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Jan. 11, 2007

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Robillard Named UI Vice President For Medical Affairs

University of Iowa Interim President Gary Fethke today announced the appointment of Dr. Jean E. Robillard, dean of the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, as vice president for medical affairs. The appointment is for a three-year term, during which Robillard will remain dean of Carver College of Medicine.

Robillard in this role will head an administrative structure to better integrate three UI patient care organizations: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, the Carver College of Medicine, and University of Iowa Physicians. University of Iowa Physicians is Iowa's largest multi-specialty physician group practice and is composed of 650 Carver College of Medicine faculty members who provide patient care at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

"Our goal in creating this administrative structure is to better integrate planning and operations for the University's largest organization, UI Health Care. This will sharpen our focus on patient care and on patient satisfaction," Fethke said. "Dr. Robillard has the breadth and depth of experience to take on this important responsibility. Jean's knowledge of the complex health care environment and his commitment to patient care and innovation have always impressed me. His counsel has been invaluable. We are fortunate to have him assume this leadership role."

 "It is a great honor to be entrusted with this responsibility," Robillard said. "The University of Iowa has a long tradition of excellence in health care, a tradition that has made us known around the world. I am committed to preserving and enhancing that tradition. I am also committed to expanding our partnerships across the state to bring better health care to all Iowans."

Assembling a senior management team will be one of Robillard's first duties as vice president. Two crucial members of that team are highly experienced UI leaders now: Donna Katen-Bahensky, whose title has been changed to senior associate vice president and CEO of UI Hospitals and Clinics; and Dr. Peter Densen, executive dean of the Carver College of Medicine. Robillard will be responsible for organizing the vice president's office and for assembling the remaining elements of this team with the overall objective of integrating UI Health Care to better serve Iowa.

"Donna Katen-Bahensky has all the qualities that make her a perfect partner in this effort," Robillard said. "Her focus on patient care and satisfaction has contributed immeasurably to UI Hospitals and Clinics excellent reputation with patients and health care professionals. Her administrative acumen has placed our academic health care center on solid financial footing. Her drive and enthusiasm will challenge our entire team to do its best at all times."

"I am also pleased that Peter Densen will be in charge of the day-to-day operations of the Carver College of Medicine," Robillard added. "He has the complete confidence and respect of our entire faculty."

Said Katen-Bahensky, "While we already have a strong collaboration between the hospital and its staff and the college and its physicians, establishing this new structure makes an even stronger statement about the commitment of all our partners to providing the excellent service, innovative care, and exceptional outcomes that will make UI Hospitals and Clinics the Midwest hospital of choice."

Robillard, who came to the UI as an assistant professor in 1974, has been dean of the Carver College of Medicine since 2003. From 1996 to 2003, he was chair of and professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan Medical School and physician-in-chief at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.

A native of Montreal, he earned bachelor's and medical degrees from the University of Montreal. He completed an internship at the Hôtel Dieu Hospital, residency training in pediatrics at Ste. Justine Hospital in Montreal, and pediatric nephrology fellowships at the University of California Medical Center in Los Angeles and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Robillard is a pediatric nephrologist whose work focuses on the developmental physiology of the kidney. He has published more than 220 scientific papers during his career, which have contributed to many advances in the field.

In 1999, he was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2001, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Board of Pediatrics and serves currently as its chair.

The UI last had a vice president-level position for UI Health Care when Dr. Robert Kelch was vice president for health affairs through 2003. Kelch's tenure in that position coincided with the recruitment of UI Hospitals and Clinics director and CEO Katen-Bahensky and Robillard as dean of the Carver College of Medicine.

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