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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 25, 2006

Luxon Appointed To Clifton Chair In Gastroenterology

Bruce Luxon, M.D., Ph.D., (photo, left) professor of internal medicine in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, has been named to the James A. Clifton Chair in Gastroenterology.

The chair is supported by an endowment established with gifts made through the UI Foundation by family, colleagues and friends of James Clifton, M.D., (photo, right) to honor the accomplished physician who currently is the Roy J. Carver Professor Emeritus of Internal Medicine. Clifton was chief of the UI Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology from 1955 to 1971 and head of the UI Department of Internal Medicine from 1970 to 1976. He also spearheaded the creation of the UI Center for Digestive Diseases.

A new UI faculty member, Luxon is director of the UI Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. A dedicated physician-scientist, he is known for interdisciplinary communication and collaboration in research, teaching and patient care. He most recently served on the faculty of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine, where his duties included directorship of the Gastrointestinal Fellowship Training Program. He has expertise in autoimmune hepatitis and cholestatic liver diseases, as well as hepatitis C. His research focuses on hepatic stellate cells and the role they play in causing liver fibrosis and cirrhosis.

"The Clifton Chair honors one of the UI's leading physicians, and Dr. Luxon is well positioned to provide the level of leadership exemplified by Dr. Clifton," said Paul Rothman, M.D., UI head of internal medicine and the Francois M. Abboud Chair of Medicine. "I'm confident and excited about the successes Dr. Luxon will guide us to while he holds the Clifton Chair and directorship of the division." 

Luxon holds a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Missouri at Columbia, where he also earned a medical degree and completed a three-year residency. He completed a fellowship at the University of California in San Francisco.

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