TIAA Financial Consultants Are Available for Virtual Individual Meetings

I wanted to make sure you – and your employees – are aware that your local TIAA Financial Consultants continue to be available to meet with you to discuss your retirement plan and your investments.  The only difference is that these meetings are now being conducted over the phone or virtually through our web based meetings.  These meetings are secure and only you and the Financial Consultant will be in that virtual meeting room together.  

Above I have provided you with a copy of our schedules for both our University of Iowa meetings and our local Iowa City office meeting dates where our local Financial Consultants will be available to meet during the month of April. 

As you may know TIAA Financial Consultants meet with University of Iowa employees to help them with any questions they have with the University of Iowa retirement plans that they contribute to with TIAA.  These meetings are offered for no additional charge and are provided as a service to the University of Iowa and your employees.

If you would be willing to share this schedule with employees that you support we would be very appreciative.  The attached schedules include information on how to select and reserve a specific meeting time directly with TIAA – for anyone that wishes to do so.

Cardiology and Genetics Combine to Solve Medical Mystery

“An 11-year-old boy playing baseball stops running, clutches his chest and falls to the ground. He cannot be resuscitated. One of his brothers survives a similar attack and no one can figure out why, until a medical team at the University of Iowa discovered an unknown genetic disorder.”

Charity Nebbe, from Iowa Public Radio’s Talk of Iowa podcast, talked with Dr. Ian Law (Cardiology) and Hannah Bombei, MS, CGC (Medical Genetics and Genomics) to discuss their years of testing and research to stop a disease plaguing an Iowa Mennonite family of eight.

BMT Program Now a Member of PIDTC

Under the leadership of Dr. Arun Modi (Hematology/Oncology), the Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) program is now a part of the Primary Immune Deficiency Treatment Consortium (PIDTC) – an NIH-funded consortium of select children’s hospitals involved in the diagnosis, cutting-edge research, and new clinical trials for Primary Immune deficiency disorders.

This is a great honor and achievement to be included in the PIDTC. “This is a feather in the cap of Dr. Modi and his BMT team”, says Dr. Yatin Vyas, Division Director for Hematology/Oncology.

Neonatal Hemodynamics Features in Children’s Hospital Today Magazine

The neonatal hemodynamics program within the Division of Neonatology was the feature of an advertisement in the winter 2020 edition of Children’s Hospital Today, a news magazine of the Children’s Hospital Association. The 2-page spread featured quotes from Dr. Patrick McNamara (Division Director) and Dr. Regan Giesinger as a hemodynamics expert.

Save the Date: Pediatrics Research Day, May 27, 2020

Pediatrics Research Day will be Friday, March 27, 2020.

It will begin at 11:45 AM and take place in 2415 JCP (the conference center auditorium on 2 JCP).

Abstract and Data Blitz slides are due for submission by March 13. Faculty judges for the poster session are also needed. To submit and abstract or slides, or volunteer to judge, please contact Cheri Stevens.

Reminder: The Grand Rounds will take place this day from 1-2 PM (NOT the usual 12-1 time).

The schedule can be downloaded here for distribution, as well as viewed below.

NICU Praised in New Book

Journalist and mother Sarah DiGregorio praises the UI NICU in her new book, “Early,” (Harper Collins, 2020) a deeply personal study of premature birth in the United States.

Inspired by her own harrowing experience giving birth to her premature daughter, the book is a compelling and empathetic work that combines memoir with rigorous reporting to tell the story of neonatology—and to meditate on the questions raised by premature birth.

Ms. DiGregorio also speaks about the book and her experiences on NPR’s On Point podcast.

Specifically, page 188 of the book makes some exemplary comments at the NICU at the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Dagle Receives Distinguished Alumnus Award

Dr John Dagle was selected as a recipient of the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award for service towards clinical care and research in the field of Neonatal-Perinatal care. The committee singled out Dr. Dagle’s commitment towards the Iowa Statewide Perinatal Program and education of the future generation of neonatal leaders as examples of exemplary care.

Dr. Ferguson Awarded Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Polly Ferguson (Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology) was awarded with the American College of Rheumatology’s (ACR) Distinguished Service Award during the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting in Atlanta. The award reflects her outstanding contributions to the advancement of rheumatology.

The ACR recognizes leading researchers, clinicians, mentors, and other professionals exhibiting superior commitment to the advancement of the field of rheumatology with the Awards of Distinction honors. The Distinguished Service Award is awarded to an ACR member for outstanding and sustained service to the ACR.

The ACR Distinguished Service Award is presented to Polly Ferguson, MD, the Marjorie K. Lamb Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Iowa (UIowa).

Dr. Ferguson strongly believes in the ACR’s mission for a multitude of reasons. She says the organization provides those in academic medicine with opportunities to advance their career, advocates for patients and providers on a governmental level to ensure needed care is delivered, and leads clinicians, researchers, and practitioners in the rheumatology field. That’s why it was easy, she says, to volunteer for numerous committees over the years.

She has served on at least eight different committees, including the Pediatric Rheumatology Section Executive Committee, the Committee on Research, the Abstract Review Committee, the Abstract Oversight Committee, a research sub-committee of the Government Affairs Committee, the Committee on Nominations and Appointments (ACR), the Committee on Membership and Nominations, the JIA Treatment Guideline Development Group, and chaired the Pediatric Rheumatology Special Committee.

Not to mention her current service as a member of the NIH/NIAID Board of Scientific Counselors, the Arthritis Foundation Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee, and the American Board of Pediatrics Rheumatology sub-board.

Dr. Ferguson received her medical degree from the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine at UIowa in 1990. During the next decade, she completed her training at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, which included her pediatric residency, pediatric rheumatology and immunology fellowship, and a postdoctoral research fellowship.

Then in 2000, she served for two years as an assistant professor of Pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. But in 2002, she returned to UIowa where she now serves as the director of Pediatric Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology at the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics at UIowa.

Her current NIH-funded research focuses on uncovering the genetic and immunologic basis of autoinflammatory disease, particularly those that affect the bone, and understanding the role of inflammation in neurologic disease.  She has identified several genes that cause sterile osteomyelitis and has translated findings into effective treatment. Her work has been cited in medical journals more than 5,000 times.

Meanwhile, she has mentored many undergraduate, graduate, post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty from UIowa and other schools. She also serves as the training director of the school’s Department of Pediatrics K12 Child Health Research Career Development Award (CHRCDA) Program.

 “What means the most to me about this award is that that my peers thought to nominate me when there are so many other outstanding volunteers, and that they value what I’ve done,” says Dr. Ferguson. “It’s a very humbling experience.”

Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator Opportunity

The Stead Family Department of Pediatrics is seeking a Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator to assist in programmatic development to support clinical investigations in Pediatrics and serve as a clinical coordinator for a subset of clinical research studies in multiple disciplines within the department. The coordinator will be involved in all aspects of research including patient recruitment and enrollment, patient education and assessment, data collection and monitoring, regulatory documentation, and coordination of research visits with all appropriate disciplines. The coordinator will independently manage multiple research trials, and work collaboratively with other coordinators throughout the Department. Programmatic activities will include serving as primary contact for a national pediatric clinical trials group, assisting in monitoring department-wide compliance, and providing creative input regarding optimization of pediatric clinical research. Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, a valid Iowa Nursing License and 3 or more years of clinical experience.

Interested candidates can review or apply for this position here. Additionally, please assist in our recruitment efforts by sharing this information with those who may be interested and meet the required qualifications! Questions? Please contact