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Sept. 10, 2008

Ray appointed to Mary J. Godwin Professorship

Thomas Ray, M.D., professor of dermatology at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and a physician with UI Hospitals and Clinics, has been appointed to the Mary J. Godwin Professorship in Dermatology.

Ray is the first UI professor to hold the professorship, which was established in 2008 through a gift made to the UI Foundation by UI alumnus Robert F. Godwin, M.D., and his wife, Mary Joan Godwin, of Bettendorf. Robert Godwin earned a bachelor of arts degree and a medical degree at the UI.

Ray's clinical expertise includes general dermatology, bullous diseases, contact dermatitis and cutaneous infectious disease. His research interests include cutaneous immunopathology, graft versus host disease, the complement system (part of the immune system) and candidiasis. He also has been a departmental leader in interactive computer-assisted instruction, telemedicine and Internet applications in dermatology. Ray is a past president of the Medical Dermatology Society and served on the board of directors of the American Academy of Dermatology. He also was chair of the Continuing Medical Education Advisory Committee of the American Medical Association.

"Dr. Ray has been a valuable member of our department, and his appointment to the professorship is a well-deserved honor. Thanks to the Godwins' support, Tom can advance his academic, as well as departmental, objectives," said Janet Fairley, M.D., professor and head of the UI Department of Dermatology, who also holds the John S. Strauss Chair in Dermatology.

Ray earned a bachelor degree from Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., and a medical degree from the University of Oregon Medical School, where he also completed a residency and fellowship. He held an additional fellowship at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Ray joined the UI faculty in 1979.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 5224-1178

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