Stoltz named Pulmonary Division Director

The message below was sent to the Department of Internal Medicine earlier today. I have the great pleasure to announce that David A. Stoltz, MD, PhD, has been named Director of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Occupational Medicine, effective December 1. We are grateful for the 11 years of leadership that his predecessor, […]


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 […]

Rock stars @ Iowa

After six years of writing a new post every two weeks, I am certainly not going to stop in my last two months. Thank you for the many kind words and well-wishes I have received since news of my impending departure was announced on Monday. I look forward to using these remaining weeks with you […]

Leadership transition

The below was emailed to the faculty, staff, and trainees of our department earlier today. Friends and Colleagues in the Department of Medicine: After nearly six years as Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at the Carver College of Medicine, I have made the decision to step down at the end of December. An […]

Diversity will secure our future

In my last post we were near the end of Women in Medicine month and now we are right in the middle of Latinx Heritage Month. This celebration is unique for several reasons, not least of which is that the University of Iowa formally recognizes its run from September 15 through November 2. That beginning […]

Loss and resilience

Make no mistake, we have been facing a lot of hard days. Recent losses of faculty members, losses by department colleagues of parents, and even the loss of children have reminded us all of our fragility and the quickness with which our whole world can change. But in our grief, we are reminded of the […]

Our publications reflect who we are

Recently, the Carver College of Medicine asked department chairs to nominate up to three publications from 2020 that demonstrate excellence in research for a “Best Paper Award.” Only one nomination could be considered in each of three categories of research—basic science, clinical, and education. With more than 1,100 publications last year by department faculty, this […]

Sad news about Y-Chen (Elizabeth) Kuo, MD

It is with an incredibly heavy heart that I share news of the unexpected passing of our friend and colleague Dr. Elizabeth Kuo this morning. I know I can speak for our entire community when I offer her husband of 38 years, Chou-Long, their children, Ivan and Jocely, and their first grandchild, our deepest sympathies […]

Appreciating our diversity, our strength

What an honor it is to write this week’s message to you. On Tuesday next week, the Department of Internal Medicine will return to a tradition we began 15 years ago, Employee Appreciation Day. In its first years, we designed and printed T-shirts for everyone, and I enjoy seeing those appear in labs or around […]

Social determinants of health, burnout and self-care

If you attended or watched last week’s Grand Rounds given by Dr. Robert Wallace from the College of Public Health, you would have learned that we had been losing ground in the United States when it comes to life expectancy even before COVID-19 appeared. The reason for this comes back again and again to social […]