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Iowa Names Dr. Abel Chair and DEO of Department of Internal Medicine

IOWA CITY, IA - E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD, has been appointed the new Chair and Departmental Executive Officer of the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine, effective Jan. 1, 2016.

During his tenure as chair, Dr. Abel will hold the Francois M. Abboud Chair in Internal Medicine and the John B. Stokes III Chair in Diabetes Research. He will retain his leadership role as Director of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center. He holds a joint appointment in the UI Carver College of Medicine as a professor of internal medicine and of biochemistry.

Dr. Abel joined the University of Iowa in 2013 from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where he was H.A. and Edna Benning Presidential Chair in Endocrinology, chief of the Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Diabetes division, and professor of medicine and biochemistry.

Dr. Abel is internationally recognized for his research on the molecular mechanisms responsible for cardiac dysfunction in obesity, type 2 diabetes, and type 1 diabetes, and for studies of the role of mitochondrial dysfunction in the development of insulin resistance, obesity, and its complications. He received a medical degree from the University of West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. He was a Rhodes Scholar and Clinical Research Fellow with Professor John G. Ledingham 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.

In the course of his career, Dr. Abel has received numerous national honors and awards, and has been a lecturer and visiting professor in the United States and internationally. He is primary or coauthor or editor on more than 170 scientific publications. Dr. Abel, a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians, was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in October 2015.

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