Faculty Focus

Pagedar, Nitin MD

Nitin Pagedar, MD, MPH

What is your hometown?

Cleveland, Ohio

When did you join the University of Iowa faculty?


How/when did you become interested in science and medicine?

I became interested in my youth. My mother is pediatrician. My interest grew out of her example.

What interested you to pursue a career in Otolaryngology?

Head and neck cancer surgery allowed me the opportunity to perform operations on the head and neck, with its intricate and eloquent anatomy, while having a longitudinal relationship with patients during multiple phases of their illness and treatment.

Is there a teacher or mentor who helped shape your career?

I have had mentors every step of the way; all were a great source of encouragement to me.

Through my mentors, I learned how to successfully manage a practice and provide good patient care. I gained a solid footing from their example.

How or why did you choose the University of Iowa?

The Department of Otolaryngology is the best place to start a career. I have the opportunity to work with great colleagues in great department.

The University of Iowa’s faculty members are united to provide exceptional patient care while advancing innovations in research and medical education. How does your work help translate new discoveries into patient centered care and education?

Everything I do directly affects my patient-centered care. My research focuses on how I can improve the care my patients receive and their health outcomes. It is important to me that my research translates the next day to providing good patient care.

What kinds of professional opportunities or advantages does being a faculty member at an academic medical center provide?

Being at a teaching hospital, I mentor and work with trainees. My trainees push me to improve my skills and to increase my knowledge; to keep perfecting my understanding of my field. Also being at The University of Iowa, has allowed me to pursue a Masters in Public Health.

Please describe your professional interests.

Head and neck cancer.

What led to your interest in the head and neck?

It was in my first anatomy course that I became interested in the structure and study of the head and neck. Once I had that interest, a mentor of mine encouraged me to focus on the treatment of head and neck cancer.

How does working in a collaborative and comprehensive academic medical center benefit your work?

I am able to participate in trans-disciplinary research. Working with others from various disciplines with a multitude of perspectives, results in the best solution.

What are some of your outside interests?

My two children. Home brewing and photography.

Do you have an insight or philosophy that guides you in your professional work?

Keep it simple and keep it about your patient.

If you could change one thing about the world (or the world of medicine/science), what would it be?

To insure that population health and patient-level health care decisions are in alignment.

Incentives in health care are all too often based on other factors than providing health care to the larger population.

What is the biggest change you've experienced in your field since you were a student?

Understanding patient-centered outcomes.

What one piece of advice would you give to today's students?

Pay attention to the big picture.

What do you see as "the future" of medicine/science?

More integrated systems of delivering health care. Increasing consideration for and commitment to keeping the general population healthy.

In what ways are you engaged with the greater Iowa public (i.e. population based research, mentoring high school students, sharing your leadership/expertise with organizations or causes, speaking engagements off campus, etc.)?

Presenting to residency program across the state. Serving in national societies. Teaching in continuing education sessions.