The Department of Internal Medicine is pleased to introduce some of the faculty members who joined us in July 2023. The group below have joined the Division of General Internal Medicine; new faculty from other divisions will be announced in the coming weeks. We are happy to welcome them to the department.
Dr. Michael Corbett joins the Division of General Internal Medicine from a Hospitalist position at Aspirus Wasuau Hospital in Wausau, Wisconsin. He received his MD from St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies, followed by an internal medicine residency at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, New York. Dr. Corbett also completed a fellowship in Infectious Disease from Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in New Jersey.
Dr. Taylor Cox joins the Division of General Internal Medicine after completing his internal medicine residency at the University of Iowa. He received his MD from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Dr. Cox’s clinical and research interests include resident and medical student education and quality improvement. When not working he enjoys being outdoors with his children, biking, and cheering on the hawks.
Dr. Habashi received his medical degree from Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine in Cairo, Egypt. He worked as a primary care physician in Egypt, he then pursued his internal medicine residency training at Yale-Waterbury Internal Medicine Residency Program in Connecticut. He subsequently joined the faculty there as a Clinician Educator. Dr. Habashi has a special interest in global health and point-of-care ultrasound. He is currently pursuing a MSs in Epidemiology at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the distance learning program. Outside medicine, Dr. Habashi enjoying travel, reading, hiking, and playing soccer.
Dr. M. Bryant Howren joins the Division of General Internal Medicine from a faculty position at Florida State University in Tallahassee, where he was the Florida Blue Endowed Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine and Director of the Florida Blue Center for Rural Health Research & Policy. Dr. Howren received his PhD in Health Psychology from the University of Iowa, followed by an MPH from the UI College of Public Health. He was also previously a VA HSR&D postdoctoral fellow at the VA Iowa City Health Care System. Dr. Howren’s research interests focus on access to care for rural veterans and issues related to cancer survivorship, particularly in rural populations. His hobbies include running and driving his 8- and 6-year-olds, Lucas and Jacob, around town to various extracurriculars.
Lauren Kirkpatrick is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Palliative and Supportive Care Team. She completed her undergraduate degree in biology and public health at Illinois Wesleyan University. Prior to attending medical school she served as a Community Heath Volunteer in the Peace Corps in Peru. She went on to earn her medical degree from the University of Iowa and completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Kentucky. She practiced as a hospitalist for a year in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, before returning to the University of Iowa to complete her fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Care. She has an interest in home hospice care, building connections with patients in the ambulatory and community settings, and global health. Outside of work, she loves spending time with her husband and daughter, biking, spending time outdoors, and watching Hawkeye sports and cooking shows.
Dr. Morton Malcom Machir comes to the Division of General Internal Medicine after completing his internal medicine residency at Southern Illinois University in Springfield, Illinois. He received his MD from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Dr. Machir’s research and clinical interests focus on clinical reasoning and education. When he is not at work, he enjoys exercising, going out to eat, podcasting, and watching movies and shows with friends and family.
Dr. Shahana Prakash joins the Division of General Internal Medicine from her residency at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She received her MD from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Prakash’s clinical interests focus on internal medicine. Outside the hospital, Dr. Prakash enjoys playing tennis and biking.
Dr. Mahak Saad joined the Division of General Internal Medicine after completing her internal medicine residency here. Dr. Saad received her MD from McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She also completed a year of residency training in general surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago, prior to pursuing internal medicine. Her academic interests include medical student and resident education and leadership. Her clinical interests include mental health, preventative care, and womens’ health. In her free time, she enjoys reading and writing, hiking in the great outdoors, and playing with her pet conure named Birdie. She hopes to write a book integrating her love for narrative medicine and poetry in the future.
Dr. Samuel Zetumer joins the Division of General Internal Medicine after completion of his internal medicine residency here, where he also served as a Chief Resident. Dr. Zetumer received his MD from the University of California-San Francisco, along with a Masters of Advanced Study (MAS) in Clinical Research. He is the Chief Health Informatics Officer for our neighbors at the Iowa City VHA. When he isn’t working, Dr. Zetumer enjoys cooking and programming.