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Release: Jan. 31, 2002

Photo: David H. Nielsen, Ph.D., professor and director of the University of Iowa College of Medicine Graduate Program in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science and recently appointed head of the college's Division of Associated Medical Sciences

Nielsen Heads UI College Of Medicine's Associated Medical Sciences

David H. Nielsen, Ph.D., professor and director of the University of Iowa College of Medicine Graduate Program in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, has been named head of the college's Division of Associated Medical Sciences. The appointment was effective Jan. 1.

Nielsen replaces Marian Schwabbauer, Ph.D., who became the College of Medicine's interim associate dean for student affairs and curriculum.

"Dr. Nielsen has shown outstanding leadership as director of the physical therapy program, which today is regarded as one of the top programs in the nation," said UI College of Medicine Dean Robert P. Kelch, M.D. "I am confident that he will bring the same high level of administrative experience and judgment to his role as head of the associated medical sciences division."

Nielsen will continue to serve as director of the physical therapy program in addition to his new responsibilities.

The Division of Associated Medical Sciences is comprised of five academic units: the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program, the Graduate Program in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program, the Physician Assistant Program, and the Radiation Science Program.

A UI faculty member since 1975, Nielsen has served as director of the physical therapy program since 1992. In addition to his administrative duties, he teaches program courses on cardiopulmonary therapeutics and biomedical instrumentation. Nielsen's research interests include cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, cardiovascular responses to therapeutic exercise, efficacy studies of lower extremity prostheses and body composition analysis.

The UI Graduate Program in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science is ranked third in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Reports rankings of America's best graduate schools.

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