WRITER: LENA BAKER
CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: June 27, 2002
Sakornbut named new executive director of medical education foundation
Ellen Sakornbut, M.D., has been selected as the new executive director of
the Northeast Iowa Medical Education Foundation in Waterloo. She will begin
this position Sept. 1.
Sakornbut will succeed John Sutherland, M.D., who has led the foundation
for the past 10 years. He will continue as a full-time faculty member at the
The Northeast Iowa Medical Education Foundation is an affiliate of the University
of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. Established 26 years
ago, the foundation's purpose is to coordinate undergraduate, graduate and
continuing medical education programs for the Waterloo hospitals and the physician
community of northeast Iowa. The foundation also serves as the UI's Regional
Medical Education Center for that region.
As executive director, Sakornbut will provide leadership for the foundation
and serve as a liaison with the UI. She will develop and mentor her full-time
faculty members as well as teach resident physicians and UI medical students.
She will also participate in research activities and direct the foundation's
family practice residency program. She was selected as one of three finalists
for the position after a national search.
Sakornbut is a graduate of Wright State University Medical School. She did
her family practice residency at the University of South Alabama. She has
had teaching and administrative positions at three major academic health centers
in Alabama, Texas and Tennessee. Sakornbut is currently a professor at the
University of Tennessee-Memphis, where she directs the UT-Baptist Family Practice
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the
UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics
and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services