Siroos S. Shirazi, MD, Retires Following Productive Career

Shirazi, Siroos

After an incredibly productive 40 year career with the Department of Surgery, Siroos S. Shirazi MD, retired and transitioned to Emeritus Professor status as of August 1, 2012. Dr. Shirazi received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Shiraz University in Shiraz, Iran. After completing several years of an internal medicine residency in Iran, he came to the United States and did three years of residency training at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, before coming to the University of Iowa where he completed his General Surgery residency. He then joined the Department, first as an Associate and then a year later as an Assistant Professor; he attained the rank of Professor in 1981, a rank he held until his retirement. Concurrent with his clinical and academic practice at the University of Iowa, Dr. Shirazi also saw patients at the Iowa City Veterans Administration Hospital, including four years when he served as the Chief of Surgical Services there.

Dr. Shirazi held many different administrative roles within the Department over the years, including: Director of the Outpatient Surgery Clinic, Director of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Chair of the Division of General Surgery, Vice Chair of the Department, Director of the Junior Surgery Clerkship, and six years as the Program Director of the Surgery Residency. Dr. Shirazi published over 75 peer reviewed manuscripts, 10 book chapters, and numerous abstracts. He gave many presentations both nationally and internationally over the years, in such places as Tokyo, The Netherlands and Italy, among others. He belonged to numerous societies and organizations, including but not limited to the American College of Surgery, Central Surgical Association, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Association for Academic Medicine, Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, and the Iowa Medical Society, where he served as Secretary-Treasurer, Vice President, and President. He is also a member of the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners, a role he continues to hold.

Congratulations to Dr. Shirazi for an admirable career in surgery. His contributions are immeasurable and we are indebted to his longstanding dedication to the department and institution. We look forward to his continued involvement with the department as an Emeritus faculty member.