Alumni News-Class Notes


Ted Haas (’76 MD, ’80 R) retired after 35 years with Ottumwa Regional Health Center. During his career, he delivered about 7,000 babies, served on several community betterment committees, and took mission trips to build hospitals in Haiti.

Dan Murphy (’70 MD) has written Breakaway, an autobiography about his career serving the disadvantaged and marginalized, including farm workers in California and communities in Mozambique, Laos, Nicaragua, and Vietnam. Since 1998 he has provided health care services at a clinic in the Southeast Asian nation of East Timor, for which he received the country’s highest award, the medal of merit. He received a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010.

Patrick Schlievert (’76 PhD), UI chair and departmental executive officer of microbiology, received the 2016 American Society for Microbiology Graduate Microbiology Teaching Award.

Richard Tyler (’78 PhD), UI professor of otolaryngology— head and neck surgery, received the American Speech- Hearing-Language Association Media Outreach Champion Award for helping to promote public awareness of communication disorders and for serving as a media resource on stories involving tinnitus and other hearing issues. In a Des Moines Register editorial, he warned of the potential risks from misuse of personal audio devices.


Cassim Igram (’88 MD) joined the UI Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation in February, specializing in spine surgery.

Carol Wysham (’80 MD, ’86 F) was elected to the board of directors of DiabetesSisters. She is clinical associate professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, a research professor at the College of Pharmacotherapy at Washington State University, and section head of Rockwood Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology in Spokane.


Christopher Cooper (’91 MD, ’97 R), professor and vice chair of urology and associate dean of the UI Carver College of Medicine, was elected to a six-year term as executive secretary for the Pediatric Urology Advisory Council (PUAC ) by its membership. The PUAC is the representative leadership group of four pediatric urology societies that work with the American Board of Urology to develop a certificate of subspecialization in pediatric urology.

Debbie Thurmond (’97 PhD) is professor and chair of molecular and cellular endocrinology at the City of Hope Beckman Research Institute in Duarte, California.


Lisa Didion (’05 MD, ’08 R, ’09 F), associate professor of pediatrics and section chief of pediatric hospital medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, has been appointed chief medical officer of Batson Children’s Hospital. She also was inducted into the 2015 Norman C. Nelson Order of Teaching Excellence at the medical center.

Erin Shriver, MD (’06 R), UI assistant professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences, was recognized as an Emerging Leader by Women in Ophthalmology.


Cory Edwards, MD (’15 R), has returned to his hometown of Grand Forks, North Dakota, as a neurologist with Altru Health System.

Sarah Osborne, MD (’15 R), is a family medicine physician and Tyler Verworn, MD (’15 R), is an emergency medicine physician with Essentia Health in the Brainerd Lakes area of Minnesota.

Josh Wiederin, MD (’15 R), is a hospitalist at Essentia Health- St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, Minnesota, where he specializes in caring for cancer patients who have been hospitalized due to illness.