With gratitude, the future is bright

For many of us, this is a time of year to take stock of what has gone before and to reflect on what lies ahead. I hope that most of you have had the opportunity to spend quality time with your families and your loved ones during this year-end holiday season. I also want to […]

State of the Department, 2021

The following is an abridged and edited transcript of yesterday’s State of the Department address. To view the entire presentation, click here (hawkid login required). Thank you to those of you who braved the pandemic to come and sit in the auditorium as well as those of you who are joining online. So it’s a […]

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 […]