The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine welcomes three new departmental executive officers: E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD, in internal medicine, Colin P. Derdeyn, MD, in radiology, and Cynthia Wong, MD, in anesthesia.
Abel has been director of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center at the UI since 2013 and he retains that leadership role during his tenure as chair of internal medicine, which is the UI Carver College of Medicine’s largest specialty department. He holds the Francois M. Abboud Chair in Internal Medicine and the John B. Stokes III Chair in Diabetes Research, and has a joint appointment as a professor of internal medicine and of biochemistry.
Abel earned a medical degree from the University of West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, and was a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, England, where he also earned a DPhil (PhD) in physiology. He completed an internship and residency in medicine at McGraw Medical Center, Northwestern University Medical School, where he served as chief resident of internal medicine at the VA Lakeside Medical Center. He was a clinical and research fellow and instructor at Harvard Medical School before joining the faculty at University of Utah in 2000, prior to coming to the UI. A world-renowned leader in diabetes research and a national leader and mentor in the endocrine and diabetes community, he was recently elected to the National Academy of Medicine and is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians.
Derdeyn comes from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, where he was professor of radiology, neurology, and neurological surgery, director of the Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center, and program director for the Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology Fellowship. He earned a medical degree from the University of Virginia and completed residencies in general and neurological surgery at University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill, and in radiology at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Barnes Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine.
Wong was professor and vice chair of anesthesia and chief of the section on obstetric anesthesia at Northwestern University prior to joining the UI. She obtained her medical degree from the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago after completing a fellowship in immunobiology and immunochemistry at the University of Würzburg, Germany.