Infectious Diseases honors Nauseef at retirement

After four decades at the University of Iowa, William Nauseef, MD, announced his intention to retire and stepped back from clinical responsibilities. An infectious diseases physician and researcher, the founder and longtime director of the Iowa Inflammation Program, Nauseef balanced daily work in the lab and in the clinic with education, mentoring, and generous support for peers.

One of those peers, Jack Stapleton, MD, opened last week’s Internal Medicine Grand Rounds held in Nauseef’s honor, with a brief recounting of his achievements, including leadership roles with the Society for Leukocyte Biology and its flagship journal.

Stapleton then explained that guests had been invited to Iowa to celebrate Nauseef’s career and impact. The first, Harry Malech, MD, a mentor of Nauseef’s at Yale and now Chief of the Genetic Immunotherapy Section at the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, presented on cell therapies for chronic granulomatous disease.

July 13, 2023
A tribute in honor of Dr. William Nauseef’s retirement
Cell Therapies for Treatment of Chronic Granulomatous Disease: Allogeneic Transplant, Gene Therapy
Harry Malech, MD, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

In the last photo above, Nauseef, Stapleton, and Malech stand with Robert Clark, MD, Assistant Vice President for Clinical Research at the University of Texas, San Antonio. Clark formerly served as Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Iowa and recruited a number of its current faculty members.

Clark was invited to deliver the Infectious Diseases Grand Rounds later that afternoon. After his presentation to the more intimately sized audience, Stapleton presented Nauseef with a couple tokens of appreciation from the division, including a framed print of the Old Capitol.

A few others in the room offered words of appreciation for Nauseef and his impact, followed by Nauseef himself. He expressed gratitude for the years of support and what it meant to him to have colleagues he could rely on, whose skills he never had cause to doubt whenever he needed their help covering his clinic.

A small reception followed with cake, fruit and many well-wishers, including some special guests.

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