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Release: Dec. 15, 1999
University of Iowa neurology pioneer is honored with memorial lectureship
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A $50,000 gift in memory of Dr. Adolph L. Sahs, former
head of the University of Iowa department of neurology in the College of Medicine,
will bring a renowned lecturer in the field of neurology to the UI campus
each year. The Sahs family's gift to the UI Foundation will establish the
Adolph L. Sahs Memorial Visiting Lectureship.
The distinguished visiting lecturers brought to the UI by the Sahs gift
will speak on topics relating to clinical practice and research in neurology
and will spend a day teaching medical students and residents in the neurology
Dr. Antonio Damasio, the head of the UI neurology department, hailed
the Sahs family's generosity, saying the gift will help continue the department's
reputation of excellence in education, scholarship and research.
"Dr. Sahs was a leader in neurology who made many significant contributions
to our field and who took great care to share his knowledge with his students.
His family's gift will influence the field of neurology for generations,"
Under Sahs's leadership, the UI neurology department began to establish
its reputation as a premier neurological center. Known as an exceptional teacher
and an astute diagnostician, Sahs was the author of 185 publications and was
internationally renowned for his expertise in aneurysm, stroke and related
conditions. He had many affiliations with prominent medical organizations,
including service as a founding member and president of the American Academy
of Neurology and as president of the American Neurological Association and
the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Sahs's association with the UI spanned 65 years. A gifted athlete who
lettered twice in baseball at Iowa, he received his undergraduate degree (1927)
and M.D. degree (1931) at the UI and served part of his residency here. Except
for two years conducting research in Boston and New Haven, Conn., under a
Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, Sahs spent his entire career on the UI
neurology faculty. He was department head from 1948 to 1974 and subsequently
served as professor emeritus in the department until his death in 1986. The
neurology department library is named for Sahs, who won a Distinguished Alumni
Award from the UI Alumni Association in 1981.
Dr. Harold Adams, who will coordinate the lecture program for the UI
neurology department, said the lectureship is a fitting tribute to Sahs.
"He taught several generations of physicians in this state and led in
the treatment of Iowans with neurological diseases. He was revered by his
students and colleagues. A lectureship in neurology befits his interests,"
The first Adolph L. Sahs Lecture will be given in September 2000 by Dr.
Mark L. Dyken, professor emeritus of neurology at Indiana University School
of Medicine. Dyken is editor of the journal Stroke and was a long-time friend
and colleague of Sahs. He will discuss clinical trials in stroke, an area
of research in which Sahs was a pioneer.
The University of Iowa Foundation is the preferred channel of support
for private contributions to all areas of the University of Iowa. Foundation
staff work with alumni and friends to provide support for professorships,
scholarships, facilities improvements, equipment purchases, research funds,
and other developmental activities at the UI.