CONTACT: STEVE MARAVETZ
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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: May 25, 2000
Nelson named UI College of Medicine executive dean
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Richard P. Nelson, M.D., has been promoted to the position
of executive dean of the University of Iowa College of Medicine. The announcement
was made by Robert P. Kelch, M.D., dean of the college. Nelson had served
previously as executive associate dean of the college.
"As a result of the evolving health care environment, University of
Iowa Health Care faces some extraordinarily complex challenges in the immediate
future," Kelch said. "To address these challenges, I anticipate
spending a greater proportion of my time in strategic efforts on behalf of
University of Iowa Health Care. In order to ensure that the college has effective
functional management, I have asked Dick Nelson to accept the position of
In his new role, Nelson will assume leadership of the college's day-to-day
administration. He will also play a lead role in planning for the college,
which has several major capital projects underway, including the construction
of the new 214,000-square-foot Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility.
That building is scheduled to open in late 2001. In addition, the Board of
Regents, State of Iowa recently gave the College of Medicine approval to proceed
with planning of another major research building.
Nelson came to the UI College of Medicine as associate professor of pediatrics
in 1987. He has served as executive associate dean and professor of pediatrics
since 1994. He also has served as associate dean for continuing medical education
and as associate dean in the college.
Nelson earned his undergraduate and medical degrees at Northwestern University.
He has held academic and clinical appointments at Northwestern, Harvard University
and the University of Minnesota, in addition to his positions at the UI.
The University of Iowa College of Medicine has 714 full-time faculty members
who generated $167.5 million in research funding in Fiscal Year 1999, about
two-thirds of the total research support received by the UI. It ranks in the
Top 10 nationally among public medical schools in terms of National Institutes
of Health research funding.
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.