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Release: Oct. 19, 2000
Gantz elected to prestigious Institute of Medicine
IOWA CITY, Iowa Bruce J. Gantz, M.D., professor
and head of the University of Iowa department of otolaryngology head
and neck surgery, has been elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine
(IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences.
Some 60 new members were named to the IOM, raising its
total active membership to 613. Current active members elect new members from
among candidates chosen for their major contributions to health and medicine,
or to related fields such as social and behavioral sciences, law, administration
and economics. IOM members serve without compensation and devote time as volunteers
on committees engaged in a broad range of studies on health policy issues.
Gantz, the Brian F. McCabe Distinguished Chair and department
head of otolaryngology head and neck surgery, is internationally recognized
for his work on the use of cochlear implants to restore hearing to profoundly
deaf children and adults. He is principal investigator of the Iowa Cochlear
Implant Clinical Research Center Project III. His other current research
projects include studies on the immunobiology of cholesteatoma, facial nerve
testing, Bell's palsy and electrical stimulation of the auditory system.
Gantz is only the fourth otolaryngologist ever to be elected
to the IOM.
"We are delighted about Dr. Gantz's election to the Institute
of Medicine. It is truly a great honor," said Robert Kelch, M.D., dean of
the College of Medicine. "Dr. Gantz has long been known as an exceptional
researcher and physician, and his work to help restore hearing to deaf children
and adults is recognized around the world. We are extremely proud and grateful
to have him as a member of our faculty."
Gantz received his bachelor's degree in 1968 and his medical
degree in 1974, both at the UI. He completed a surgical internship at the
University of Utah. He completed his residency in otolaryngology at the UI
Hospitals and Clinics in 1980 and neurotology clinical fellowship at the University
of Zurich in Switzerland in 1982. He joined the UI faculty in 1980 and was
named head of the otolaryngology department in 1995.
The UI department of otolaryngology head and neck
surgery is consistently ranked as the one of the nation's top two clinical
specialties in otolaryngology.
Gantz joins the following UI faculty and administrators
who are members of the IOM: Francois Abboud, M.D., Edith King Pearson Professor
and Head of Internal Medicine, and professor of physiology and biophysics;
Myrtle Adelyotte, Ph.D., professor emeritus and former dean of the College
of Nursing; Nancy Andreasen. M.D., Ph.D., Andrew H. Woods Chair and Professor
of Psychiatry; Kathleen Buckwalter, Ph.D., associate provost for health sciences,
director of the UI Center on Aging, professor of nursing, and professor of
psychiatry and internal medicine; Kevin Campbell, Ph.D., Howard Hughes Medical
Institute Investigator and UI Distinguished Professor and Roy J. Carver Chair
of Physiology and Biophysics, and professor of neurology; James Clifton, M.D.,
Roy J. Carver Professor Emeritus of Internal Medicine; Mary Sue Coleman, Ph.D.
UI president, professor of biological sciences and biochemistry; John Colloton,
UI vice president for statewide health services; Antonio Damasio, M.D., Maurice
Van Allen Professor and Head of Neurology; John Eckstein, M.D., professor
emeritus of internal medicine and dean emeritus of the College of Medicine;
Robert Kelch, M.D., dean of the College of Medicine, professor of pediatrics
and professor of health management and policy in the College of Public Health;
James Merchant, M.D., Dr.P.H., dean of the College of Public Health; professor
of nursing and professor of internal medicine; Jennifer Niebyl, M.D., professor
and head of obstetrics and gynecology; and Michael Welsh, M.D., Roy J. Carver
Chair of Internal Medicine and Physiology and Biophysics.
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.