8 receive Distinguished Alumni Awards

University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine


Thomas Boat (65MS, 66MD) has worked to define the pathophysiology of airway dysfunction, develop therapies for childhood chronic lung disease, and improve research, training, and clinical care in pediatrics. Now at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, he has been dean, department chair, and CEO of the physician practice group at several academic medical centers.

R. Ariel Gomez, MD (83F), has made fundamental contributions to understanding the origin, identity, and fate of kidney renin cells. As director of both the Child Health Research Center and the Center for Excellence in Pediatric Nephrology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, he is working to develop treatments for hypertension and kidney and vascular diseases.

Lewis Roberts, MB, ChB (92PhD), is widely recognized for research on liver and biliary cancers. A native of Ghana, he generously volunteers in Africa and Asia to teach future health care professionals, expand global health awareness, and organize medical education opportunities. As a Mayo Clinic faculty member, he mentors learners at all levels, in particular underrepresented minority students.

Steven Craig (79MD), assistant dean for student affairs and curriculum in the UI Carver College of Medicine, is dedicated to training the next generation of health care professionals in Iowa. As executive director of the Des Moines Area Medical Education Consortium, he coordinates the partnership between the UI and five Des Moines health care member institutions.

Obstetrician and gynecologist Willie Parker (90MD) advocates for abortion rights, access to services, and reproductive health care for underprivileged women across the U.S. He chairs Physicians for Reproductive Health, sits on the board of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, and joined the Center for Reproductive Rights to lobby for the Women’s Health Protection Act.

Katie Imborek (08MD, 11R) is committed to improving the lives and care of patients in the LGBTQ Clinic at UI Hospitals and Clinics—Iowa River Landing. A UI clinical assistant professor of family medicine and the clinic’s co-founder, she has worked to eliminate health care disparities since raising awareness of LGBTQ health care issues in medical school.

Joseph Walder, MD, PhD, was a UI biochemistry faculty member when he founded Integrated DNA Technologies Inc. (IDT) in 1987 in Coralville, Iowa. Today, IDT is the world leader in genomic solutions for the life sciences market in academic research, medical diagnostics, biotechnology, agriculture, and pharmaceutical development. IDT is also a generous supporter of UI Health Care.

University of Iowa Alumni Association

As a professor of epidemiology and neurology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rosebud Roberts, MB, ChB (90MS), studies the role of specific diseases—such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and high cholesterol— and dietary habits on the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment and dementia. Her pioneering research could benefit millions worldwide.