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Release: May 17, 2000

UI's Peterson receives endowed professorship

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Michael W. Peterson, M.D., University of Iowa associate professor of internal medicine, has been appointed to the Dr. William and Sondra Myers Family Professorship.

Peterson becomes the second faculty member in the Department of Internal Medicine to be named to an endowed professorship. An endowed professorship recognizes distinguished faculty and provides an annual amount of money to partially support the faculty member's salary or teaching, research or scholarship expenses.

Peterson has been at the UI since 1986. He received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota. He completed a medical residency at the University of Wisconsin, where he served as chief resident.

Peterson's clinical interests include critical care, ventilator management and acute lung injury. His research interests focus on applying computer technology to medical education and clinical decision support.

"This endowed professorship provides me the opportunity to expand and test medical educational applications of the new and exciting computer-based technology for both students and practicing physicians," Peterson said.

In addition to the two endowed professorships, five faculty members in the Department of Internal Medicine hold endowed chair positions. A faculty chair is the highest honor the UI bestows on a faculty member. Endowment income is used as deemed appropriate by the dean and the provost to supplement the faculty member's salary and/or to support the academic pursuits and endeavors of the chair holder.

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