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April 30, 2007

Rodnitzky Named Head Of Neurology

Robert Rodnitzky, M.D., has been named head of the Department of Neurology in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Rodnitzky, who has been a UI faculty member for over three decades, has served as interim department head since July 2005. He is a professor of neurology and director of the Movement Disorders Division.

"Dr. Rodnitzky is an outstanding physician, scholar and educator. His deep understanding of and extensive experience in patient care, research and teaching underpin his success in managing and fostering these three missions of our academic medical center," said Jean Robillard, M.D., UI vice president for medical affairs. "We are pleased that he has agreed to continue as head of the Department of Neurology."

"We are very fortunate to have such a talented physician and administrator leading one of our premier departments," added Donna Katen-Bahensky, senior associate vice president for medical affairs and CEO of UI Hospitals and Clinics. "Dr. Rodnitzky's many years of service at the UI are a clear demonstration of his deep commitment to his patients and to the institution."

Rodnitzky is an expert on movement disorders, including Parkinson's disease and Huntington's disease, and he has been a leading figure in developing experimental therapies for patients with these and related conditions. He also has published numerous scientific articles, book chapters, books and reviews on this area of research.

Rodnitzky earned a medical degree from the University of Chicago in 1966 and completed an internship in internal medicine at the UI and a residency in neurology at UI Hospitals and Clinics. He joined the UI faculty in 1972 and became a full professor in 1982.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Brown, 319-335-9917

PHOTO: A photo of Dr. Rodnitzky is available from Jennifer Brown