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May 30, 2008

Rothman named new dean of UI Carver College of Medicine

Paul Rothman, M.D., has been named the new dean of the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. The appointment will be effective June 1, subject to approval by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa at its next meeting.

Rothman has served as head and professor of internal medicine at the UI Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics since 2004. Rothman has served on or provided leadership for numerous college, university and professional committees. An expert in rheumatology, he has provided clinical care for more than 20 years, trained medical students, fellows and residents, and published extensively. He succeeds Jean Robillard, M.D., who is stepping down from the deanship to focus on serving as UI vice president for medical affairs.

"Dr. Rothman has done an outstanding job as head of internal medicine. He is committed to working with the rest of the senior leadership of University of Iowa Health Care as we integrate the Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and University of Iowa Physicians," Robillard said. "As dean, Dr. Rothman will also serve as executive director of University of Iowa Physicians, which manages the business affairs of the college's faculty physicians."

Lola Lopes, interim UI provost, said, "The UI Carver College of Medicine has a worldwide positive reputation, and I have every confidence that Dr. Rothman will provide the innovative ideas and deep commitment necessary to further the college's successes."

Rothman's research on cytokines (immune system molecules) focuses on their role in the development of blood cells called leukocytes. Abnormal development of these blood cells can lead to leukemia. He also studies the role of cytokines in immune system responses to asthma and allergies.

Recently elected to the Council of the Association of American Physicians, Rothman also is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, Association of Professors of Medicine, Collegium Internationale Allergologicum, and Association of American Physicians, and he is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. He has served as a member of the National Institutes of Health Immunologic Sciences Study Section, the Israel Cancer Research Fund International Scientific Advisory Board, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Grant Review Committee, and the American Thoracic Society Asthma Immunology and Inflammation Program Committee.

His awards include a James S. McDonnell Foundation Career Development Award, a Pfizer Scholars Award, Pew Scholars Award, a Leukemia Society of America Scholar Award and the Pharmacia Allergy Research Foundation International Award.

Rothman joined the UI from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, where he was the Richard J. Stock Professor of Medicine (Immunology) and Microbiology and chief of the pulmonary, allergy and critical care medicine division.

Rothman earned his medical degree at the Yale University School of Medicine in 1984. After completing his medical residency in 1986 at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City, he served on the faculty at Columbia, becoming chief of the pulmonary, allergy and critical care medicine division in 1997.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5143 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

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