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Sept. 2, 2011

At A Glance

UI Hospitals and Clinics designated again for bariatric excellence

The UI Obesity Surgery program at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City recently received a renewal of its designation as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the Surgical Review Corporation.

Designation as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence signals to health care professionals and consumers that UI Hospitals and Clinics meets or exceeds nationally recognized standards of care for bariatric (weight loss) surgery.

UI Hospitals and Clinics is also recognized as an United Resource Networks Bariatric Resource Services Centers of Excellence and a Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery.

For more information, visit UI Health Care online at


UI physicians named as leading ophthalmologists

Two physicians in the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences have been named among the nation's "135 Leading Ophthalmologists" by Becker's ASC Review.

Keith Carter, M.D., professor and head of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the UI Carver College of Medicine, appears on the list. Carter has also served as a trustee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and as AAO meeting committee chair for ocular tumors, pathology and orbit and lacrimal plastic surgery.

The second Iowa physician included on the listing, Edwin Stone, M.D., Ph.D., leads the UI Institute for Vision Research and Carver Family Center for Macular Degeneration. He specializes in molecular genetics of inherited eye diseases, including age-related macular degeneration, hereditary glaucoma, autosomal dominant RPE dystrophies, Leber congenital amaurosis, Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy and hereditary corneal dystrophies. Stone also is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.


UI Heart and Vascular Center lab receives accreditation

A University of Iowa Heart and Vascular Center lab that specializes in testing for vascular disease recently received a three-year accreditation from an independent national organization.

UI Heart and Vascular Center achieved accreditation from the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL) because the staff provides a high level of patient care and quality testing services.

ICAVL requires that facilities meet demanding criteria for accreditation. To learn more, visit online at:


Old Capitol Museum creates new children's program: 'Night at Old Cap'

The Old Capitol Museum at the University of Iowa is hosting a new children's program called "Night at Old Cap" starting Thursday, Sept. 15 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Museum's Hanson Family Humanities Gallery and the Discovery Center. This free public program caters to children age four and older.

The first installment of this series will be "Life on the Prairie," exploring what life was like at home and at school for children living the 19th century. Participants will make a slate board to take home. The program is offered in conjunction with the current exhibit at the Old Capitol Museum, "Life and Death on the Prairie."

The Old Capitol Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. The Museum is closed Mondays and national holidays. For more information, visit, call 319-335-0546, or email


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