Department mourns loss of one of its own

Ephgrave, Kim

The UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine family is saddened by the death of Dr. Kim Ephgrave, Tuesday, March 6, at the age of 55. Dr. Ephgrave was known to many in the UI Health Care community through her service not only as a faculty member in the Department of Surgery, but also for her contributions as the Chief of Surgical Services at the Iowa City Veterans Administration Center for 10 years, as the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Curriculum in the Carver College of Medicine for four years, and as a Special Assistant to the Dean.

As Surgery Department Head Dr. Ronald Weigel noted in his message to the department, Dr. Ephgrave spent her entire professional career at the University of Iowa, starting as an Associate in 1986 and becoming a full Professor in 1995, and was the first recipient of the Robert and Helene Soper Chair, the first endowed chair in the Department of Surgery. She had a strong commitment to surgical education, serving as both the Junior Clerkship Director and the Associate Director for the Residency Program during her career, and was voted Teacher of the Year five separate times by the medical students. Most recently she was Professor Emeritus in the department and had been pursuing her passion for the fine arts and working on her bachelor of fine arts.

Sincere condolences go out to Dr. Ephgrave’s family, including her husband, Tom Rocklin, UI Vice President for Student Life, and their three sons. A Service of Remembrance will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 11, at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City, with Rev. Steven Protzman officiating. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery. Following the service a reception will be held at The Kirkwood Room (next to the funeral home). In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Dr. Kimberly Ephgrave Surgery Educational Development Fund c/o University of Iowa Foundation, 1 West Park Rd, Iowa City, IA 52242. Online condolences may be sent to the family at