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Among the many things we have to celebrate this Fourth of July are all the wonderful things University of Iowa Children’s Hospital does to meet the health care needs of children and their families. The passion of our faculty and staff drives the highest quality of care across a full spectrum—from health promotion and well-child care to treating traumatic injuries and life-threatening illness, to birth defects, chronic illness, and developmental disabilities.

We already have so much to be proud of, and the accomplishments continue. Recently, UI Children’s Hospital was ranked 25th in the nation for kidney disorders by U.S.News & World Report’s 2009 edition of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.” Prior to that, it was ranked 20th in the nation by Parents magazine. The American College of Surgeons also recently verified the hospital as the first and only facility in Iowa to earn designation as a Level I trauma center for pediatrics.

Such a commitment to excellence also brings us generous supporters. UI head football coach Kirk Ferentz and former UI football player and San Diego Chargers kicker Nate Kaeding recently sat down to share their thoughts on why UI Children’s Hospital is important to them and to the state of Iowa. See their interviews online.

Children are our future, and I can’t thank you enough for your hard work and dedication to ensure their health and well-being. I wish you and your loved ones all the best for a happy and healthy July 4th weekend.


Signed, Jean Robillard

UI faculty members receive Collegiate Teaching Awards

Twenty University of Iowa faculty members—eight of whom are health sciences recipients—have received Collegiate Teaching Awards for the 2008-09 academic year. The awards represent the highest honor a college bestows on its faculty for excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching.

The health sciences recipients of the 2008-09 Collegiate Teaching Awards are: Teresa Marshall, College of Dentistry; Lisa Antes, Steven Craig, Adrian Elcock, and Jill Endres, Carver College of Medicine; Howard Butcher, College of Nursing; John Swegle, College of Pharmacy; and Kelly Donham, College of Public Health.

Brenner begins term as Head of Biochemistry

Charles Brenner, PhD, begins his appointment this week as head of the Department of Biochemistry, UI Carver College of Medicine.

Brenner was previously a professor of genetics and of biochemistry at Dartmouth Medical School, scientific director of the Comprehensive Thoracic Oncology Program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and associate director for basic sciences at Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Lebanon, N.H. Brenner will replace Madeline Shea, PhD, who has been interim department head since July 2008.

A reception for Drs. Brenner and Shea is scheduled for Thursday, July 2 from 3 to 4 p.m. in the MERF Atrium. There will be brief remarks at about 3:30 p.m. All are welcome.

Hayreh receives honor from Royal College of Ophthalmologists

Sohan Singh Hayreh, MD, PhD, has received an honorary fellowship from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists in Britain for his notable contributions to ophthalmology. Hayreh received the recognition, which is the highest honor conferred by the organization, at a ceremony held June 12 in London.

Hayreh is professor emeritus of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the UI Carver College of Medicine and director of the Ocular Vascular Clinic at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Rosenthal to lead Society of General Internal Medicine

Gary Rosenthal, MD, professor of internal medicine at the UI Carver College of Medicine and physician with UI Hospitals and Clinics, has been appointed president-elect of the Society of General Internal Medicine, an organization at the forefront of efforts to promote national health care reform.

The appointment was effective May 1. Rosenthal, who also directs the UI Division of General Internal Medicine, will serve as the society’s president from May 2010 to May 2011.

Rosenthal also directs the Center for Research in the Implementation of Innovative Strategies in Practice at the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center and holds an appointment in health management and policy at the UI College of Public Health.

Woodhead is president-elect of national organization

Jerold Woodhead, MD, associate professor of pediatrics in the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and director of the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at UI Children’s Hospital, is the new president-elect of the Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics. His two-year term began April 29 and will be followed by a two-year term as president of the council.

Woodhead, who directs medical student education in pediatrics at the UI has been active with the council for many years and helped develop the core curriculum for medical students in general pediatrics. In his new role, he intends to continue the council’s efforts to promote educational research, develop new programs, and identify ways to evaluate educational activities and outcomes.

Call for nominations

The UI Carver College of Medicine invites nominations of students from the Class of 2010 for membership in the Gold Humanism Honor Society. This society, supported by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, recognizes fourth year medical students who have displayed outstanding humanistic and professional behaviors and the highest standards of compassion and sensitivity in their interactions with patients.

Nominations may be submitted by any member of the faculty, student body, and staff of the College of Medicine; by any member of the house staff or the nursing and patient care staff of UI Hospitals and Clinics; by patients; or by any member of the faculty or staff of an affiliated community-based medical education program.

Letters of nomination will be accepted until Thursday, July 2, 2009, and should be forwarded electronically to Margaret LeMay-Lewis, Writing Program Director and Gold Foundation Awards Coordinator, Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum.


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