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Distinguished Alumni Awards

Past Alumni Award Recipients

Achievement and Service

Francois Abboud, 61R - internal medicine (2005)

With more than four decades of service to The University of Iowa and the UI Carver College of Medicine—including 26 years as head of the Department of Internal Medicine, Dr. Abboud has been instrumental in building a top education and research institution. As a scientist, his nationally recognized work has focused on the brain's effects on the cardiovascular system and since 1971 has been principal investigator of a major National Institutes of Health program project grant.

John Eckstein, 50MD 54R - internal medicine (2001)

Dr. Eckstein is known for his noteworthy career in cardiovascular research, contributions to numerous professional organizations and research societies including serving as president of the American Heart Association, and, later, Dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. During his tenure as dean, he made significant improvements to the College’s research culture and support and is cited for his excellent skill in recruiting new faculty, resulting in lasting effects on students, patients, and the school.

Gregory Strayhorn, 81R - family medicine (2011)

Through his commitment to medical education, Dr. Strayhorn has inspired thousands of students and been a force in shaping the culture and the climate of academic medicine. Serving nearly his entire career at two schools of medicine, Morehouse and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he has endeavored to make the learning experience more hospitable for medical students with a special focus on disadvantaged and minority medical students.

Achievement

Shlomo Ben-Haim, 93F - internal medicine (2012)

As an innovator of biomedical technologies and entrepreneur of medical devices, Dr. Ben-Haim pioneered the use of 3-D electrical mapping of the heart—technology that has aided the use of minimally invasive procedures to treat arrhythmias and other cardiovascular problems. He has held faculty appointments at Harvard University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and is the co-founder of a number of successful firms focused on advances in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and other conditions. .

Ann Bonham, 80MS 86PhD - pharmacology (2012)

At the University of California, Davis, Dr. Bonham’s studies of central nervous system regulation of cardiovascular and respiratory functions received more than 16 years of continuous National Institutes of Health funding, and as an administrator at UC-Davis School of Medicine she helped establish a school of nursing and to secure one of the first NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards. She continues her commitment to research and research training advocacy in significant positions including chief scientific officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges.  

Joseph Buckwalter, 69BA 72MS 74MD 79R - orthopaedic surgery (2011)

As professor and chairman of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation and Arthur Steindler Chair of Orthopaedics at the University of Iowa, Dr. Buckwalter’s visionary leadership has helped to develop a world-famous program that consistently ranks among the best of its kind in the US. He has held leadership positions in numerous medical organizations including American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Council on Research, the Orthopaedic Research Society, the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and the American Orthopaedic Association; taught globally, contributed hundreds of articles to the orthopaedic literature, and mentored countless students and residents in orthopaedics.

John Cambier, 72MS 75PhD - microbiology (1999)

Considered a world expert in B-cell transduction, Dr. Cambier’s work as a medical research scientist has earned him international respect as a leader in his field.  He shares his research and knowledge with others as an author of more than 200 papers, editorial board member of several prestigious journals, and teacher to students and researchers that have since gone on to make their own important contributions to the field.

James Clifton, 51R - internal medicine (2000)

Recognized for his work, particularly in the area of Gastroenterology, Dr. Clifton headed the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Iowa for 18 years, making it one of the premier GI Divisions in the country. The Roy J. Carver Professor Emeritus served on numerous boards and committees and held positions on many of them including the American College of Physicians, where he was President, as well as the American Board of Internal Medicine, where he was the Chairman.

William Connor, 42BA 50MD (2005)

Today, the link between cholesterol and heart disease is common knowledge, thanks in large part to pioneering lipid and dietary cholesterol studies by Dr. Connor. Dedicating his professional life to exploring the relationship between what people eat and how it affects their hearts, brains, and bodies, he authored 3 books on healthy, low-fat cooking with his research partner and wife, Sonja.

Reginald Cooper, 60MS/R - orthopaedic surgery (2004)

For 26 years, Dr. Cooper guided the growth and development of the College’s department of orthopaedic surgery, which is now continuously ranked at or near the top of national surveys. Outside of the college and his contributions to basic research and graduate student education, he was active and held leadership positions in several professional and scientific organizations including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Orthopaedic Research Society, National Shriners Hospitals Medical Advisory Board, the National Institutes of Health, and served dozens of other organizations.

George Counts, 65MD (2000)

As a national leader in microbiology and research in infectious diseases, as well as a national leader in minority and women's health issues, Dr. Counts worked as a teacher, microbiologist, clinician, and senior administrator in medicine and public health. He served on the Anti-infective Drugs Advisory Committee for the Food and Drug Administration, was a member of the Editorial Board for the American Journal of Infection Control, served as president of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), and retired from a long career with the NIH.

