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June 9, 2010

Carver College of Medicine honors distinguished alumni

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine will honor five individuals and one family at its 2010 Distinguished Alumni Awards presentation and luncheon Friday, June 11, in Iowa City.

The awards represent four categories of distinction:
--The Award for Service honors meritorious leadership and service in a professional capacity or to a community, state or nation.
--The Award for Achievement recognizes significant personal accomplishments of alumni in science, medicine and education.
--The Early Distinguished Achievement Award honors individuals who are less than 20 years removed from their medical training at the UI and who have already achieved distinction in their fields.
--The Award for Friendship recognizes support of and dedication to the UI Carver College of Medicine and its missions of education, research and service.

Receiving the 2010 awards are:

John Canady, M.D., Award for Service
canadyCanady is UI professor of plastic surgery and otolaryngology, and director of cleft lip and palate services at UI Hospitals and Clinics. For more than 20 years, his research and clinical care to improve the lives of children with facial deformities has taken him to the Philippines, El Salvador, Guatemala and Ecuador on medical missions for Operation Smile and Rotary International's Miles of Smiles. A native of Jefferson, Iowa, he earned a medical degree (1983) and a master's degree (1988), both from the UI, and completed a residency in otolaryngology (1988) at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Dan Murphy, M.D., Award for Service
murphyDedicated to supporting the world's disadvantaged and marginalized populations, Murphy teamed with California farm workers lobbying for legislation against pesticide abuse, and served as the only physician for a community of 200,000 in Mozambique. Since the late 1990s, Murphy has operated a clinic in East Timor, one of Asia's poorest countries. Treating more than 300 patients daily, the Bairo Pite Clinic in the capital city of Dili has become East Timor's most highly visited health service. A native of Alton, Iowa, and former Cedar Falls physician, Murphy earned a bachelor's degree (1966) and a medical degree (1970) from the UI.

Richard McGee, Ph.D., Award for Achievement
mcgeeMcGee, who earned a doctoral degree in biochemistry (1975) from the UI, has built a national reputation for developing models to support the professional growth of young scientists and clinicians, especially underrepresented minorities. For the Association of American Medical Colleges, he launched and served as chair of the Group on Graduate Research, Education, and Training, which is comprised of leaders of biomedical research training at medical schools in the United States. McGee has held faculty and student affairs positions with several medical schools and the intramural research program at the National Institutes of Health. Currently he is associate dean for faculty recruitment and professional development in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.

Gail McGuinness, M.D., Award for Achievement
mcguinnessMcGuinness, who is executive vice president of the American Board of Pediatrics, has made significant contributions to training aspiring physicians throughout her career. Following her residency (1975) and fellowship (1977) in pediatrics at UI Hospitals and Clinics, she joined the UI faculty and served as director of the Pediatric Residency Training Program until her move to the American Board of Pediatrics in 2002. In numerous leadership roles with affiliated organizations, she has been a key advocate of undergraduate and graduate medical education, often ahead of the curve in implementing changes that eventually were advocated on the national level.

Timothy Holtz, M.D., M.P.H., Award for Early Achievement
holtzAn epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Holtz is director of the CDC's HIV/STD Research Program in Bangkok, Thailand. On previous CDC assignments, he tackled the world's drug-resistant tuberculosis problem and devised better ways to distribute bed nets to prevent malaria transmission in sub-Saharan Africa. He also founded Doctors for Global Health, a non-governmental organization that works for social justice, health and human rights in Central America and Africa. Holtz grew up in Ames and earned his medical degree from the UI in 1991.

Sahai family, Award for Friendship
sahai familyAs students, alumni, community-based faculty and loyal advocates, the Sahai family has supported the university and the College of Medicine for decades. They have guided capital campaigns, helped support the medical curriculum related to primary care education in community settings and welcomed medical students and residents for training at their private practice in Webster City, Iowa. Nine family members are UI alumni; three generations of the family work in different fields of medicine.

Alumni of the UI Carver College of Medicine include all graduates of the university's education and training programs for undergraduate and graduate medical education, associated medical sciences and graduate basic sciences.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Care Media Relations, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room W319 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Brown, 319-356-7124, Writer: Dawn Goodlove