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Women represent over half of our clinical activity and are the primary health care decision makers in most families. With that in mind, UI Health Care is committed to creating a fully integrated system of health care for women across all life stages, complemented by robust research and educational opportunities. To underscore this commitment, we have formally designated women’s health as a strategic priority.

Kim Leslie, MD, the new head of obstetrics and gynecology, is leading the development of UI Women’s Health. Dr. Leslie has defined a broad, inclusive concept for women’s health and will work with other physician leaders to plan and implement this important strategy. By creating a vibrant system of coordinated care that spans all stages of a woman’s life, we foster our ability to build a lifetime relationship with the women we serve. For more information, visit the Women's Health Web site.

In just one example of our efforts around health promotion and disease prevention for women, UI Health Care has assumed a leadership position in the “Go Red” campaign for women’s cardiovascular health (see event details below.)

Every member of our faculty and staff has an important role to play in our efforts to meet the health care needs of women. Together, we will become an organization that women will embrace as a partner in their lifelong care.

Please continue to share your comments and suggestions with me via e-mail.

Signed, Jean Robillard

294 UI physicians among ‘Best Doctors in America’

The 2009-10 “Best Doctors in America” database recognizes 294 physicians from UI Hospitals and Clinics and UI Children’s Hospital.

Of the 294 physicians, all are members of University of Iowa Physicians, he faculty group practice of the UI Carver College of Medicine. UI’s physicians comprise nearly 60 percent of the 507 individual Iowa physicians on the nationwide database.

Among the physicians within Iowa listed on the database, 309 received all or part of their education with UI Health Care as medical school graduates or through residencies, fellowships, or some combination of those experiences.

UI QuickCare–East opens in Iowa City

UI QuickCare–East, a walk-in health care clinic offered by UI Health Care, has opened at 1843 Lower Muscatine Road, just north of Sycamore Mall in Iowa City. Free parking is available at the new site and hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Other area UI QuickCare locations are UI QuickCare–Old Capitol Towne Center in downtown Iowa City and UI QuickCare–North Liberty, located at 3 Lions Drive in North Liberty.

Alumni give $1 million to advance Ponseti method

A $1 million gift to The University of Iowa Foundation from Bob Whitmore and Molly Osterhaus Whitmore of Minneapolis will enable the university to continue the pioneering work of the late Ignacio V. Ponseti, MD, in countries around the world. The gift will provide funding for the Ponseti International Association at the UI to train health care professionals in every nation to use the clubfoot treatment known as the Ponseti method. The low-cost, non-surgical, and highly effective treatment was developed at the UI by Ponseti, a UI professor emeritus who died October 18 at the age of 95.

Dr. Johnson elected to national board

Susan Johnson, MD, has been elected to a two-year term as vice chair of the National Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Johnson is associate provost for faculty at The University of Iowa and professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the UI Carver College of Medicine and of Epidemiology in the UI College of Public Health. She has been associated with the National Board since 1994; served on a number of NBME committees; and has also served as chair of the United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 2 Obstetrics & Gynecology Committee and as treasurer of the Board.

Dr. Horswill receives Merck’s Sigal Award

Alexander R. Horswill, PhD, assistant professor of microbiology, has received a 2010 Merck Irving S. Sigal Memorial Award from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). The award will be presented at the ASM General Meeting in May in San Diego, California, and recognizes excellence in basic research in medical microbiology and infectious diseases.

Dr. Murray to be honored as mentor

Jeffrey Murray, MD, Roy J. Carver Chair of Perinatal Health and professor of pediatrics, biology, pediatric dentistry, and epidemiology, will receive the 2009 Graduate College Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award: Biological and Life Sciences on Tuesday at a ceremony in the Levitt Center for University Advancement.

Looking ahead

Go Red for Women Luncheon, Thursday, December 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Coralville Marriott Hotel, 300 East 9th St. The UI Heart and Vascular Center, in conjunction with the American Heart Association (AHA), will host the luncheon which features a vendor fair, silent auction, and nutrition and fitness breakout sessions. Tickets are still available for $40 by calling the AHA office at 319-378-1763 or toll free at 888-619-7980.

Human Rights Week Blood Drive, Friday, January 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., John Pappajohn Pavilion Lobby (Elevator I, Level 1).

Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Lecture, Tuesday, January 19, noon to 1 p.m., Prem Sahai Auditorium, 1110A MERF. Freeman A. Hrabowski III, President, The University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will present “Educating Leaders in Health Care for the 21st Century.”

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