Lourdes Cruz, 66MS 68PhD - biochemistry (2011)

Recognized as an internationally renowned researcher and educator, Dr. Cruz is best known for her work on the biochemistry of toxic peptides from the venom of Conus marine snails, as well as her contributions to the development of conotoxins as tools for examining human brain activity. Her work has earned her various national and international awards, and she is the first Filipina to receive the L’Oreal-Unesco Award for Women in Science.

Lawrence Einhorn, 67MD (2001)

Passionate about cancer research and clinical oncology, Dr. Einhorn revolutionized the treatment of testicular cancer by developing and testing a new drug therapy sometimes called the “Einhorn regimen,” which helped establish Indiana University as a leading center for treating testicular cancer. His work garnered him many awards including American Cancer Society’s Medal of Honor, Indiana University’s Presidential Medal of Honor, National Cancer Institute’s Outstanding Investigator Grant, and Europe’s highest award for clinical oncology, the Jacquiatt Award.

Kathryn Edwards, 73MD (1999)

Dedicated to developing vaccines for the prevention of pediatric infectious diseases, Dr. Edwards played a major role in the development and clinical evaluation of the acellular pertussis vaccine while also passionately teaching the next generation of researchers and clinical leaders. In addition to her clinical trial work, she has served as a consultant for the National Institutes of Health and as a member of advisory committees for several U.S. government agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration. 

Marion "Dave" Francis, 53PhD - biochemistry (2003)

In his more than 40 years of innovative research at Proctor & Gamble, Dr. Francis earned more than 35 patents and made breakthrough discoveries that lead to significant changes in the dental health field, including the widespread adoption of fluoride therapies to strengthen teeth. Building on this research, he and his colleagues studied flouride therapies for bone strength, resulting in the development of a new class of compounds used in several drugs including Didronel, used to treat Paget’s disease; Actonel for osteoporosis in post-menopausal women; and Osteonscan, used by radiologists to detect bone cancer.

Bruce Gantz, 68BS 74MD 80MS 80R - otolaryngology (2005)

In addition to his extensive work in cochlear implantation, Dr. Gantz has made significant clinical contributions in cholesteatoma, facial nerve disorders, and skull base surgery. His professional passion has led him to take major leadership roles in the establishment of the National Institute for Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, and in encouraging federal support for biomedical research.

Fayez Ghishan, 79F - pediatrics (2009)

Dr. Ghishan is an international authority on developmental regulation of intestinal transport and has made a number of seminal observations that have formed the basis for our current understanding of fundamental aspects of intestinal function.  His work has been continually funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the past 30 years and he received a prestigious MERIT Award from the NIH for Consistent and Excellent Contributions to Scientific Knowledge.

Katherine Halmi, 61BA 65MD 73R - psychiatry (1998)

An expert in the clinical treatment and research of eating disorders, Dr. Halmi is both nationally and internationally recognized in her field. Garnering numerous accolades including a research career award from the National Institute of Mental Health, the American Academy of Child Psychiatry Eating Disorders Scientific Achievement Award, and more than $4 million in grant support, her research has included the genetics, neuroendocrine, and outcome of eating disorders.

James Hanson, 69MD (2012)

As director of the Division of Medical Genetics in the University of Iowa Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Hanson was instrumental in developing and expanding a statewide systems of genetics testing, research, and clinical care that includes the Regional Genetics Consultation Service, the Iowa Neonatal Metabolic Screening Program, and the Iowa Births Defects Registry. With a focus on research and public policy at the national and international levels, he retired as director of the Center for Developmental Biology and Perinatal Medicine at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

John Herr, 78PhD - medicine (2002)

Known for his research in fertilization, gene testing, contraceptives and the reproductive system, as well as translating his discoveries into inventions, Dr. Herr filed more than 36 patents. His professional positions include Professor of Cell Biology and Director of the Center for Research in Contraceptive and Reproductive Health at the University of Virginia where he advocated for local market and economy over selling discoveries and inventions to far away corporations.

Helen Hislop, 51PT 53MS 60PhD - physiology and biophysics (2000)

With over 50 years in professional life, Dr. Hislop was the nation’s preeminent academic physical therapist and ardent champion of its current and future practitioners.  At the University of Southern California, Dr. Hislop introduced the world's first doctorate program in Physical Therapy, pioneered the first two-year clinical specialist Masters program, as well as originated the transition to a three-year clinical doctorate program (DPT).

Billy Hudson, 66PhD - biochemistry (2008)

An internationally known scientist, NIH Merit Award recipient, and recipient of the Homer Smith Award from the American Society of Nephrology, Dr. Hudson recognized for his help in discovering the molecular underpinnings of autoimmune and hereditary kidney diseases. He has also co-founded two biotech companies to bring a potential treatment for diabetic kidney disease he developed to market.

