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University of Iowa News Release

July 12, 2004

Kealey Named Interim Head of Surgery; Scott-Conner Steps Down

G. Patrick Kealey, M.D., professor and vice chair of the Department of Surgery in the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, will serve as interim head of the UI Department of Surgery in the Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics. The appointment will be effective Sept. 1.

Kealey, who also is medical director of Trauma, Burns and Critical Care Services and medical director of the Burn Treatment Center at UI Hospitals and Clinics, will lead the department while a nationwide search is conducted to replace Carol Scott-Conner, M.D., Ph.D., who is stepping down from the position, which she has held for nine years. Scott-Conner will remain a full professor of surgery and will resume full-time teaching, writing, research and clinical duties.

Scott-Conner's tenure as head of surgery was praised by both Donna Katen-Bahensky, director and CEO of UI Hospitals and Clinics and Jean Robillard, M.D., dean of the UI Carver College of Medicine.

"We truly appreciate Dr. Scott-Conner's dedicated leadership that has made surgery at the UI the robust and renowned enterprise it is today, providing Iowans with first-class, state-of the art, surgical care and expertise," Katen-Bahensky said. "I am also extremely confident that the department will continue to flourish and evolve under the able leadership of Dr. Kealey, who will take up the position as interim head of the department while a search is conducted for a permanent head."

Jean Robillard, M.D., dean of the UI Carver College of Medicine, also expressed his appreciation for Scott-Conner's leadership, adding that her national reputation as a leader in surgical education and research policy issues had greatly benefited the department's teaching and research missions.

"The fact that Dr. Scott-Conner remains on our faculty devoting her considerable energy and expertise to teaching, research and patient care at the UI is a huge benefit to her colleagues, students and patients," Robillard said. "I would also like to thank Dr. Kealey for agreeing to serve as interim head of the department. Strong leadership is essential during periods of transition, and Dr. Kealey is an excellent choice to provide that strength."

Kealey's areas of clinical and research expertise include surgical critical care, trauma, burns, skin graft technology and deep sedation. He earned his medical degree from the UI in 1969 and also completed his residency in general surgery at UI Hospitals and Clinics. Kealey was an assistant professor of surgery at the UI for two years following his residency and then left for private practice in Muscatine, Iowa. He rejoined the UI faculty in 1985 and was promoted to full professor in 1993. In 1997, Kealey and Scott-Conner were instrumental in the creation of the UI's Level I Trauma Center. Kealey is director of the Trauma Center. He also is a staff physician at the Veterans Affairs Iowa City Health Care System.

Prior to joining the UI faculty in 1995 as head of surgery, Scott-Conner was professor of surgery in the College of Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Chief of Staff at the University Hospital, Jackson, Miss. She earned her medical degree in 1976 from New York University and also completed a general surgery residency at New York University Medical Center. She received her doctoral degree in anatomy and cell biology from the University of Kentucky and also holds an MBA from Else School of Management, Millsaps College.

Scott-Conner's clinical interests include the development of new minimally invasive, laparoscopic, surgical techniques for gastrointestinal disorders, surgery for breast disease, including cancer, and trauma surgery. During her nine years at the UI, Scott-Conner published five textbooks on surgical technique. These books are currently being translated into several languages, and she is at work on two more texts.

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: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5141 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACT: Jennifer Brown, (319) 335-9917 jennifer-l-brown@uiowa.edu

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 www.uihealthcare.com.