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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 3, 2004

New UI Heart Care Medical Director Named

University of Iowa Health Care leaders jointly announced today that Neal Weintraub, M.D., has accepted the post of medical director of UI Heart Care.

Weintraub, 45, has served as interim director of the division of cardiovascular diseases in the UI Department of Internal Medicine since July 2003. He will continue to serve in that capacity. 

"We are committed to treating and preventing heart disease. It is still America's No. 1 killer and causes 42 percent of all deaths in Iowa," Weintraub said. "I look forward to working with my fellow cardiovascular specialists in order to help reduce the incidence and consequences of heart disease."

An associate professor of internal medicine, Weintraub joined the UI faculty in 1995. He graduated from medical school at Tulane University in New Orleans, La. Weintraub served residencies at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Ga., and University of Illinois Affiliated Hospitals in Champaign-Urbana, Ill. He completed a fellowship at St. Louis University Hospitals in St. Louis, Mo. He is certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease.

"Dr. Weintraub's experience and his devotion to his patients make him an excellent choice to lead UI Heart Care," said Donna Katen-Bahensky, director and CEO of UI Hospitals and Clinics. "His commitment to providing outreach services to Iowa's communities is particularly strong."

"Dr. Weintraub is an outstanding health care researcher and educator. We are delighted that he has agreed to accept this position that is so important to the people of Iowa," added Jean Robillard, M.D., dean of the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

UI Heart Care specialists offer a comprehensive continuum of services, from strategies to lower a person's risk for cardiovascular disorders to the most advanced therapies available anywhere.

UI Hospitals and Clinics is the state's only academic medical center. 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 they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at http://www.uihealthcare.com.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, thomas-moore@uiowa.edu.