Bradley Hyman, 82PhD - biochemistry 83MD 88R - neurology 89F - pathology (2001)

With a duel background in biochemistry and neurology, Dr. Hyman has made a lasting impact through his research in genetic basis, protein chemistry, and pathophysiology of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. His professional appointments include Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, and director of the Alzheimer unit of the Massachusetts General Institute for neurodegenerative Disease. 

Stanley James, 53BA 62MD 67R - orthopaedic surgery (2006)

Widely recognized as an expert on training, fitness, and the biomechanics of running, Dr. James has been at the forefront of sports medicine and served as a consultant for Nike early in the company’s history.  Dr. James has authored or co-authored more than 50 publications and has worked with some of the world's elite athletes, including Michael Jordan, Clyde Drexler, Carl Lewis, Mary Slaney, Pete Sampras, and Dan Fouts, among others. 

Robert Joynt, 52MD 63MS 63PhD - medicine (1999)

As a Distinguished Professor at the University of Rochester, founding chair of its School of Medicine and Dentistry's Department of Neurology, former dean of the medical school, and former vice president and vice provost for health affairs, Dr. Joynt had significant influence on the institution and the overall field of neurology. He served as editor to such publications as Clinical Neurology and Archives of Neurology, held leadership roles in the American Academy of Neurology and the American Neurological Association, and received numerous awards including the Gold-Headed Cane Award presented by the University of California, San Francisco and the Ellen Browning Scripps Society Medal sponsored by the Scripps Memorial Hospitals of La Jolla, California—both presented annually to a leader in the field of medicine. 

Yuan Chuan Lee, 62PhD - biochemistry (2004)

 Dr. Lee’s work in analytical glycobiology, structural glycobiology and carbohydrate recognitionhas helped build glycoscience from a small division of biochemistry to an established field that is now an important area of postgenomic biology. His noteworthy positions include Professor of Biology at Johns Hopkins University, an Academia Sinica visiting professor in his native Taiwan, visiting appointments

Horace Loh, 65PhD - biochemistry (2007)

An internationally respected investigator and educator who made significant and fundamental contributions to the understanding of neurochemical mechanisms of opioids--major pain killers with addictive potential, Dr. Loh has spent more than 40 years dedicated to his work.  He has held leadership positions in several NIH study sections and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and also helped found the Society of Chinese Bioscientists in America.

Diane Magrane, 74BA 78MD (2002)

Dr. Magrane is recognized for her expertise in medical education curriculum reform, faculty development, as well as her leadership at the University of Vermont and the Association of American Medical Colleges.  She’s passionate about finding new ways to teach future generation more effectively through interdisciplinary collaboration in medical education and general care, especially when it comes to women’s health.

Kenneth Mann, 67PhD - biochemistry (2012)

Acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost authorities on coagulation, Dr. Mann’s studies have led to improved pro-and anticoagulant medications and advances in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of thrombotic and hemorrhagic diseases. He has published more than 500 papers and earned 22 research patents over a prolific four-decade career.

Allyn Mark, 57BA 61MD 67R 69F - internal medicine (2007)

An internationally acclaimed leader in translational medicine and cardiovascular research and training, Dr. Mark has made fundamental contributions to advance understanding of human autonomic control in exercise, heart failure, hypertension, sodium intake, and obesity.  After joining the UI faculty in 1969, Dr. Mark quickly rose to leadership positions within the Department of Internal Medicine and the College, directing the Clinical Research Center as a young faculty member, leading the Cardiovascular Division for 19 years, and serving as associate dean for research for 11 years.

Edward Mason, 43BA 45MD (2003)

Best known as the father of obesity surgery, Dr. Mason is recognized for his distinguished career at the UI Carver College of Medicine where he began performing gastric bypass surgery in 1966. He has since passionately advocated for the vertical banded gastroplasty, established and maintained the International Bariatric Surgery Registry and the American Society of Bariatric, and remained active in teaching and writing.  

Richard McGee, 75PhD - biochemistry (2010)

Dr. McGee has achieved national recognition for the outstanding student training programs that he has developed, especially in the area of minority student training, at prominent intuitions including NIH, Mayo, Georgetown University, and the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.  He played a central role in the development of the Graduate Research, Education and Training Group of the AAMC and has consistently championed training in the translation of research advances into clinical medicine. 

Gail McGuinness, 75R 77F - pediatrics (2010)

For over 25 years, Dr. McGuinness has been a key advocate of student and resident education, often ahead of the curve in implementing changes that several years later were advocated and even mandated on the national level. Involved with the continuing education of pediatricians and in setting the standards for their evaluation, Dr. McGuinness served several key roles including the Executive Vice President of the American Board of Pediatrics and the chair of the Residency Review Committee for Pediatrics for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Sarah Morgan, 81MD 84R - internal medicine (2007)

Recognized as a highly respected scientist, educator, administrator, and physician, Dr. Morgan has proven to be a national expert on the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. Her professional positions include Professor of Nutrition Sciences and Medicine and Director of the Division of Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and leader at the Osteoporosis Treatment Clinic she helped create.

