VA’s CADRE refines critical illness scoring system

The team at the Center for Access & Delivery Research and Evaluation (CADRE) continues to place novel and validated patient care at the forefront of its research. A group of Internal Medicine researchers within the Iowa City VA’s Center of Innovation have developed a new critical illness severity scoring system (CISSS), which helps physicians predict […]

Weighing risks in a COVID era

As novel coronavirus infections cycle through spikes and plateaus and states and communities around the nation implement ever-shifting levels of restrictions, it can be difficult for the public to make informed and sensible choices, especially ones based on their own potential for a severe case of COVID-19. Mixed messaging can blur the lines between a […]

Furqan receives NCI leadership award

Muhammad Furqan, MD, associate professor in Hematology, Oncology, and Blood & Marrow Transplantation and leader of the Thoracic Multidisciplinary Oncology Group at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center (HCCC), has received a 2020 Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award (CCITLA) from the National Cancer Institute. This two-year, $119,982 award recognizes Furqan’s passion, advocacy, and hard work […]

Keeping our service members safe

In recent months, sexual harassment and assault in the military has regained the public’s attention. Reports beyond the headlines show sexual violence continues to be a threat to the well-being and health of service members in the U.S. armed forces. For nearly two decades, Michelle Mengeling, PhD, assistant professor in General Internal Medicine has published […]

Scherer receives two grants to study, promote vaccine adoption

Although vaccines have played an essential role in infectious disease prevention in the United States, the acceptance and administration for many vaccines is still suboptimal. With the COVID-19 pandemic projected to overlap with this year’s flu season, the uptake of the seasonal flu vaccine will be even more crucial as we continue to grapple with […]

Clinicians develop model to calculate patient risk for NAFLD decompensation

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is one of the most common liver diseases worldwide and is associated with conditions such as obesity and metabolic syndrome, which can lead to diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. Although common, identifying people who could be at risk for NAFLD decompensation can be challenging for physicians. “We needed a way […]

Hospitalists reflect on our response to COVID-19

We reached out to Andrew Bryant, MD; Jeydith Gutierrez Perez, MD; and Bradley Manning, MD, to offer their perspective on what they witnessed during the initial planning and response to COVID-19 within University of Iowa Health Care. Their responses have been lightly edited. What changes did you notice in that period of late March and […]

Clinical trials in cancer at Iowa barely lose a step

Last week, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) released a special report titled “A Guide to Cancer Care Delivery During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” It details an approach for oncologists and other care providers to ensure their own safety and that of those they treat, given the higher likelihood of a patient’s immuno-compromised status.  For […]

Online presentation: COVID-19 Associated Coagulopathy – April 30, 2020

Internal Medicine’s Virtual Grand Rounds presentation for Thursday, April 30, 2020, will be: COVID-19 Associated Coagulopathy 12:00-1:00pm Thursday, April 30, 2020 Presented by: Usha Perepu, MBBS, MRCP, Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Blood & Marrow Transplantation Click this link on Thursday just before noon to join the presentation: […]

A day in the life . . .

Models are by their nature subject to constant revision. Two weeks ago, we believed we would now be in the peak of demand on University of Iowa Health Care resources as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Recent well-publicized outbreaks in Iowa and other factors have now pushed our peak to around May 8. That […]