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University of Iowa News Release

May 11, 2004

UI College Of Public Health Honors Six Outstanding Alumni

The University of Iowa College of Public Health has chosen six alumni to receive Outstanding Alumni Awards. The award recognizes alumni for outstanding past accomplishments, promise for future success and commitment to the college's mission, vision and goals.

The awards honor "up-and-coming" graduates as well as prominent alumni who have been in their field of practice for more than 10 years. The second annual Outstanding Alumni Awards will be presented at the College of Public Health's annual honors dinner on May 14.

"We are delighted to honor these six individuals for their contributions both within academia and in practice settings," said Lawrence Prybil, Ph.D., associate dean for external relations. "Their accomplishments truly reflect the mission, vision, and values of the College."

The winners of the 2004 College of Public Health Outstanding Alumni Awards are:

-- Gregory L. Burke, professor and chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences at Wake Forest University Health Sciences. Burke earned an M.D. degree in 1981 from the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and an M.S. degree in Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology in 1983. A widely recognized leader in the study of cardiovascular disease, Burke has participated in many of the largest national multi-center epidemiologic studies and clinical trials. Currently, he is the national chair of the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention, a member of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute Board of Extramural Advisors, and chair of many national NIH committees.

-- George B. Caldwell of Lake Forest, Ill., chairman of the Collier Company; president emeritus of Lutheran General HealthSystem. Caldwell earned an M.A. degree in Hospital Administration in 1955. An innovative leader in the health care industry, Caldwell is best known for his pioneering work in the corporate restructuring of hospital organizations. He was one of the first chief executive officers to use the "human ecology" framework in health care, an approach that laid the groundwork for today's "patient centered care." He has served as either president or chief executive officer of several health care organizations in addition to holding adjunct and visiting faculty positions at several universities.

-- Allen M. Hicks of Irving, Texas, co-founder of Voluntary Hospitals of America (VHA); former president and chief executive officer of Community Hospitals of Indianapolis; and former chief executive officer of numerous other health care organizations. Hicks earned an M.A. degree in Hospital Administration in 1955. He is widely known for his support in educating and mentoring future health care executives. He has received numerous awards for his work, including induction into the Modern Healthcare Hall of Fame in 2001.

-- Todd C. Linden, president and chief executive officer of Grinnell Regional Medical Center in Grinnell. Linden earned an M.A. degree in Hospital and Health Administration in 1987 and has established a reputation as a leading health care administrator throughout the state. He has been honored with many awards as a health care executive, including the Iowa Hospital Association's Excellence in Leadership Award (2001). He is a member of the American Hospital Association's board of trustees and is affiliated with many other local, state and national organizations.

-- Charles F. Lynch, professor in the Department of Epidemiology in the UI College of Public Health. Lynch earned an M.D. degree from the Carver College of Medicine and an M.S. degree from the Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health in 1979. He also earned a Ph.D. in Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health in 1984. He completed his residency in pathology in 1986 and was appointed assistant professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine in 1988. Since 1990, Lynch has been the principal investigator of the National Cancer Institute's prestigious Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) program in Iowa. He has received numerous awards for teaching and research.

-- Ronald Keith Ross, professor and chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine and USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Ross received an M.D. degree from the Carver College of Medicine and an M.S. degree from the Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health in 1975. During his tenure at the University of Southern California, he has established a reputation as an internationally recognized cancer epidemiologist. His research on the development of prostate cancer has led to intervention strategies for prevention and has helped distinguish the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center as a premier cancer center in the United States. He maintains ties to the UI as a member of the College of Public Health external advisory committee and as a member of the external advisory committee to the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI.

Nominations for the 2005 Outstanding Alumni Awards are currently being accepted from all faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the College of Public Health. Nomination materials are available online at www.public-health.uiowa.edu/alumni/award.html. Forms must be postmarked no later than Friday, October 15, 2004.

STORY SOURCE: The University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

MEDIA CONTACT: Kate Gleeson, 319-384-4277, kate-gleeson@uiowa.edu

PHOTOS: Portraits of the Outstanding Alumni Award winners are available by contacting Kate Gleeson at 319-384-4277 or kate-gleeson@uiowa.edu.