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Release: Dec. 4, 2002
UI Health Care neurosurgeon honored
Ryken, M.D., University of Iowa associate professor of neurosurgery, was recently
named a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons during convocation ceremonies
at the college's 88th annual Clinical Congress in San Francisco, Calif.
Ryken received his medical degree in 1988 from the UI and is currently practicing
at UI Hospitals and Clinics. In 1998, Ryken attained board certification from
the American Board of Neurological Surgeons. Ryken has a strong professional
interest in surgical management of brain tumors and spinal disorders, and
he holds membership in other professional societies, including the American
Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons,
the Society for NeuroOncology and the American Association of Cancer Research.
The American College of Surgeons is the largest organization of surgeons
in the world. By meeting the college's stringent membership requirements,
Fellows of the college have earned the distinguished right to use the designation
of "F.A.C.S." (Fellow, American College of Surgeons) following their
names. An applicant for fellowship must be a graduate of an approved medical
school; must have completed advanced training in one of the 14 surgical specialties
recognized by the college; and must have been in practice in the same geographic
location for at least one year at the time of his or her application. Before
admission into fellowship, the surgeon must further demonstrate ethical fitness
and professional proficiency, and acceptance of a Fellow of the college must
be approved by three-fourths of its Board of Regents.
The convocation ceremony was the highlight of the five-day Congress. The
Congress also featured reports on research in progress, postgraduate courses,
panel discussions, symposia, and scientific and industrial exhibits. Total
estimated attendance at the Congress was more than 15,400, including more
than 8,700 physicians. Allied health professionals and members of the scientific
and consumer media also attended the meeting.
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization
of surgeons founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and
improve the care of the surgical patient. The college is dedicated to the
ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have established
it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The college has more
than 64,500 members.
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