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Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2600
Phone:(319) 335-8573
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  • Alumni and Their Work

    Nicholas (Nick) M Wetjen, M.D., graduated from Loras College, Dubuque with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Research in 1996 and then enrolled at the University of Iowa later that fall.  Nick was a summer research fellow in his pre-M1 summer and in his M1 summer.  He worked with Dr. Timothy Ryken, Associate Professor, Neurosurgery (himself a past summer research fellow).  Nick attributes his subsequent career in academic medicine to his summer research experience at Iowa.   He went on to participate in the NIH Clinical Research Fellowship Program in translational research during his neurosurgery residency at the Mayo Clinic.  He then completed his pediatric neurosurgery training in the University of Utah and is currently an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics at Mayo Medical School in Rochester.  He is enrolled in a Master’s Degree Program in clinical research through the Center for Translational Programs.  His research interests include:  craniovertebral junction abnormalities in children, pediatric epilepsy, pediatric brain tumors, and sports participation of children who have had brain surgery.  

    Bradley J Van Voorhis, MD, matriculated at the University of Iowa CCOM in 1980 and participated in the summer research fellowship in 1981.  Brad feels that this experience opened his eyes to the possibilities of medical research and a career in academic medicine.  After graduation 4 he completed his residency at the Medical College of Virginia in Obstetrics and Gynecology and then a fellowship at Harvard Medical School in Reproductive Endocrinology and returned to Iowa as an Assistant Professor in 1990.  He has continued a career in academic research and is now an active summer research and RDT mentor.  Dr. Van Voorhis is currently the F. K. Chapler Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Iowa.  His current research interests include outcomes research in infertility including analysis of cost-effectiveness, benign uterine conditions including endometrial polyps and fibroids and single embryo transfer with IVF.