John Olney, 56BA 63MD (2008)

A dedicated researcher in the fields of psychiatry, neuropathology, and neuropsychopharmacology, Dr. Olney has contributed a series of critical discoveries that continue to advance our understanding of brain function and brain development. Two of his notable accomplishments include being the first to show that seizure induced brain damage can be prevented by blocking glutamate receptors and proposing the first model to provide a credible explanation for the pattern of neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s disease.

John Opitz, 56BA 59MD 61R - pediatrics (2000)

Recognized and respected worldwide for his research, publications, and work as one of the most predominant clinical dysmorphologists and birth defects experts in the world, Dr. Opitz’s achievements include the Farber Lecture, which is the highest honor given by the Society of Pediatric; the Bethesda Award for research in Mental Retardation; the March of Dimes Lifetime Achievement Award for dedicated work in genetic science; and the Distinguished Visiting Professor Award of University of Wisconsin. He published 400 papers, numerous textbook chapters, editorials and book reviews, as well as his ten books, and was involved in developing the descriptions of many newly recognized syndromes, several of which bear his name.

Roy Pitkin, 56BA 59MD 63R - obstetrics and gynecology (2002)

Early in his career, Dr. Pitkin discovered that amniotic fluid creatinine accurately predicts fetal maturity, a finding that has been widely used to prevent inadvertent preterm birth. As a UI faculty member Dr. Pitkin focused his research on prenatal nutrition, was a distinguished teacher, and began editing the prestigious journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.

L. Jackson Roberts, 69MD (2007)

Noted for his landmark discovery of isoprostanes and his subsequent pioneering work applied to understand both the basic mechanism of oxidant stress and the role isoprostanes in human disease, Dr. Jackson, through his research, has opened new fields of study and influenced hundreds of other investigators. His more than 300 published papers have had substantial influence in the biomedical scientific community, and his discoveries and scholarship have earned Roberts numerous national awards and, most recently, Vanderbilt University’s prestigious Earl Sutherland Prize.

Jean Robillard, 74F - pediatrics (2002)

Dr. Robillard’s successful career includes breakthrough discoveries in fetal renal development, improving treatment for patients, and serving as past chair of the University of Michigan’s Department of Pediatrics and physician-in-chief for the university’s Mott Children’s Hospital.  In his position as Vice President for Medical Affairs at the University of Iowa he focuses on being a role model for young physicians.

James Scott, 59BA 62MD 72R - obstetrics and gynecology (2008)

An international authority on recurrent miscarriage, pregnancy in transplant patients, and other immunology problems in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Scott has received numerous clinical, teaching, and research awards. He is the editor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the premier journal of the specialty, and a professor and chair emeritus at the University of Utah.

Laura Shawver, 79BS 84PhD - pharmacology (2011)

An entrepreneur and cancer researcher driven by the biology of the disease and the individual needs of patients, Dr. Shawver has dedicated her life to the life sciences. In 2007, one year after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer herself and experiencing the lack of advancement in ovarian cancer treatment, she established The Clearity Foundation to provide ovarian cancer patients with access to molecular profiling that helps doctors find the right course of treatment for each particular case.

Robert Soper, 52MD 58R - surgery (2006)

The father of pediatric surgery in Iowa, Dr. Soper was primarily responsible for bringing Pediatric Surgery to the UI Carver College of Medicine and is credited with pioneering a number of procedures to correct congenital anomalies in children. Nationally, Dr. Soper and his co-specialists organized the American Pediatric Surgery Association, which set about establishing certification standards in the field, and he was a founding member of the American Pediatric Surgical Association.

Robert Sparks, 55BA 57MD (1998)

In addition to his work as an educator, trainer, and researcher in addiction medicine, Dr. Sparks held numerous influential leadership positions including Dean of Tulane Medical School, VP of University of Nebraska, chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, President of the W. W. Kellog Foundation, and President and CEO of the California Medical Association Foundation. Through his work at the Kellog Foundation he especially demonstrated his dedication to educational opportunities for children and health care for underserved communities in the US.

Wayne Yokoyama, 81R 85F - internal medicine (2008)

The world authority on natural killer cells and their molecular biology, Dr. Yokoyama has made fundamental discoveries on how these immune system cells protect us from infection and cancer and have allowed researchers to take natural killer cells from phenomenology to the molecular level, and into the mainstream of immunology. His professional positions include professor of Medicine and Pathology and Immunology and director of the Medical Scientist Training Program at Washington University in St. Louis.

