in private practice in Southampton, N.Y.

From 1990 to 1995, Markham was assistant professor and vice chairman of the ob-gyn department at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., then served as department chairman at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Md., where he also directed the hospital's residency training program. During this time he also was an assistant clinical professor at Johns Hopkins University.

A UI faculty member since 1999, Markham currently serves as professor and clinical clerkship director for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. A distinguished researcher with interests in endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome, osteoporosis and menopause, Markham plans to continue his research, teaching and clinical activities while serving in his new position.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032,;  Writer: Susan Green.