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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 24, 2004

Artman To Lead UI Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Of Iowa

Michael Artman, M.D., has been named the new head of the Department of Pediatrics in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and physician-in-chief of Children's Hospital of Iowa at UI Hospitals and Clinics. The appointment will be effective Jan. 1, 2005.

Artman will join the UI faculty from New York University School of Medicine and NYU Medical Center, where he is professor and acting chairman of pediatrics, professor of physiology and neuroscience, professor of pharmacology and the Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor of Pediatric Surgery.

"We are delighted that Dr. Artman will bring his expertise and talent to the UI Department of Pediatrics," said Jean E. Robillard, M.D., dean of the UI Carver College of Medicine. "Donna Katen-Bahensky and I are looking forward to working with him on new initiatives."

"Dr. Artman's leadership background is an excellent fit for UI Hospitals and Clinics. We are confident in his exciting vision for pediatric services and the Children's Hospital of Iowa," said Donna Katen-Bahensky, director and CEO of UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Both Robillard and Katen-Bahensky expressed appreciation for the commitment of Eva Tsalikian, M.D., UI professor of pediatrics, who is serving as interim department head and interim medical director of Children's Hospital of Iowa.

Tsalikian has served in the leadership roles since June 25, when the previous head, Frank Morriss, M.D., stepped down to return to full-time teaching, research and clinical duties. Morriss had been head of the department since 1987.

Artman earned his medical degree from Tulane University in 1978. Between 1978 and 1984 he completed a residency in pediatrics and a clinical fellowship in pediatric cardiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Artman specializes in pediatric cardiology, and his research interests include congenital heart disease, heart failure and the regulation of contractile function.

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.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 5224-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: Becky Soglin, 319 335-6660 becky-soglin@uiowa.edu

PHOTO: Image of Dr. Artman available at http://www.med.nyu.edu/people/M.Artman.html (please credit NYU) or contact becky-soglin@uiowa.edu for a higher resolution photo.

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.