Service

Paula Youngberg Arnell, 64MD 69R - pathology (2001)

A practicing anatomical and clinical pathologist; director of several laboratories; and chair and member of many state and local corporate, health, and nonprofit boards, Dr. Arnell is fully committed to community health. In addition to being actively engaged with state and local chapters of the American Cancer Society and acting trustee for Augustana College in her hometown Rock Island, IL, she also played a leading role in establishing the Quad Cities’ first dedicated mammography center and development of the Quad Cities’ first fine needle aspiration program.

Carol Aschenbrener, 68MS 75R - pathology (2008)

For over 30 years, Dr. Aschenbrener has contributed to medical education at every level; from teaching medical students and residents in pathology to making major creative contributions to faculty and leadership development. She has played a critical role in the development of Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM), the nation’s only program focused on preparing senior women faculty to move into positions of institutional leadership, continues to serve as a career consultant for ELAM fellows, and one of her many noteworthy positions is serving as the Executive Vice President and Head of the Division of Medical Education for the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Dennis Boatman, 62BA 64MS 66MD 70R - urology (2009)

Originally from Bloomfield, Iowa, Dr. Boatman’s leadership of the largest capital campaign in UI Carver College of Medicine history helped construct the new Medical Education Research Facility and create endowments to support medical education, medical research, and medical student scholarships.  His extensive service leadership has helped guide numerous civic, education and community health interests to better serve his Iowa neighbors during and after his retirement from his private practice in Cedar Rapids, IA.

John Brinkman, 59BA 62MD (2004)

Holding a remarkable record of service to his practice, profession, community and alma mater, Dr. Brinkman’s noteworthy roles include leadership on The Iowa Medical Society, Iowa Foundation for Medical Care and Iowa Chapter of the American College of Physicians as well as numerous University of Iowa and College of Medicine boards and committees. His devotion to his patients, colleagues, and medical students in his role as clinical associate professor of internal medicine, have all been carried out with a true sense of compassion and a commitment to the betterment of health care in Iowa.

Richard Cameron, 61BA 65MD (2000)

Throughout his 30 year-career in the United States Army, Dr. Cameron served as a psychiatric clinician, teacher, combat soldier, and senior executive of medicine, and eventually earned the rank of Major General.  As Commanding General at the U.S. Army Health Services Command, he provided comprehensive health service to over 2.8 million beneficiaries in the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, Panama, and Puerto Rico and guided the vision, direction, strategic quality planning, training, leader development, allocation of resources, and assessment of their performance. 

John Canady, 83MD 88MS 88R - otolaryngology (2010)

For nearly 20 years, Dr. Canady, Professor of Surgery and International Programs at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, has been applying his skills and knowledge performing volunteer surgery on childhood facial deformities including cleft lips and cleft palates. He has traveled extensively in Asia and South America serving those that would otherwise not have the opportunity to lead a normal life. 

Richard M. Caplan, 51MA 55MD (2011)

A pioneer in the field of medical humanities and an early advocate of medical ethics as a core curricular component, Dr. Caplan made lasting changes during his 21 years as associate dean of the University of Iowa Carver college of Medicine. In addition, he was a physician, teacher, and researcher in the Department of Dermatology and an administrative leader for continuing education.

Vincent Carstensen, 39MD (2001)

As a flight surgeon in WWII, a practicing physician in Waverly, IA for 50 years, chief of staff at Waverly Municipal Hospital for seven years, and staff member of Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo, Dr. Carstensen worked hard for the health of those around him. Despite being busy, he generously gave his time, effort, and contributions to his community and alma mater as a member of the board of trustees and board of directors for the Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community Foundation, member of the Waverly Airport Commission, accreditation chairman of the local Chamber of Commerce, charter member of the Waverly Economic Development Company, member of the University of Iowa’s President’s Club, and season football and basketball ticket holder for 50 years.

Roger I. Ceilley, 71MD 77R - dermatology (2008)

A pioneer in dermatology education, Dr. Ceilley has worked for more than two decades as a strong advocate combating skin cancer by raising awareness of sun safety in students from kindergarten through college. He is the past president of the American Academy of Dermatology, and co-authored the official American Academy of Dermatology Guidelines of Care for numerous skin conditions ranging from malignant melanoma to psoriasis.

Lawrence Dorr, 65MS - pharmacology 67MD (2006)

Known as a world leader in hip and joint replacement surgery, an innovative researcher, a caring teacher and a dedicated humanitarian, Dr. Dorr’s professional accomplishments are numerous and include serving as medical director of the Arthritis Institute at Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center and of the Dorr Institute for Arthritis Research and Education Foundation while also holding a clinical faculty appointment at the University of Southern California. In 1995, he founded Operation Walk, a non-profit organization of doctors, nurses, and physical therapists that volunteer to teach and perform joint replacement surgery in developing countries.

