WRITER: AMY LILLARD
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Release: April 25, 2000
Iowa Medical Society awards UI College of Medicine's Kelch, Crist
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Iowa Medical Society (IMS) honored two University
of Iowa College of Medicine faculty and staff members with awards at the IMS
annual banquet and sesquicentennial celebration April 14 in Des Moines.
Robert P. Kelch, M.D., dean of the College of Medicine, and Louis Crist,
director of the college's Office of Continuing Medical Education (CME) Division,
received the awards for outstanding contributions to the field of medicine.
Kelch received the Merit Award, which goes to a physician who has made outstanding
contributions to the profession and to the IMS, said Siroos Shirazi, M.D.,
president of the IMS and a UI professor of surgery. The award honored and
recognized Kelch's achievements in academic medicine and his efforts to strengthen
the role of organized medicine with academic physicians.
"I am greatly honored to have been chosen," Kelch said. "It
has been a great pleasure for me to work with Siroos Shirazi and fellow members
of the IMS. I have been especially pleased with the new directions the IMS
has taken over the last several years, and I believe that together we can
affect significant positive change in the health care of all Iowans."
In addition to holding the title of dean, Kelch is also professor of pediatrics
in the UI College of Medicine. He recently led the successful $30 million
fundraising campaign to provide new facilities and endowments for the college.
Kelch received his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical
School and served as a resident and fellow, educator and administrator there
before joining the UI in 1994. He serves in many professional organizations,
including membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy
of Sciences and the advisory board of the council of deans of the Association
of American Medical Colleges.
Crist received the John F. Sanford Award, which is given annually to IMS
nonmembers in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the public
health of Iowans and the medical profession. Crist was specifically recognized
for outstanding work in the area of continuing medical education for Iowa
physicians. Past recipients have included former Iowa Gov. Robert Ray, John
Colloton, vice-president of UI Statewide Health Services, and Elaine Szymoniak,
state senator from Des Moines.
"This is not only a great honor, but it is somewhat humbling as well,
considering the list of distinguished people who have been past recipients,"
Crist said. "I especially appreciate the kindness of Richard Nelson for
nominating me and the number of Iowa physicians who followed up with letters
Crist joined the UI College of Medicine in 1972 as part of the Iowa Regional
Medical Program before joining the college's CME division in 1976. He became
director of the division in 1996. The CME division provides services to faculty
and staff, as well as individuals outside of the college who seek College
of Medicine sponsorship of their continuing medical education activities.
The Iowa Medical Society seeks to advance medical science and promote fair
medical laws and regulations in Iowa. The membership is made up of more than
4,000 physicians in Iowa.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the
UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care,
medical education and research programs and services they provide.