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Release: April 26, 2002

Howe named section leader in surgical oncology at UI

James R. Howe V, M.D., recently accepted an appointment as section leader in surgical oncology at the University of Iowa.

Howe, an associate professor of surgery in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, succeeds Peter R. Jochimsen, M.D., who is retiring from the UI. The section leader in surgical oncology is a joint appointment in the UI department of surgery and Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI.

"All of us are delighted that Dr. Howe agreed to accept this important position," said Carol Scott-Conner, M.D., Ph.D., head of the UI department of surgery. "His skill and compassion make him ideally suited to lead this outstanding group of health care professionals."

Specialists in surgical oncology form a multidisciplinary team that plays an integral role in the treatment of patients diagnosed with malignancies such as solid tumors.

"I was attracted to this opportunity in part because of the expertise and dedication of the physicians and staff members who work in surgical oncology," Howe said. "I look forward to helping them provide the best care possible to our patients."

Howe attended medical school at the University of Vermont and served a residency in surgery at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, followed by a fellowship in surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He is board certified in surgery, with clinical expertise in surgical oncology, endocrine surgery, gastric surgery and colorectal surgery.

"Dr. Howe already has an outstanding reputation as a physician and researcher," said George Weiner, M.D., director of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. "We are fortunate that he has accepted these additional responsibilities."

The Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is Iowa's only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center. NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers are recognized as the leaders in developing new approaches to cancer prevention and cancer care, conducting leading edge research and educating the public about cancer.

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