Nile Dusdieker, 70BA 70BM 74MD (2002)

As an internist specializing in gastroenterology and a preceptor for UI residents, Dr. Dusdieker participates in clinical research in collaboration with UI faculty physicians as well as teaches UI internal medicine & obstetrics and gynecology residents at his group practice in Cedar Rapids. He is also known for his enormous contributions as a community leader in education, arts, and civics through service on several boards and societies.

Gene Gary-Williams, 57CER 58MA - physical therapy (2006)

Known as a mentor, educator, administrator, and distinguished scholar, Dr. Gary-Williams spent much of her career helping historically black colleges in the US and Caribbean create physical therapy programs in order to increase accessibility to health professions for diverse populations. She spent a year as a Fulbright Fellow in Nigeria and served as executive director of the National Society of Allied Health, a small organization mainly made up of historically black colleges and universities.

William Hamilton, 43BA 46MD 51R - anesthesiology (2007)

A pioneering researcher, educator, leader and administrator who made an indelible mark on the specialty of Anesthesiology, Dr. Hamilton was the first chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Iowa and developed the nation's finest academic medicine department at the University of California - San Francisco. He has been recognized with many honors and awards, including the teaching award from the 1965 UI senior medical class, the Royal Society of Medicine Medal, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists Distinguished Service Award.

Alfred Healy, 57MA 63MD 66R - pediatrics (1998)

Through his work as a pediatrics educator, administrator, and passionate and internationally respected advocate for the care and services for developmentally disabled people, Dr. Healy has touched the lives of many individuals in Iowa and around the world. He served as director of the UI University Hospital School (UHS) for 20 years, during which time he led the institution from providing mostly inpatient care for children with disabilities to enabling people of all ages to fully participate in life. 

Herman Hein, 63MD 66R - pediatrics (2004)

Recognized nationally and internationally for his work to improve the quality of health care for mothers and babies, Dr. Hein was a UI professor of pediatrics, served as clinical supervisor of the Newborn Nursery at the UI Hospital and Clinics from 1990-2001, and consulted for many years on maternal and child health for the Iowa Department of Public Health. He also developed the Iowa Statewide Prenatal Care Program that is credited with dramatically decreasing the neonatal morality rate, while literally ensuring quality care for every mother and baby born in an Iowa hospital.

Thin Thin Hlaing, 61MS - biochemistry (2002)

Thanks to Dr. Hlaing and her colleagues, her native country Myanmar (formerly Burma) has now established biochemistry as a field of study.  Accomplished as an academician, researcher and administrator in all three of the country’s Institutes of Medicine, Dr. Hlaing has shown her commitment to her personal mission of training the future biochemists her country needs.

Sandra Horning, 71BA 75MD (2009)

Internationally acknowledged as one of the most distinguished clinical investigators working in the field of oncology today, Dr. Horning is a constant advocate for evidence-based oncologic care. She has helped establish the standards of care for patients with virtually all classifications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, been the lead investigator for several of the pivotal clinical trials that validated current lymphoma treatment, and is the past president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. 

Johan Hultin, 51MS - microbiology 53MD (2000)

As a pathologist relentless in his efforts to decipher the mystery of the causative agent of the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918-19, Dr. Hultin undertook many independent research expeditions to remote areas once infected by the deadly virus to secure tissues from buried victims.  His work received coverage from the New York Times, Time, Discover, and the BBC television series “Horizon.”

Steven Jenison, 81MD (1999)

Dr. Jenison is credited for the discovery and treatment for the viral agent Hantavirus that set him on a promising career track at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Moving forward, however, he chose to pursue a track focused on public health by taking the role of Medical Director of the HIV/AIDS/STD Bureau for the State Public Health Department in New Mexico—championing and advancing quality services and social support for HIV infected persons. 

William Kridelbaugh, 43BA 45MD 50R - surgery (2003)

Dedicating his career to ensuring the best possible environment for patient care, Dr. Kridelbaugh helped establish a voluntary mediation panel to hear malpractice complaints in New Mexico—resolving many issues before court appearances were necessary, and  served as a regent of the ACS national organization and as chair of several committees for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. He also participated in the local Albuquerque medical community as a staff member of Presbyterian Hospital and the Bernalillo County Indian Hospital, as well as a clinical faculty member at University of New Mexico.

Paul Laube, 32BA 36MD (1999)

Before opening his general surgery practice that he ran for over 30 years in his hometown of Dubuque, Dr. Laube spent six years as a medical missionary in Africa, India, and China. His compassion and medical leadership extended through board membership, volunteerism, and significant fundraising for the causes he deemed worthy including the University of Dubuque and his church, Bethany Home.

