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April 12, 2010

UI Health Care names Richerson as new head of neurology

richersonUniversity of Iowa Health Care leaders today announced the appointment of George Richerson, M.D., Ph.D., as professor and head of the UI Department of Neurology, pending approval by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.

Richerson, 52, currently serves as professor and residency program director of the Department of Neurology at the Yale University School of Medicine, where he was previously the acting chairman of neurology. He also previously served as acting chief of neurology at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Haven, Conn.

Jean Robillard, M.D., UI vice president for medical affairs, said, "I am very pleased that Dr. Richerson has agreed to join us at Iowa. He is an internationally known neurologist with strong Iowa ties."

Richerson, and his father, Hal Richerson, M.D., are both alumni of the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. In addition, Hal Richerson served as a faculty member for nearly 40 years in the UI Department of Internal Medicine as an allergy specialist, and since 2003 he has been professor emeritus in the department.

Paul Rothman, M.D., dean of the UI Carver College of Medicine, noted, "It is great to be able to recruit George to Iowa to continue and expand on the research and clinical excellence in neuroscience at Iowa."

Richerson is listed in the database of the "Best Doctors in America." He is currently the recipient of three grants from the National Institutes of Health. His research efforts include projects to better understand aspects of Parkinson's disease, epilepsy and sudden infant death syndrome.

Ken Kates, CEO of UI Hospitals and Clinics and associate vice president, UI Health Care, said, "I look forward to working with Dr. Richerson as he assumes leadership of neurology and its clinicians, many of whom are also nationally known and respected for their expertise in providing quality patient care."

Richerson graduated from Iowa State University in 1980 with a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering with honors and distinction. He received a medical degree and a doctoral degree in physiology and biophysics in 1987 at the UI Carver College of Medicine.

Richerson finished his residency in neurology at Yale-New Haven Hospital in 1991, and served as chief resident from 1990 to 1991. He completed an internship at Waterbury Hospital Health Center in Waterbury, Conn., in 1988. He also served as an emergency room physician at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Haven, Conn., from 1988 to 1991.

"I am certainly looking forward to joining such an outstanding academic medical center that has a tremendous reputation for providing high-quality patient care, conducting pioneering research and training the next generation of health care professionals," Richerson said. "Iowa City is a special community and I am eager to come back to my roots."

Richerson will begin his new duties on July 1, 2010.

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