CONTACT: SUSAN L. GREEN
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-9165; fax (319) 335-9917
Release: June 23, 1999
UI names new director, co-director of Medical Scientist
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Pamela Geyer, Ph.D., associate professor
of biochemistry at the University of Iowa, has been named the new director
of the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). Michael Welsh, M.D., UI
professor of internal medicine and physiology and biophysics, will become
the new co-director of the program.
The change in leadership will take place in August when
current director Gary Koretzky, Ph.D., M.D., associate professor of internal
medicine and physiology and biophysics, steps down.
Geyer, a faculty member since 1989, has served as co-director
of the MSTP since 1997.
"She is a nationally recognized scientist with high
scientific standards and experience in graduate research training," said
Allyn Mark, M.D., UI College of Medicine associate dean for research and graduate
programs. "With Gary Koretzky, Pam helped revitalize the MSTP. She has
a strong and energetic commitment to the program."
Welsh, a physician-scientist himself, has been on the
faculty since 1981. He has had extensive experience training MSTP students.
He has been an increasingly prominent advocate nationally for the future of
physician-scientists in this country.
"Mike is highly regarded as a clinician and teacher,
and he is a truly extraordinary role model for physician-scientists,"
The MSTP trains physician-scientists who can use their
knowledge of medicine, as well as their research talents, to make major contributions
to biomedical science and health care. The MSTP weaves clinical medicine and
basic science research together throughout the seven- to eight-year training
period. At the end, students graduate with doctoral and medical degrees.