CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: Aug. 18, 1999
Johnson named head of UI department of family medicine
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Cynda Ann Johnson, M.D., has been
named head of the University of Iowa department of family medicine, following
a nationwide search. Her appointment is effective Oct. 1.
Johnson comes to the UI from the University of Kansas
Medical Center, where she was professor and interim chair of family medicine,
and professor of gynecology and obstetrics. She replaces Gerald Jogerst, M.D.,
UI assistant professor of family medicine who has served as interim head of
the department since last August.
"We are delighted to have Dr. Johnson joining our
faculty," said Robert P. Kelch, M.D., dean of the UI College of Medicine.
"Her teaching and clinical credentials in family medicine, particularly in
women's health and reproductive health issues, are outstanding. She will be
an exceptional leader in the department and a tremendous asset to the university
and the community."
"Dr. Johnson comes to Iowa with an impressive record
of clinical expertise, teaching skills and professional service. Her appointment
to lead the department of family medicine ensures not only that our medical
students and residents will continue to receive the best training, but that
our physicians and staff will continue to deliver the best care to Iowa families,"
added R. Edward Howell, director and C.E.O. of the UI Hospitals and Clinics.
Johnson received her medical degree in 1977 from the
University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine. She joined the
University of Kansas faculty in 1980, where she has been actively involved
in teaching, research and professional service activities. She has served
on numerous committees at the university involving medical education, medical
resident training and patient care, as well as a number of national committees
in family medicine. She is currently president of the American Board of Family
Practice and is a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties.
Last May she earned a master's of business administration
degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Johnson currently serves as a reviewer or editorial
board member for several leading medical journals, including American Family
Physician, the Journal of Family Practice, Family Medicine, the Journal of
General Internal Medicine and The Female Patient.
She is a co-author of "Women's Health Care Handbook,"
published in 1996; a second edition of the book will be out soon. She has
also written several book chapters, book reviews, and journal articles related
to family medicine principles and practice, obstetric care, gynecology, and
women's health, in general.
"I am very excited about this opportunity at the University
of Iowa, which has an excellent national reputation as an academic medical
center," Johnson said. "I am from a rural state, and I have a good understanding
of the medical training needs of a rural state. I plan to use my experience
in this area to help educate and train people who are highly skilled and well
prepared to cover the gamut of issues that family physicians in rural areas