Alumni News-Class Notes


John Opitz (59MD, 61R), one of the world’s foremost authorities in medical genetics, was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.


Daryl Granner (62MS, 62MD, 70F), UI professor emeritus of molecular physiology and biophysics, and internal medicine, and founding director of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center, received the American Diabetes Association 2017 Albert Renold Award. The honor recognizes outstanding achievements in the training and mentorship of diabetes research scientists and in the facilitation of diabetes research.

James R. Scott (62MD, 72R, 73F) received the College Distinguished Service Award at the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecology Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting.


Daniel Fick (89MD, 92R, 93F) is interim chair and department executive officer of family medicine in the UI Carver College of Medicine. He also serves as director of primary care for UI Physicians and UI Health Ventures.

James Folk, MD (82F), UI professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences, was elected president of the Macula Society.

Peg Nopoulos (89MD, 93R, 94F) was named interim chair and department executive officer of psychiatry in the UI Carver College of Medicine. She is also professor of neurology and pediatrics.

Martín-José Sepúlveda, MD (85F), was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree during UI commencement ceremonies. Over a three-decade career with IBM, he has become one of the leading innovators in the development of employee health and wellness programs in the U.S. private sector.

Jeffrey Wilson (83MD, 89F), UI clinical professor of internal medicine, received the 2017 Dr. Ernest O. Theilen Clinical Teaching and Service Award for compassion and dedication exhibited toward students and patients.


Christopher Adams (99MD/PhD), UI professor of internal medicine, and molecular physiology and biophysics, was named the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center Endowed Chair. His research primarily focuses on skeletal muscle atrophy and its relationship with Type 2 diabetes.

Janice Landy (90MD), a psychiatrist at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, was named one of the People to Watch in 2017 by the Des Moines Register.


Katie Imborek (08MD, 11R), clinical assistant professor of family medicine and co-director of the LGBTQ Clinic, was named director of offsite primary care for UI Health Care. She also represented the state of Iowa in USA Today Network’s Faces of Pride feature on LGBTQ advocates and allies.

Nicholas M. Mohr (06MD, 14MS), UI associate professor of emergency medicine and anesthesia, was accepted for fellowship in the American College of Critical Care Medicine.

Chad Tracy (03MD), UI clinical associate professor of urology, received a UI Carver College of Medicine Collegiate Teaching Award.

Paul Van Heukelom (08MD, 11R), medical director of emergency medicine at UI Hospitals and Clinics, was recognized with an Emergency Provider Award at the 23rd Annual Iowa Emergency Nurses Association Conference.


Miles Greenwald (17MD), Tom Greenwald (87MD), and Stan Greenwald (59MD, 66R) and their families celebrated three generations of UI Carver College of Medicine graduates at commencement.

Anne Langguth (14MD), an ophthalmology resident at Northwestern and an accomplished violinist, filled in for an opera singer who was unable to perform at the World Food Prize Symposium and Laureate Ceremony in Des Moines, Iowa, where Langguth had been invited to speak on the intersections of art and science.