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Sept.7, 2006

Sharp Named To Ziffren Professorship

W. John Sharp, M.D., associate professor of surgery in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, has been appointed the Sidney E. Ziffren, M.D., Associate Professor of Surgery.

The professorship honors Ziffren for his years of service and leadership to the UI Department of Surgery, including ten years as department head. The professorship was established through the UI Foundation by gifts from Ziffren's family, friends, colleagues and former trainees, and is designed to be held by the director of the Surgical Residency Training Program at UI Hospitals and Clinics. Sharp has held this directorship for 10 years.

"Dr. Ziffren was a great leader and surgical educator from our department. It is fitting that this professorship is now held by Dr. Sharp, who combines a comprehensive knowledge of academic surgery with exceptional leadership and mentoring skills," said Ronald Weigel, M.D., Ph.D., UI professor and head of surgery. "Dr. Sharp will carry on Dr. Ziffren's legacy as he guides the next generation of surgeons."

Sharp has been a UI faculty member since 1990. He is an expert in vascular surgery with research interests that include endovascular surgery, outcomes in vascular surgery, and the changing face of postgraduate surgical training.

As director of the Surgical Residency Training Program, Sharp is responsible for the accredited five-year program that trains resident physicians in general surgery and its various components including pediatric surgery, obesity surgery, transplantation, trauma, vascular surgery, and critical care. The program admits six resident physicians each year.

Sharp earned a medical degree from the University of Michigan in 1982. He subsequently completed a residency and a fellowship in vascular surgery at the UI.

Ziffren was a renowned teacher and surgeon with a particular interest in geriatric surgery. He was division director for Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery before becoming department head. He was a UI faculty member from 1947 to 1981, acting head of surgery from 1969-1970 and head of surgery from 1972 to 1981.

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

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