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Oct. 22, 2010

Vogelgesang appointed to new Strottmann Chair for medical education

The late M. Paul Strottmann earned a medical degree from the University of Iowa and went on to teach medicine there for nearly four decades. Thanks to a $1.5 million bequest to the University of Iowa Foundation in Strottmann's estate, his legacy of educating future physicians will live on in the UI Department of Internal Medicine through the M. Paul Strottmann Family Chair of Medical Student Education and Physician Training.

The UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine announced that the inaugural Strottmann Chair holder will be Scott A. Vogelgesang, M.D., a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine. Vogelgesang, whose research and clinical interests are in medical education and general rheumatology, said the award is especially meaningful given Strottmann's years of leadership as a teacher.

"Paul Strottmann was a good friend and mentor to me and to generations of medical students here at the University of Iowa," said Vogelgesang, who serves as the department's vice chair for education and director of graduate medical education. "This chair will provide funding to support innovations in teaching future medical leaders, and there couldn't be a more fitting legacy for Paul. I am honored and proud to carry on his work."

The head of the Department of Internal Medicine, Mark E. Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., said Vogelgesang is a perfect fit as the first holder of the chair, which Strottmann directed should be used to retain or support a faculty member who shows exemplary skill and passion for teaching medical students, residents and fellows.

"The Strottmann Chair is among the highest honors for our department's faculty," Anderson said, "because it directly supports our educational mission. Scott Vogelgesang and Paul Strottmann are synonymous with excellence in teaching, and I know Paul would be proud that Scott has been named to this position. We're grateful for Paul's generosity and for Scott's service."

Vogelgesang earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota in 1980 and a medical degree from the University of South Dakota in 1987. He completed his residency at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colo., and completed a fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. In 1995, he joined the faculty of the Division of Rheumatology in the Department of Internal Medicine in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. Vogelgesang has received numerous awards for teaching and has been recognized for his medical education research.

Strottmann earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1951 and went on to complete a medical degree at the UI in 1959; he earned certification in internal medicine from the UI in 1962. After serving as an instructor at the UI, he joined the faculty of the UI Department of Internal Medicine in 1965. At the time of his death in 2008, he was professor emeritus. Like Vogelgesang, Strottmann earned numerous awards from the UI for his teaching. He lived in Iowa City with his wife, LaVella A. Strottmann, who died in 1995.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Foundation, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, Iowa 52244-4550

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