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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 face."