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Release: Aug. 13, 2001
Callaghan named to Endowed Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery Department
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- John J. Callaghan, M.D., UI professor of orthopaedic surgery,
has been appointed the Dr. Lawrence and Marilyn Dorr Endowed Chair for Hip
Reconstruction and Research. This endowed chair was established with a gift
made through the UI Foundation by Dr. Lawrence Dorr and Marilyn Dorr of La
Canada Flintridge, Calif.
An endowed chair is the highest honor that the university bestows on an outstanding
faculty member. Endowment income is used as deemed appropriate by the dean
of the college and the provost to supplement the salary of the faculty member
and/or to support the academic pursuits and endeavors of the chair holder.
"We are very pleased that Dr. John Callaghan will be the first Lawrence
and Marilyn Dorr Chair of Hip Reconstruction and Research," said Joseph
A. Buckwalter, M.D., UI professor and head of orthopaedic surgery. "Dr.
Callaghan has earned an enviable international reputation for his landmark
investigations into the long-term function of total hip replacements and his
innovative improvements in hip replacement surgery. He is one of the worlds
best-recognized hip surgeons and investigators. The support from the Lawrence
Dorr Chair will ensure that Dr. Callaghans outstanding research program
will become even stronger."
Callaghan earned his medical degree from Loyola Medical School and received
his bachelor's degree from Notre Dame University, majoring in science and
engineering. After completing his residency in orthopaedics at the UI, Callaghan
moved to New York for a year to undertake two fellowships, one in orthopaedic
surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and one in hip surgery at
the Hospital for Special Surgery. Callaghan has served in the Uniformed Services
University of the Health Sciences since 1984 and also was a faculty member
at Duke University before returning to the UI as an associate professor of
orthopaedic surgery in 1990. He was promoted to professor in 1993.
Lawrence Dorr, a native Iowan, received his medical degree from the UI in
1967. He is now senior surgeon at the Bone and Joint Institute in Los Angeles.
Marilyn Dorr, who is a successful businesswoman in Pasadena, also attended
"The University of Iowa Department of Orthopaedic Surgery has a long
tradition of major contributions to the treatment of patients with crippling
diseases of the hip," Buckwalter said. "The faculty members of the
department have not only developed innovative surgical approaches to the treatment
of hip disease, the Orthopaedics Biomechanics Laboratory also has made major
contributions to the understanding of the function of the hip and ways of
improving hip function for people with disabling hip arthritis."
With Callaghan's appointment, the UI Department of Orthopaedic Surgery now
has four faculty members named to endowed chairs. Thomas Brown, Ph.D., is
the Johnston Chair in Orthopaedic Biomechanics; Reginald Cooper, M.D., is
the Carroll B. Larson Chair in Orthopaedics; and Stuart Weinstein, M.D., is
the Ignacio V. Ponseti Chair in Orthopaedics.
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