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Release: Dec. 3, 2002
UI surgeon named Bonfiglio Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
The late Michael Bonfiglio, M.D., professor of orthopaedic surgery at the
University of Iowa, was known as a dedicated physician, a meticulous researcher
and an inspiring teacher. Bonfiglio's commitment to education in orthopaedics
has been memorialized through several endowments in his name established with
gifts made through the UI Foundation including a medical student research
award, a medical student teaching center and a lectureship.
Charles R. Clark, M.D., University of Iowa professor of orthopaedic surgery
and biomedical engineering, has been named the Dr. Michael Bonfiglio Professor
of Orthopaedic Surgery. This professorship, which honors Bonfiglio's career
in teaching, research, and patient care, was initiated by Bonfiglio's former
students and colleagues. His widow, Mrs. Ruth Bonfiglio, provided major funding
for this endeavor.
"This is a tremendous honor for me," Clark said. "Dr. Bonfiglio
was internationally respected for his care of patients, his emphasis on teaching
and his careful attention to the basics that he believed underpinned excellent
medicine. He was the master at intermingling research, patient care and teaching;
I learned a great deal from him."
Clark earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame and
his medical degree from the University of Michigan. After he completed a residency
in orthopaedic surgery at Yale University, Clark joined the UI Department
of Orthopaedic Surgery in 1980 and was promoted to full professor in 1988.
Clark also became a member of the biomedical engineering faculty in 1984.
Clark is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a fellow
of the American College of Surgeons.
Clark's clinical and research work focuses on hip and knee replacements
and cervical spine function. Clark also is director of medical student teaching
in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, a position he has held since 1981
and which was previously held by Bonfiglio. This position is an integral part
of the Dr. Michael Bonfiglio Professorship reflecting Bonfiglio's commitment
to medical student education.
"Dr. Clark is an exceptional teacher and physician, and therefore it
is very fitting that he has been named to the Dr. Michael Bonfiglio professorship,"
said Joseph A. Buckwalter, M.D., UI professor and head of orthopaedic surgery.
"This professorship will support medical student education and scholarship
in orthopaedics and will allow us to advance Dr. Bonfiglio's legacy at the
UI. We deeply appreciate Ruth Bonfiglio's generosity, which allowed us to
create this professorship."
A named professorship recognizes distinguished faculty and provides funding
in partial support of salary or teaching, research or scholarship expenses.
In addition to the named professorship to be held by Clark, the Department
of Orthopaedics has in place three other endowments and projects memorializing
The Bonfiglio Orthopaedic Education Center, which is located in the Department
of Orthopaedic Surgery, provides resources to facilitate individualized and
small-group student and resident educational programs.
The Michael Bonfiglio Award for Student Research is given annually to medical
students who, in the course of their medical training, undertake excellent
research projects focused on orthopaedic issues. This year, Kerri Ann Maiers
Yelden, M.D., a surgical resident, and Thomas Ward Throckmorton, M.D., a resident
in orthopaedic surgery, received the award.
Mrs. Ruth Bonfiglio also recently created an endowment that will fund the
Dr. Michael Bonfiglio Resident Research Fund, which will support residents
in orthopaedic surgery. This funding will help residents create and carry
out research projects and provide funds for residents to present their findings
at national conferences.
Bonfiglio was a professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Iowa
from 1950 until he retired in 1987. During the course of his extensive studies
on bone pathologies, Bonfiglio catalogued and collected thousands of slides
and tissue samples, which formed the basis of a premier learning and research
center at the UI. Over the years, much of the material used in the American
Board of Orthopaedic Surgery's oral examinations has been derived from Bonfiglio's
collection. Bonfiglio was known for his commitment to resident education and
served as an examiner for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery from 1955
to 1987. He died in 1995.
"Dr. Bonfiglio never missed an opportunity to learn something new and
to pass that knowledge on to others," Clark said. "These awards
are his legacy and it is fitting that they support teaching and learning,
which were so important to him."
The UI Foundation is acknowledged by the UI as a preferred channel for private
contributions that benefit all areas of the university. UI Foundation staff
work with alumni and friends to generate funds for scholarships, professorships,
facilities improvements, equipment purchases, research and other UI initiatives.
For more information about the UI Foundation, visit its web site at www.uiowafoundation.org.
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