From the VP

Healthy living takes commitment. We all know that watching what we eat, making time to exercise, getting age-appropriate screenings, and following doctors orders can help to keep us healthy.

University of Iowa Health Care shares that commitment to a high quality of life for the people we serve, whether they are patients, residents of Iowa, or citizens of the world. We realize much of the work that occupies us today, especially in our research laboratories and teaching environments, will pay off for patients in many years, so we cannot delay getting started.

The people behind the stories in this edition of Medicine Iowa share a sense of commitment and urgency. For Sue and Tom O’Dorisio, who have been studying neuroendocrine tumors for nearly two decades, the payoff in earlier diagnoses and better therapies is especially important as the incidence of these tumors increases. With the support of a first-of-its-kind National Cancer Institute Specialized Programs of Research Excellence grant, the UI team led by the O’Dorisios is positioned to accelerate the pace of discovery in this area.

This issue also introduces our Pediatric Brain Tumor Clinic, where specialists from multiple disciplines—who are committed to care that puts patients and their families first—have created a single clinic emphasizing streamlined care, communication among providers, and a unified message delivered to patients and their loved ones. And we reintroduce four medical students you first met a year ago when they entered the UI Carver College of Medicine. Learn what has kept them busy and persevering in their quest to become doctors.

UI Hospitals and Clinics CEO Ken Kates, UI Carver College of Medicine Dean Debra Schwinn, and VPMA Jean Robillard
UI Hospitals and Clinics CEO Ken Kates, UI Carver College of Medicine Dean Debra Schwinn, and VPMA Jean Robillard

As we were completing this issue of Medicine Iowa, we learned the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, unanimously approved our proposal to rename UI Children’s Hospital the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, recognizing Jerre and Mary Joy Stead’s support of children’s medicine at our institution. A year from now, this new hospital will be open and serving patients and families. It’s further proof of how commitments and promises made today can lead to a healthier tomorrow.

Jean E. Robillard, MD
Vice President for Medical Affairs
University of Iowa