Richard F. LeBlond
For every right, there is a responsibility, for every opportunity, an obligation.
The opportunity to serve on the faculty of a major research university comes with obligations to the students, faculty and administration of that university. To the students, we must give our best efforts to inform and challenge them; to our fellow faculty members, we must give collegial support and honest constructive criticism; to the administration, the faculty must serve as the conscience of the university upholding its values in the face of the exigencies of the time. Serving on the Faculty Senate and Council has given me an increased understanding of the vital role of the faculty in the sustaining the core values of the academy as the University adapts to the changing external environment and to internal pressures. Now, more than ever, active and vigorous participation of the faculty in the governance of the University is required as the Regents and administration face the challenges of declining State support and increasing reliance upon tuition, contracts and grants for support of basic services. In addition to these external pressures and threats, there are internal challenges. Among these are the role and control of athletics in the university community, the appropriateness of monetary incentive programs for faculty and other staff and, in general, the increasing commercialization and privatization of large public universities, including the University of Iowa. If elected vice-president of the Faculty Senate, I will actively engage these issues with the representatives of the faculty from each college and with the University administration. Collectively we can lead the University through these challenging times while maintaining the core values of academic freedom, respect for a diversity of opinions, the pursuit of new knowledge and the education of the next generation of Iowans and the next generation of university scholars.
Current Position: Professor (Clinical), Department of Internal Medicine, the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.
Previous Positions: Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor Montana State University (1982-1996); Assistant Adjunct Professor of Medicine the University of California, San Francisco and Honorary Senior Lecturer Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda (1991-2); and Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor the University of Washington (1992-6).
Education: B.A., 1969, Princeton University (Biochemistry); M.D. University of Washington (Seattle), 1972; Internship: Columbia University, Harlem Hospital, New York City (1972-3); Residency: University of Washington (1975-8)
Teaching: My major teaching efforts are the bedside education of medical students and internal medicine residents in the hospital and ambulatory clinics. In addition, I participate regularly in the physical diagnosis courses for first and second year medical students and give two lectures annually in the Foundations of Clinical Practice course. In 2003 I was recipient of the Collegiate Teaching Award.
Scholarship: I am the principle author of a major revision for the 8th edition of DeGowin’s Diagnostic Examination, a classic textbook of physical and differential diagnosis, which will be published in May 2004. I am a member of the Mind, Brain, Body and Health Initiative, a MacArthur Foundation funded research network investigating the mechanisms of mind-body interactions.
Service: Faculty Senate and Council 2001-4; UI Business Competition Committee (2002-4); Chairman, Education Task Force, Department of Internal Medicine (1999); member, American Board of Internal Medicine, 1993-8; member American Board of Family Practice 1998-2003; member, Residency Review Committee for Internal Medicine (Vice-Chair 2002-3), the accrediting body for all postgraduate training in internal medicine.