Jess G. Fiedorowicz Laboratory

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    Jess G. Fiedorowicz, M.D., Ph.D. 

    Jess G. Fiedorowicz, M.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Epidemiology, and Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. He graduated summa cum laude from Marquette University and with Honors in Research from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed a medicine (transitional year) internship at St. Luke's Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin followed by a psychiatry residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he additionally served as a chief resident. He completed a fellowship in the Clinical Neurobiology of the Major Psychoses at the University of Iowa and concurrently completed an M.S. in Clinical Investigation. He also has a Ph.D. in Translational Biomedicine and a Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics from the University of Iowa. 

    Liz Smothers

    Liz Smothers
    Secretary III

    Liz Smothers is a Secretary III who has been at the University of Iowa since 1986 and has been with the Department of Psychiatry a total of 22 years. Liz works closely with Dr. Fiedorowicz and other faculty in the 2 Tower section of General Hospital. She has extensive experience in the editing, preparation, and submission of research grants. She also assists with updating CV’s, biosketches, ordering materials and supplies, directing phone calls and other communications, arranging travel, and reimbursing expenses. She is also involved with registering, scheduling and checking in outpatients in Dr. Fiedorowicz’s clinic.


    Janie Myers
    Research Assistant

    Janie Myers is a research assistant in Dr. Fiedorowicz’s laboratory. She received her bachelors of science in human physiology from the University of Iowa and has been involved in various research projects for approximately two years. She is currently working as a research assistant in both Dr. Fiedorowicz lab and Dr. Gary Pierce’s translational vascular physiology lab at the University of Iowa. In the future, Janie plans to attend physician’s assistant schooling.


    Amy Stroud, MSN, RN
    Research Specialist

    Amy Stroud, MSN, RN, has a dual appointment with the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Health and Human Physiology. She assists with several studies conducted by investigators Jess Fiedorowicz, MD, PhD, and Gary Pierce, PhD. Her responsibilities include study coordination, data analysis, IV placement, blood draws, IV infusions, pulse wave velocity with SphygmoCor, and assistance with various other vascular health measurements.

    Amy graduated from Mount Mercy University in December 2014 with her Master of Science in Nursing and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in May of 2002 from Mount Mercy College. Amy’s nursing background consists of neurosurgical nursing in the Operating Rooms for 11.5 years and clinic nursing in Neurosurgery for 1 year at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.  


    Jane Persons

    Jane Persons is a medical student at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Prior to entering medical school, she worked with the lab as a graduate research assistant and in 2016 received a PhD in Epidemiology. Her research interests are in the area of mood disorders and mental health and she plans to pursue a career in academic medicine. 


    Oluchi Abosi

    Oluchi is currently an MPH in Epidemiology student. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery from Makerere University in Uganda. Thereafter, she worked in primary care in both Uganda and Botswana mainly with HIV infected individuals. Her current interests extend to other chronic diseases, particularly cardiovascular diseases. She would like to find ways to incorporate her clinical and epidemiological backgrounds to help improve patient care and outcome.


    Scott Laurenzo

    Scott Laurenzo is a medical student at the UI CCOM. His interests include the fields of psychiatry and internal medicine.


    Lisa Wehr

    Lisa Wehr, MPH, CHES is a medical student at the UI CCOM. Her interests include the integration of primary care and psychiatry and public health approaches to the prevention and management of mental health.

     Linder, Jon

    Jon Linder  

    Jon Linder, Pharm.D., is a PGY1 pharmacy resident with the Iowa City VA Health Care System, and graduated with highest distinction from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. He plans to pursue PGY2 training in psychiatry and to practice as a clinical pharmacy specialist. 


    Bryan Cobb

    Bryan Cobb is a first-year psychiatry resident at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics with several clinical interests including substance use disorders and eating disorders. He has a longstanding fascination with mental illness and how it can affect people across the spectrum of health, race, religion, education, and social standing.


    Amy Grochala

    Amy Grochala is a medical student at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Spanish at the University of Iowa. She is interested in psychiatry, especially the areas of mental illness management and psychotherapy.


    Brian Tong
    Medical Student


    Brianna Bryant

    Brianna is an undergraduate student at Cornell College and a Cornell Fellow. At Cornell, she is majoring in psychology and minoring in biology. She is at the University of Iowa completing an internship in the Fiedorowicz Lab for the Summer of 2016.