Pulmonary division recognizes contributions of four colleagues

Four departing faculty members of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Occupational Medicine were sent off in style at an event held in the Jean and Renée Robillard Atrium of the Medical Education Research Facility earlier this week. Fellow researchers and clinicians, faculty colleagues, trainees, and staff all came to bid farewell to Michael Eberlein, MD, PhD; Tayyab Rehman, MD; Bradley Rosen, DO; and Kamonpun Ussavarungsi, MD.

After a short social mix during which guests enjoyed some snacks and conversation, Division Director David Stoltz, MD, PhD, opened by thanking everyone for attending. He then spoke briefly about the contributions each of the four had made to the division in a variety of ways. Stoltz then invited colleagues up to provide additional comments.

Douglas Hornick, MD, spoke first about Rosen, who will take a position at Indiana University focusing on the care of people diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and with asthma. Hornick commented on Rosen’s resourcefulness and resilience during both his fellowship and as a faculty member. Hornick also pointed out that Iowa provided Rosen with more than training, having met and married his wife, urologist Courtney Yong, MD, during his time in Iowa City. Yong is currently finishing her year as Chief Resident in Urology and will join Rosen in Indiana to pursue a urology fellowship.

Next, Lynda Ostedgaard, PhD, took the podium to praise Rehman, who has accepted a position at the University of Michigan in their Pulmonary Critical Care Division to continue his career as a physician-scientist. Ostedgaard cited Rehman’s talents as a researcher, particularly noteworthy since he had received limited training in research before joining the division and the University of Iowa. Rehman spoke after Ostedgaard and thanked Joseph Zabner, MD, and Michael Welsh, MD, for their mentorship and the opportunities he had found at Iowa. Rehman’s wife, thoracic surgeon Zarrish Khan, MD, will join the Section of Thoracic Surgery also at Michigan.

 

Ussavarungsi joined the division around the same time as Rehman in late 2017. Though where Rehman’s interests drew him toward cystic fibrosis, Ussavarungsi’s led her to interstitial lung disease (ILD). Nabeel Hamzeh, MD, who led the creation of a formal ILD Clinic at University of Iowa Health Care, praised Ussavarungsi’s wealth of knowledge and ILD expertise. He noted that her background had very nicely complemented the other faculty members’ expertise, balancing out a strong team. Ussavarungsi was recruited by the Cleveland Clinic to develop and direct a rare lung disease program.

 

Eberlein, the one of the four with the longest tenure at Iowa, closed out the quartet. Julia Klesney-Tait, MD, PhD, described Eberlein’s role in the establishment of the UI Health Care Lung Transplant Program, noting that his efforts were a critical component of the exceptional results that the program has achieved since its inception. Kal Parekh, MBBS, interim chair and DEO of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, echoed Klesney-Tait, detailing Eberlein’s essential contributions since the program’s inception. Eberlein, who will now serve as Assistant Director of the Lung Transplant Program at the University of Maryland, praised the many strengths of the division and the department, to whom he is grateful.

 

Following these remarks, each of the faculty members were presented with a print from local artist Suzanne Aunun of the University of Iowa Medical Campus, a detailed reproduction that rewards close inspection.

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