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Dec. 18, 2008

Amendola named the John and Kim Callaghan Chair in Sports Medicine

Annunziato (Ned) Amendola (photo, left), M.D., professor of orthopaedics and rehabilitation at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, has been named to the John and Kim Callaghan Chair in Sports Medicine.

The endowed John and Kim Callaghan Chair in Sports Medicine was established in 2007 through a leadership gift from John J. and Kim L. Callaghan of Iowa City, along with key support from other UI contributors.

The Callaghan Chair is a five-year appointment that supports a distinguished clinician, scientist and teacher in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation who has earned national and international recognition in the field of sports medicine.

"Ned is a leader in the field of sports medicine. His expertise covers all clinical aspects of the discipline, his research is advancing the treatment and prevention of sports injuries, and his commitment to the care of competitive and recreational athletes of all ages is outstanding. His appointment to the John and Kim Callaghan Chair is well-deserved recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of sports medicine," said Joseph Buckwalter, M.D., professor and head of orthopaedics and rehabilitation who holds the Dr. Arthur A. Steindler Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery.

Amendola, who is director of UI Sports Medicine, is an internationally recognized expert in arthroscopic surgery, particularly knee and ankle reconstruction. His clinical and research interests focus on improving the understanding, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of sports- and activity-related injuries. Amendola also has long-standing experience providing medical care for athletes at all levels of competition. He currently is head team physician for the UI Hawkeye teams including football. He was team physician for the Canadian national rugby team from 1995 to 2000. He also provides orthopedic consultation for the NBA's Toronto Raptors and the NHL Players Association.

Amendola earned his medical degree and completed his orthopedic residency at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. Prior to joining the UI in 2001, he was an associate professor and chief of orthopedic surgery at the University of Western Ontario University Hospital.

John Callaghan (photo, right), M.D., is a UI professor of orthopaedics and rehabilitation who holds the Dr. Lawrence and Marilyn Dorr Endowed Chair for Hip Reconstruction and Research.

"I am honored to be named the John and Kim Callaghan Chair in Sports Medicine," Amendola said. "Dr. Callaghan is a world renowned joint replacement surgeon and researcher, particularly known for his landmark studies on hip reconstruction and long term outcomes. He has been a role model for me and for many others. In addition, he was the team physician for the Hawkeye football team in 1991 and therefore has a soft spot for sports medicine. John and Kim Callaghan are great supporters of the University of Iowa, and the Orthopaedic Program."

The UI acknowledges the UI Foundation as the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the university. For more information visit 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