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Oct. 15, 2007

Kardon appointed to new Pomerantz Family Chair in Ophthalmology

Randy Kardon, M.D., Ph.D., professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and a staff physician and researcher with the Veterans Affairs Iowa City Health Care System, has been appointed to the Pomerantz Family Chair in Ophthalmology at the UI.

Kardon is the first faculty member to be appointed to the chair, which is supported by an endowment established through the UI Foundation by Marvin Pomerantz, a Des Moines-based business and civic leader who also is a UI alumnus and longtime UI supporter. The appointment will enable Kardon to collaborate on advancing the diagnosis and treatment of blinding disorders of the optic nerve and retina.

A UI faculty member since 1989, Kardon directs the neuro-ophthalmology services and teaches UI medical students and fellows. He has co-authored a textbook and published more than 20 book chapters and more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles. His research centers on visual problems related to how the pupil of the eye responds to light. He also studies optical imaging of retinal function and structure-function relationships of the eye to improve diagnostic capabilities. Kardon holds five major grants and is scientific director of Fight for Sight, Inc. He has been listed in "Best Doctors of America" since 1993 and has received several teaching and research awards.

"The Pomerantz family has created a wonderful opportunity by generously supporting this chair. Dr. Kardon -- who relishes tackling challenging problems and is respected for his expertise -- will carry out the promise that this chair holds," said Keith Carter, M.D., UI professor and head of ophthalmology and visual sciences, who also holds the Lillian C. O'Brien and Dr. C.S. O'Brien Chair in Ophthalmology. "This endowed chair, established by a family dedicated to the state of Iowa, also is fitting for Randy because of his own Iowa connections -- as he was born, raised and educated here."

A native of Des Moines, Kardon was Phi Beta Kappa and earned a Bachelor of Science degree with high distinction from the UI in 1975. He also attended medical school at the UI and was in the first graduating class of the combined medical and doctoral degree program, graduating in 1982. He completed an internship at Medical Clinic and Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, Wis. At the UI he then completed a residency in ophthalmology and a two-year fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology.

Kardon's appointment will be celebrated at an investiture ceremony Oct. 17. The recent appointments of two other UI faculty members to named positions also will be celebrated at that event: Betsy Chrischilles, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology, who now holds the Marvin A. and Rose Lee Pomerantz Chair in the College of Public Health; and Theresa Brennan, M.D., UI associate professor of internal medicine, who now is the John W. Colloton Associate Professor of Clinical Cardiology.

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STORY SOURCE: Health Science Relations, University of Iowa, 5137 Westlawn Lawn, Iowa City, IA 52242

MEDIA CONTACT: Becky Soglin, Health Science Relations, 319-335-6660,