Gerald McGowan, 63MD (2011)

After starting a practice in Sioux City, Dr. McGowan became the founding director of the Siouxland Medical Education Foundation’s Family Practice Residency Program which trains students and family medicine residents to practice in rural areas. Within three decades of its inception, the program has graduated more than 200 family physician residents, and nearly three-quarters of the program’s graduates have remained to serve the area and help train future generations of family physicians.

Dale Morgan, 51MD 56R - anesthesiology (1998)

Utilizing both his training as a clinical anesthesiologist and his penchant for fixing and maintaining medical equipment, Dr. Morgan has shared his knowledge and skills to physicians and patients in underdeveloped communities and countries including Nicaragua, Zambia, and the largest Native American reservation in the US.  In addition to his volunteerism, Dr. Morgan performed 34 years of clinical service in Cedar Rapids and continued to lend his services after his retirement in 1991. 

Dan Murphy, 66BS 70MD (2010)

Devoting his life to treating the impoverished and underserved throughout the world, Dr. Murphy has worked in places like Mozambique, Laos, and Nicaragua to provide care where it is most needed. Driven by the need to make a difference, Dr. Murphy founded the Bairo Pite Clinic in East Timor when the government fell and violence against the native people was rampant. He treats more than 300 patients per day.

Marvin Frank Piburn, 48MD (2004)

Working as a medical missionary, Dr. Piburn’s dedication and devotion to meeting the needs of people in poverty and plight few of us could image led him and his family to work in war-torn areas like Rhodesia and Vietnam for nearly 30 years. Upon returning to the US in 1982, Dr. Piburn and his wife helped open a free clinic in Wichita, Kansas that continues to operate today, and expand another in Hutchinson, Kansas.  

Allan Rashford, 73MD (2012)

As a pastor and physician, Dr. Rashford has built a legacy of selfless and humble attention to the less fortunate—by establishing a private practice in a disadvantaged neighborhood of Charleston, S.C., helping found a hospice also in Charleston ,and joining the Medical University of South Carolina faculty. Driven to help those in need, he opened his home to mentor troubled youth, and with his wife has supported medical mission trips to Jamaica and South Africa.

Russell Rulon, 60MS 61PhD - physiology (2007)

A gifted educator and mentor who has had a significant impact on the careers of hundreds of health science careers throughout Iowa and the nations, Dr. Rulon was named an emeritus faculty at the Luther College where he served for more than 40 years.  As a testament to Rulon’s extraordinary contribution and commitment to Luther and his students, more than 900 alumni and friends pledged over $1 million dollars to establish the Russell R. Rulon Endowed Chair in Biology in 2000.

David Sack, 74R - internal medicine (2005)

Best recognized as a teacher of young, developing country researchers, Dr. Sack is himself one of the world’s leading investigators in diarrheal disease research. Throughout his accomplished career, he has shared a deep, personal commitment to improving health conditions of people in the developing world, as is evidence by his work in international health, most notable in Bangladesh where he worked as Director of the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research.

Virginia Shepherd, 70BS 72MS 75PhD - biochemistry (2001)

In addition to her positions as professor of pathology and medicine, associate professor of biochemistry, and research career scientist at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Shepherd has made an impressive impact through her work in spreading science literacy to K-12 students. She has established numerous outreach programs, workshops, camps, and CD-ROM programs that work to bring better understanding of genetics, immunology, neuroscience, and computers to both teachers and students across the country.

Clifford C. Smith (2005)

Known for his dedication and selflessness, Dr. Smith spent 41 years as a town doctor in MacGregor, Iowa—often making late night house calls, and even accepting livestock and produce as payment for his services. He was named the National Rural Health Association's Practitioner of the Year in 1998, and continued serving as medical director of the local nursing home after his retirement.

Bruce Spivey, 59MD 63R - ophthalmology 64MS (2003)

In the role of CEO, Dr. Spivey has helped institutions including American Academy of Ophthalmology, California Healthcare System, Columbia Cornell Network Physicians, and Columbia-Cornell Care, see the big picture. In addition to his administrative work, he was a practicing ophthalmologist until 1992 and after retirement held service leadership appointments on numerous local, national and international boards, foundations and specialty organizations. 

John Sunderbruch, 34MD (2000)

Recognized for his more than 65 years of service to the medical profession, Dr. Sunderbruch helped his community through countless epidemics of smallpox, diphtheria, polio, measles, scarlet fever, and chickenpox.  His loyalty to his community throughout Iowa has saved the lives of many of its members. Dr. Sunderbruch also played a major role in the founding of the Iowa Foundation for Medical Care in 1971 and became the first President.  Since then, Dr. Sunderbruch has held every position in the IFMC executive office. 

