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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.

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