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June 23, 2011

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Kreder named new head of UI Department of Urology

University of Iowa Health Care leaders today named Karl Kreder, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.S., as the new head of the UI Department of Urology effective July 1, pending approval by the Iowa Board of Regents.

Kreder currently serves as professor and interim head of urology. He succeeds the late Richard Williams, M.D., who led the department for more than 25 years.

"Dr. Williams was an outstanding physician, researcher and administrative leader," said Jean Robillard, M.D., UI vice president for medical affairs. "He and Dr. Kreder worked closely together, and I am very pleased that Dr. Kreder has agreed to lead our tremendous faculty and staff in the Department of Urology."

Kreder also served as vice chair in the Department of Urology and director of urodynamics and reconstructive urology. He joined the UI faculty in 1992 from Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Colorado. After leaving active duty, Kreder remained in the Army Reserves and retired from the U.S. Army after rising to the rank of colonel. He earned a medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed an internship and residency in urology at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, and a fellowship in reconstructive urology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. He received a master's in business administration degree with distinction from the UI.

"Dr. Kreder is an excellent physician, researcher and educator," said Paul Rothman, M.D., dean of the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. "He is ideally qualified to lead our Department of Urology and I am confident he will build upon the strong foundation that already exists."

In addition to his clinical, research and teaching activities, Kreder has served on departmental, collegiate and university committees, and is a member of regional, national and international professional organizations. Kreder has served a term as president of the Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgeons Society and as program committee chair for the International Continence Society. He has also served as assistant chief medical officer of UI Physicians since 2008.

"Dr. Kreder is very well-respected by his peers across the nation and, indeed, around the world," added Kenneth Kates, associate vice president and CEO, UI Hospitals and Clinics. "We are fortunate that he agreed to continue his service to Iowa in this important post."

Kreder is also the principal investigator for a five-year, $5 million research grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the causes of interstitial cystitis, a painful bladder condition that causes excessively frequent urination and associated pain. An estimated 1.3 million Americans have the condition, more than one million of them women.

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