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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 19, 2003

Skorton Announces More Administrative Changes

The position of vice president for health affairs at The University of Iowa will not be filled "for the foreseeable future," UI President David Skorton announced today. The position was vacated when Vice President for Health Affairs Robert Kelch left the UI for a similar position at the University of Michigan.

Following Kelch's June 6 announcement that he would be leaving the UI, Skorton consulted widely about the office of the vice president for health affairs. As a result of those discussions, the UI president today announced the following administrative changes involving faculty and staff who previously reported to Kelch:

* Donna Katen-Bahensky, director and chief executive officer of UI Hospitals and Clinics, will report directly to the president.

* Jean Robillard, dean of the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, will report directly to the president on clinical matters, but will continue to report to the provost on academic issues, including research, faculty hiring, evaluation, tenure and promotion.

* Francois Abboud, Edith King Pearson Professor of Cardiovascular Research, will become associate vice president for research, reporting to Interim Vice President for Research Bill Decker. In this role, Abboud will be responsible for planning and oversight of a variety of university-wide research initiatives, particularly those in the life sciences and in translational research. He will also continue his responsibilities in the UI Carver College of Medicine as a professor of internal medicine and professor of physiology and biophysics, director of the Cardiovascular Research Center and as principal investigator on his program project grant.

* Stacey Cyphert will be special advisor to the president for health science government relations. He will continue his primary duties as senior assistant director of UIHC and will serve as special advisor to the dean of the UI Carver College of Medicine for government relations.

* Dennis Domsic will continue as associate vice president but will now report to Vice President for Finance and Operations Douglas True. In this role, he will utilize his knowledge and background in the health sciences to assist the university administration in those areas as well as with related aspects of other university-wide operations. Domsic will serve several months in transition for Dean Robillard in the UI Carver College of Medicine.

* Mary Gilchrist, director of the University Hygienic Laboratory, will return to a direct reporting relationship with the vice president for research.

* Ann Rhodes will continue her duties as HIPAA privacy officer. HIPAA is the acronym for the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. In April of 2003, HIPAA required the university and UIHC to implement new federal privacy regulations designed to protect the privacy of patients' personal health information. Rhodes will report to Associate Provost for Health Sciences Kathleen Buckwalter.

* Steve Maravetz will continue as director of Health Science Relations, but he has also been named associate dean in the UI Carver College of Medicine and will report directly to Robillard.

* Dawn Pressler, who served as Kelch's administrative assistant, has been reassigned to the President's Office, where among other responsibilities, she will assist Skorton in scheduling and arranging his travel.

* Sonya Housholder, secretary III, and Jan Rogers, secretary IV, have been reassigned to duties in the UI Carver College of Medicine.

STORY SOURCE: University Relations, 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Parrott, Writer, 319-335-0552, steven-parrott@uiowa.edu