Four UI Health Care employees named to Corridor Business Journal’s ‘Forty Under 40’ list

Four University of Iowa Health Care employees were honored Oct. 17 by the Corridor Business Journal for their inclusion on the annual “Forty Under 40” listing of individuals who have made a significant impact in their business and community.

This year’s honorees from UI Health Care are (left to right): Michael Colburn, MD, MEd, Jeralyn Westercamp, MHA, Luke Leyden, and Arunkumar Modi, MBBS, MPH.

The Loop caught up with each of this year’s award winners:

Michael Colburn, MD, MEd

Clinical assistant professor, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Stead Family Department of Pediatrics

The Loop: What’s the most challenging part of your job?

Colburn: I think the most challenging part of my job is when a youth’s care is impaired by their caregiver. With my focus on improving mental health of youth, it’s most difficult when mental health stigma from the family is what puts a roadblock on progression; that would probably be the biggest challenge I face. It’s difficult when a youth reaches out for help, but societal stereotypes on mental health result in fear and resistance in the family. I spend a lot of time trying to demystify and take away the stigma behind mental health. I feel my effort is always well spent and leads to improvement as a community, but when we are not successful as a team, and a youth continues to struggle, is the most difficult thing to see.

The Loop: What are some of your research interests?

Colburn: My research interest is in medical education. I’m a big proponent of mental health education within the pediatric realm, and I am always exploring how we as pediatricians can step up and fill the void in mental health care access. I have shown improved knowledge and confidence within future pediatrician’s skills at assessing and managing common mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression within the primary care setting.

Jeralyn Westercamp, MHA

Coordinator of clinical outreach and development, Physician Assistant Studies and Services, Carver College of Medicine

The Loop: What does winning a “Forty Under 40” award mean to you?

Westercamp: First of all, I was totally shocked. I knew I was being nominated, but I had zero percent thought or chance that I would receive the honor. I’m still in my 20s so I’m very much under 40, and it’s surreal to be included with all these other talented people. I really think it’s also kind of a recognition of youth power. It’s beyond the token representation that young people do matter and that, to me, is the coolest thing. I really love receiving this award in my 20s because it’s a form of external validation that youth make a difference and youth can make a positive difference.

The Loop: What makes your job unique?

Westercamp: I wear a lot of different hats, which I really enjoy, and I think that might be what makes my job unique. In our department this was a brand-new position. No one before me has had it. So, I think what makes it unique is that I am able to do such a blend of things, and I think that’s why I really enjoy it. And it gives me the opportunity to leverage my background. This job allows me to maximize all the things I’ve dabbled in. So, one day I might operate our social media for our department, one day I might be working on our newsletter, and another day I’m meeting with students and doing a site visit for accreditation at our clinical sites.

Luke Leyden

Assistant director and chief architect, Capital Management, UI Hospitals & Clinics

The Loop: What do you enjoy most about your job?

Leyden: There are a couple things that I really enjoy. One is seeing spaces that were outdated or unusable become state of the art healing environments where patients are comfortable. But also, hearing the feedback from staff and, most importantly, from patients about the spaces that we were able to build. Listening to them express themselves, and to be so thankful that they have a nice, brand new place where they can really heal and that makes them feel good. That’s the most rewarding part.

The Loop: What makes your job unique?

Leyden: I think it’s unique because I’m involved in the planning and design of all our projects. That allows me to work on projects as simple as offices but also things as intricate and complex as imaging facilities like MRI and Cath Lab rooms and operating rooms. It’s really just a wide variety of spaces. It’s also unique because I’m able to work with a wide variety of people—front-line reception staff, child life, our hospital art team, hospital administration, and physicians and nurses who are leading departments.

Arunkumar Modi, MBBS, MPH

Clinical assistant professor, Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Stead Family Department of Pediatrics

The Loop: What are some of your research interests?

Modi: My primary research interest is in bone marrow transplants in patients with hematologic malignancies and bone marrow failure, especially focusing on immune deficiencies and inherited disorders of hemoglobin. Our ultimate goal is to make these procedures safer and more effective.

The Loop: What do you enjoy most about your job?

Modi: I think the patients are the most enjoyable part of my job. Every day, we come in and we take care of the kids who are missing their childhood fighting cancer or having bone marrow transplants for conditions that may lead to life-threatening consequences. They’re going through a very difficult procedure to achieve a cure, but during all these difficulties they’re always happy and upbeat. They can easily make you forget about your worries and put a smile on your face, and that’s the best part.

In the Corridor Business Journal: See a Q&A with all of this year’s winners.

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