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Release: May 17, 2002
UI Health Care physicians elected to Iowa Medical Society posts
University of Iowa Health Care physicians will serve in leadership positions
in the Iowa Medical Society (IMS).
IMS members recently re-elected Charles Helms, M.D., Ph.D., to their board
of directors and subsequently the board named him to its chairmanship position.
As chair of the board, Helms will help set IMS policy on key health care issues
affecting Iowa patients and physicians.
Helms is currently professor of internal medicine in the UI Roy J. and Lucille
A. Carver College of Medicine and chief of staff and medical director, Office
of Clinical Outcomes and Resource Management, at UI Hospitals and Clinics.
Helms has practiced medicine as an internist and infectious disease specialist
for 31 years.
IMS members also elected Siroos Shirazi, M.D., to a one-year term as an
alternate delegate from the Iowa Medical Society to the American Medical Association
(AMA) House of Delegates. Shirazi is a professor of surgery in the UI Carver
College of Medicine and a surgeon at UI Hospitals and Clinics, with clinical
expertise in surgery, esophagitis, gastrointestinal cancer and gastrointestinal
As a delegate from the IMS, Shirazi will attend meetings of the AMA governing
body and participate in policymaking on key national health care issues. Shirazi
is a past IMS president.
The Iowa Medical Society is the professional association representing Iowa
physicians and doctors of osteopathy. The core purpose of the IMS is to assure
the highest quality of health care in Iowa through members' roles as physicians
and patient advocates.
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the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and University of
Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research
programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.