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Release: Dec. 8, 2000

UI surgeon named to two new leadership roles in national organizations

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Kimberly Ephgrave, M.D., UI professor of surgery and chief of surgical service at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Iowa City, was appointed in October to two leadership positions in national organizations within her field. Ephgrave was named president of the Association of Women Surgeons and elected to a three-year term as secretary of the Association of VA Surgeons.

The Association of Women's Surgeons, founded in 1981, has a membership of about 1,300. The mission of the organization is "to inspire, encourage and enable women surgeons to realize their personal and professional goals."

The Association of VA Surgeons was founded in 1967 to advance surgical education and research among VA surgeons. The association currently has more than 500 active members.

Ephgrave, who holds the Robert and Hélène Soper Endowed Chair in General Surgery at the UI, received her medical degree from Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine in 1980. She is a member of several medical societies and organizations and has co-authored numerous research articles. Her research interests include surgical education, gastric mucous membrane protection, pancreatic pseudocysts and gastric motility.

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