Peter Wallace, 69MD 74R - pediatrics (2003)

Dedicated to the health and wellbeing of children, Dr. Wallace advocates for their access to health, education, and nutrition on local, state, and national levels through committees, boards, and hours of service work. In addition to his administrative role as vice president of medical affairs at Mercy Iowa City, some of his appointments include elected member of the Iowa City school board, member of the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA) board of directors, the American Academy of Pediatrics liaison to the National PTA, chair of the Iowa City Noon Rotary Club’s Community Service Committee.

Laverne Wintermeyer, 43BM 48MA 61MD 68R - pediatrics (2012)

As state epidemiologist and medical director for 18 years, Dr. Wintermeyer dealt skillfully with situations particular to the state and those that were on a more national scale including hospital-acquired infections, HIV/AIDS policy development, and the emergence of new strains of infectious disease. He also helped to mobilize a broad team of experts to improve hospital infection control, and his investigation of a measles episode led to a new vaccination regimen endorsed by the nation’s pediatricians and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Early Achievement

Gerard Clancy, 83BA 88MD 92R - psychiatry (2005)

Dedicated to meeting the needs of the community, Dr. Clancy established community outreach clinics and set up a mobile psychiatry team in Tulsa, Oklahoma after becoming dean and professor of psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Tulsa campus in 2001. Throughout his career he has received frequent honors for teaching and awards for community service.

Timothy Holtz, 91MD (2010)

Upholding the highest ideals of social justice and human dignity through his service as a physician, scientist, educator and health care activist, Dr. Holtz is a founding member of the non-governmental organization Doctors for Global Health. His professional positions include serving in the CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Program as the Country Program Director in Bangkok, Thailand where he oversaw large clinical trials of pre-exposure prophylaxis of antiretrovirals among intravenous drug users, as well as upcoming microbicide HIV prevention trials.

Jay Horton, 84BS 88MD (2007)

A young, accomplished clinical investigator who has earned an international reputation in the field of nutrition and lipid metabolism, Dr. Horton has focused his work on the molecular mediators of steatosis, finding that primary transcriptional regulators of cholesterol metabolism are key regulators of fatty acid synthesis and composition in liver. He has received a number of honors and awards, including an Industry Research Scholar Award from the American Gastroenterology Association, American Heart Association Established Investigator, and PEW Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences.

Judy Kersten, 92R - anesthesiology (2004)

An international leader in anesthesiology research, Dr. Kersten serves on several editorial boards, reviews manuscripts for Anesthesiology, Circulation and the American Journal of Physiology, was appointed chair of study section on myocardial ischemia and metabolism, and earned election to the prestigious and highly selective Association of University Anesthesiologists. She is also passionate about mentoring the next generation of physicians and faculty as a professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Virend Somers, 91R 93F - internal medicine (2006)

Recognized as one of the world’s premier researchers and clinicians in the area of human cardiovascular regulation and sleep research, Dr. Somers, a Mayo Foundation Clinical Investigator, worked to understand why people die during sleep. He was an elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the Association of University Cardiologists and delivered lectures to some of the most distinguished medical audiences in the world including the World Congress of Cardiology in Sydney, the Belgian Faculties of Medicine in Brussels, and the World Congress on Sleep Apnea in Helsinki.

Friendship

Robert Kelch (2006)

With a deep commitment to academic medicine as an administrator and physician-scientist, Dr. Kelch was instrumental in moving the UI Carver College of Medicine into the 21st century. As Dean of the college from 1994-2003, Kelch led the effort to revitalize the UI's health sciences campus and directed the development of a superior medical education program by re-thinking the traditional approach to medical school curriculum. 

R. Wayne Richey (1998)

As executive director of the Iowa State Board of Regents, Mr. Richey played a key role in advancing the College of Medicine’s efforts to improve facilities, programs, and research. Under his tenure, the College of Medicine opened many doors to educational, clinical, and research facilities that augmented the research and clinical activities of faculty and students of the College. Richey also acted as an ally in gaining the Board of Regents' support for the construction of the new Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility.

Sahai Family (2010)

As students, alumni, community-based faculty and loyal advocates, the Sahai family has supported the University of Iowa and the College of Medicine for decades, championing Iowa on many different levels including educating future physicians, philanthropic efforts to give Iowa a true home for medical education, and demonstrating their commitment to primary care specialties. Their dedication to health care is as evident in their family genes as in their generous spirit, with three generations working in different fields of medicine. 

Kenneth Yerington, 58BSC (1999)

Serving as Director of Financial Management and Control for the UIHC, Mr. Yerington helped lead the institution through dramatic changes and reforms to health care financial management, and a large share of the success of the University of Iowa’s Health Sciences Center is due to the financial guidance he provided. Throughout his tenure he served on numerous UIHC, U of I, and State of Iowa health care and finance committees, and later in his career became an adjunct assistant professor for the Graduate Program in Hospital and Health Administration.  

Contact

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