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UI College of Medicine department heads appointed to chairs
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two department heads in the University of Iowa College
of Medicine have been appointed to the first endowed chairs in their departments.
The appointments were effective Dec. 3.
Dr. Bruce Gantz, UI professor and head of the department of otolaryngology
in the college, was named to the Brian F. McCabe Distinguished Chair in
Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery. The chair honors Dr. Brian McCabe,
UI professor emeritus, who served as department head from 1964 to 1993.
The chair was funded by private gifts made through the UI Foundation by
former residents and faculty of the department.
Gantz served as interim head of the department from 1993 to 1995, when
he was officially named to the position. He has pioneered work on the use
of cochlear implants to restore hearing to profoundly deaf children and
adults. A native of New York City, Gantz received his bachelor of science
degree in 1968, his M.D. degree in 1974 and a master's degree in otolaryngology
in 1980, all from the UI. He also completed a research fellowship and residency
in otolaryngology at Iowa.
Dr. Richard Sontheimer, UI professor and head of the department of dermatology,
has been named to the John S. Strauss Endowed Chair in Dermatology. The
chair recognizes the commitment of Strauss, who served as department head
from 1978 to 1998. Strauss retired as head in June. He continues to teach
in the UI College of Medicine and see patients at the UI Hospitals and
Clinics. Like the McCabe Chair, the Strauss Chair was endowed by private
gifts made through the UI Foundation.
In July Sontheimer came to Iowa from the University of Texas Southwestern
Medical Center in Dallas. A noted immunodermatology expert, he studies
lupus and serves on the editorial board of the international journal Lupus.
Sontheimer is a graduate of Southwestern Medical School, where he completed
his dermatology residency and a fellowship. He also completed an internal
medicine residency at the University of Utah.
Dr. Susan Johnson, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and associate
dean for faculty affairs at the UI College of Medicine, said the chairs
allow the college to "appropriately recognize our talented faculty
and provide them opportunities to further advance medical research and