Jim Levett (74MD) received the 2019 Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. He is in practice with Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa in Cedar Rapids.

Jack Swanson (70MD, 73R) retired from the McFarland Clinic in Ames, Iowa, after 44 years and over 200,000 patient visits.


James Long, MD (87R), is medical director of the hospice and palliative medicine program for Mercy Health-Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, Kentucky, following retirement from private practice serving patients in the Paducah area for nearly 32 years.

Fred Ovrom (81MD), who practices at Mercy Towncrest Internal Medicine, has volunteered at the Iowa City Free Medical Clinic for 25 years.

Peter Wilden (88PhD), associate professor of medical pharmacology and physiology at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, received the Jane Hickman Outstanding Medical Educator Award.


John Dagle (91MD, 91PhD, 95R, 97F), professor of pediatrics and a neonatologist at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, received the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

Tony Gregg, MD (93F), is president of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG). He was invited before Congress in 2017 to give an expert briefing on advances in prenatal genetic screening on behalf of ACMG.

Marta Hemmingson-VanBeek (97MD, 01R, 03F, 08F), MPH, FAAD, medical chief of staff for UI Hospitals & Clinics, is secretary-treasurer of the American Academy of Dermatology. She is the C. William Hanke Professor of Dermatologic Surgery and director of the dermatologic surgery division.

Scott Rens (92MD) was named clinical medical director of Sioux Center (Iowa) Health, which he has served since 1993.

Colleen K. Stockdale, MD (99R, 04MS), UI clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology and the William C. Keettel Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology, is president of the American Society for Colpscopy and Cervical Pathology, the primary source of postgraduate colposcopy training.


Nkanyezi Ferguson, MD (14F, 15F), received the National Minority Quality Forum’s 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health Award. She is a UI Health Care dermatologist and surgeon specializing in ethnic skin care.

Kyle Mandsager (12MD) led a team of researchers from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation that found poor cardiorespiratory fitness impacted a patient’s health even more so than smoking. Their study, which analyzed data on 122,007 patients who did exercise treadmill testing, was published in JAMA Network Open.

Brian Privett, MD (11R), is president-elect of the Iowa Medical Society. He practices at Iowa Eye Center in Cedar Rapids.

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