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Aug. 18, 2008

Photo: J. Lawrence Marsh, M.D., professor of orthopaedics and rehabilitation in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. Click here for a high-resolution image.

Marsh appointed to Carroll B. Larson Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery

J. Lawrence Marsh, M.D., professor of orthopaedics and rehabilitation in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, has been named to the Carroll B. Larson Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery. The five-year appointment was effective March 1.

The endowed Larson Chair honors the achievements and contributions of the late Carroll B. Larson, M.D., UI emeritus professor of orthopaedics and rehabilitation, and was created by gifts to the UI Foundation from numerous donors and friends honoring Larson's outstanding legacy at the UI.

Larson earned international recognition for his contributions to orthopedic clinical practice, research and teaching, and he led the UI Department of Orthopaedics for 23 years. He died in 1978. Reginald Cooper, M.D., professor of orthopaedics and rehabilitation who was chairman of the UI Department of Orthopedics from 1973 to 1999, was appointed as the first Larson Chair in 1983 and continues as the Larson Chair Emeritus.

Marsh, who joined the UI faculty in 1987, is an expert in traumatic orthopedic injury, particularly to the ankle, knee and elbow. His research focuses on the factors that influence clinical outcomes of patients with these injuries, including whether less invasive surgical procedures that use external fixators and percutaneous techniques for the injured joint can improve prognosis and clinical outcomes of traumatic orthopedic injury. His current research is providing new insights into the causes and prevention of arthritis following joint injuries. He is recognized as an exceptional teacher and is director of the department's residency program.

"Larry is an outstanding orthopedic surgeon whose service to his patients and profession exemplify the qualities and values that Carroll Larson espoused and demonstrated though his long and distinguished career," said Joseph Buckwalter, M.D., professor and head of orthopaedics and rehabilitation who holds the Dr. Arthur A. Steindler Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery."

Marsh received a medical degree from Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, N.Y. and completed residencies at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago and Boston University Affiliated Orthopaedic. He also completed a fellowship at Oxford University and Nuffield Orthopaedic Center in Oxford, England.

The UI acknowledges the UI Foundation as the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the university. For more information, visit the UI Foundation's Web site at http://www.uiowafoundation.org.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135
Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Brown, UI Health Care Media Relations, 319-335-9917, jennifer-l-brown@uiowa.edu