Durairaj to succeed McGowan as ICVA Section Chief in pulmonary medicine

After more than two decades leading pulmonary care at the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center (ICVA), Stephen McGowan, MD, professor in Pulmonary, Critical Care and Occupational Medicine, is stepping down from his position as Pulmonary Section Chief. During his time as chief, Dr. McGowan remained dedicated to caring for his patients, led the pulmonary […]

Risk of Venous Thromboembolism in Hospitalized Patients with Acute Ischemic Stroke Versus Other Neurological Conditions

Article: Risk of Venous Thromboembolism in Hospitalized Patients with Acute Ischemic Stroke Versus Other Neurological Conditions Authors: Aayushi Garg, Nirav Dhanesha, Amir Shaban, Edgar A Samaniego, Anil K Chauhan, Enrique C Leira Journal: J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2021 Nov;30(11):106077 Abstract: Background: The mechanism of increased risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) after acute ischemic stroke (AIS) […]

Weber receives ACP Laureate Award

Joining a long list of her Internal Medicine colleagues, Andrea N. Weber, MD, MME, FACP, clinical assistant professor of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry, received the Laureate Award from the Iowa Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP). The Laureate Award honors ACP Fellows and Masters who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in medical […]

Relabeling of penicillin drug allergy after evaluation in a drug allergy clinic

Article: Relabeling of penicillin drug allergy after evaluation in a drug allergy clinic Authors: Deanna McDanel, Lyvia Hosch, Kassi D Pham, Abbey Schwery, Karlie Seiler, Amy M Dowden Journal: J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2021 Sep 16;S2213-2198(21)01004-7 Clinical implications: More than 90% of patients after evaluation in a drug allergy clinic had their penicillin allergy […]

Karley Wahl joins the Internal Medicine Human Resources Team

The Department of Internal Medicine is pleased to welcome Karley Wahl, PHR, who joins our Human Resources team as an HR Generalist. Wahl has more than 11 years’ experience in private sector human resources, specializing in issues related to compensation and compliance, systems design and information technology, recruitment, training, and risk management. Wahl will pick up […]


I had hoped to begin this week’s post extolling the virtues of my interim replacement, but alas, that work is still ongoing. We appreciate the care and consideration that leadership is exercising in this process. We know they want to ensure continuity and stability during what everyone hopes will be an efficient but thorough and […]

SHM Poster Session, 2021

Late last month, the Iowa Chapter of the Society of Hospital Medicine hosted its sixth annual poster session, virtually for a second year. More than twenty presentations in research, innovation, and clinical vignettes were submitted for competition, the winner of which receives guaranteed poster acceptance at the April SHM national meeting in Nashville and their […]

Our nephrologists at Kidney Week

The Division of Nephrology and Hypertension may be the smallest in Internal Medicine, but during the American Society of Nephrology’s Kidney Week 2021, they made big moves at the national level. Under the leadership of Division Director Chou-Long Huang, MD, PhD, the division submitted 17 accepted abstracts and presentations for the virtual conference earlier this […]

Online presentation: Updates in Osteoporosis – November 18, 2021

Internal Medicine’s Virtual Grand Rounds presentation for Thursday, November 18 will be: Updates in Osteoporosis 12:00-1:00pm Thursday, November 18, 2021 Amal Shibli-Rahhal, MD, MS, Clinical Professor, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism Click this link on Thursday just before noon to join the presentation: https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/97095194597 This Grand Rounds presentation will be recorded and available for viewing […]

Social workers bridge the gap between clinic and community

This year marks the centennial of social workers as crucial providers at University of Iowa Health Care. Within the Department of Internal Medicine, social workers have been a part of the care offered people diagnosed with HIV and AIDS for more than two decades. Funded through the Ryan White CARE legislation, our department’s eight social […]