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Release: April 27, 2000

Three UI orthopaedic surgery professors named to endowed chairs

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Three endowed professors in the University of Iowa Department of Orthopaedic Surgery have had their positions promoted to endowed chairs.

Thomas Brown, Ph.D., has received the Johnston Chair in Orthopaedic Biomechanics; Reginald Cooper, M.D., the Carroll B. Larson Chair in Orthopaedics; and Stuart Weinstein, M.D., the Ignacio V. Ponseti Chair in Orthopaedics.

The endowed chairs had previously been endowed professorships. An endowed professorship recognizes distinguished faculty and provides an annual amount in partial support of salary or teaching, research or scholarship expenses. An endowed chair is the highest honor that the university bestows on an outstanding faculty member. Endowment income is used as deemed appropriate by the dean of the college and the provost to supplement the salary of the faculty member and/or to support the academic pursuits and endeavors of the chair holder.

Brown, Cooper and Weinstein were selected for the endowed professorships and now endowed chair positions because of the important contributions the three have made to the department, said Joseph Buckwalter, M.D., UI professor and head of orthopaedic surgery.

"Drs. Brown, Cooper and Weinstein are internationally recognized leaders in orthopaedics," Buckwalter said.

Brown, Cooper and Weinstein are the first three professors in the department to hold endowed chair positions. Another one currently is being considered.

"Having endowed chairs is essential to advance the academic mission of the department," Buckwalter said. "With these three chairs and additional chairs, we will be able to further improve our research, teaching and patient care. And through our teaching and research programs, we will be able to improve the care of all patients with musculoskeletal diseases and injuries including arthritis, fractures, scoliosis and club foot deformities."

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