Davis named Interim Director of the Division of Immunology

The message below was sent to the Department of Internal Medicine earlier today. I am pleased to announce that Benjamin Davis, MD, PhD, clinical associate professor of internal medicine in immunology and of pediatrics, has accepted the role of Interim Director for the Division of Immunology, which includes allergy, immunology, and rheumatology services, effective July […]


It is a busy time for us all as we close the books on one academic and fiscal year and ready ourselves to write new chapters in the next. As good as it can feel to wipe slates and start fresh, we are saying good-bye to more than just sets of numbers. Residents, fellows, and […]

Commitment to community

Being a member of a community comes with a lot of benefits. You have people around you who give you encouragement, who invest in your growth, who value your wellbeing, who celebrate your successes and commiserate with you over your setbacks. But membership in a community places certain obligations on you as well. First, you […]

Elaine Demetroulis, MD, 1970–2022

We learned this morning that Dr. Elaine Demetroulis, a former interventional cardiologist in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, passed away. Dr. Demetroulis was associated with the University of Iowa for more than 25 years, starting with medical school at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine and […]

Building a stronger organization together

Without translation, bench science is just knowledge. Similarly, soliciting feedback without application risks alienating your data source. Why respond to a survey if your answers just get filed in a drawer? It was with this belief and a respect for our members’ time in mind that we decided not to let last year’s Employee Engagement […]

The education thread

One week later, and I am still thrilled by what an excellent Residency Match Day our department and the Carver College of Medicine had. After the outright cancellation of festivities in 2020 and the limited return of some traditions in 2021—aided by good weather—it was a wonderful feeling to see so many expectant medical school […]

Investing in our future leaders

Last week I had the good fortune to attend the meeting of the Association of Professors of Medicine (APM), sponsored by the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine. As nice as it was to catch up briefly with Dr. Abel and—for those of you who have been here for a few years—with Dr. Rosenthal, the true […]

Your feedback answered

It would be nice if recent events were not so eventful and that we could talk about other things, but you must play the cards in front of you. I am grateful for your attention to this forum to help respond to and hopefully allay concerns. So let’s address the biggest change in leadership since […]

Growing the pie

Ten years ago, the ambulatory clinics at Iowa River Landing in Coralville opened their doors. We established a major footprint off-campus, increasing patient convenience and volume, and expanded the services we could offer. Now that we are bumping our heads against the ceiling of IRL, we have turned our sights toward North Liberty and an […]

Thomas O’Dorisio, MD, 1943 – 2022

It is my sad duty to share news with you of the recent passing of Dr. Tom O’Dorisio, whom I remember most vividly from the wonderful keynote remarks he delivered at a CCOM commencement ceremony some years ago. His partner in many things, M. Sue O’Dorisio, MD, PhD, tells us that he died peacefully near their […]