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Rowen Zetterman, M.D., Named Creighton Medical Dean

Rowen Zetterman, M.D., Named Creighton Medical Dean

Rowen K. Zetterman, M.D., has been named dean of the Creighton University School of Medicine.

Zetterman, who has served as chief of staff for the Veterans Affairs (VA) Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System since 2002, will assume his new position with Creighton on Jan. 5, 2009.

“Creighton University is extremely fortunate to have someone with the leadership and breadth of experience in academic, research and clinical disciplines needed in our School of Medicine to meet an increasingly competitive and demanding health care environment. As an internationally known medical leader, Dr. Zetterman is at the top of his game and will be instrumental as we move our health sciences agenda forward,” said Robert P. Heaney, M.D., interim vice president for Health Sciences.

Zetterman comes to Creighton with a wealth of academic, clinical, research and administrative experience and an extensive knowledge of the health care environment in the Omaha-metro area. He has held several appointments with Creighton University, the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the VA system since 1977.

He served as chief of medicine for the Omaha Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 1998-2002, and as chief of staff for the Nebraska Health System, 1997-2000. Zetterman joined the faculty of Creighton’s Department of Internal Medicine in 1977, becoming a clinical professor of internal medicine in 1986.

“For me, the opportunity to serve as a medical academic dean, bringing my expertise to bear on the transformation of young minds, is the opportunity of a lifetime,” said Zetterman.

An internationally known researcher, his research interests include the care of all types of liver transplantation patients and the evaluation and care of patients with primary bilary cirrhosis, alcoholic hepatitis, auto-immune hepatitis and chronic liver disease.

In 2008, Zetterman received the Berk/Fise Clinical Achievement Award, the highest award from the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG). He served as ACG president in 2000. In 2007, he received the Alfred Stengel Memorial Award for Outstanding Service from the American College of Physicians (ACP). This award, given by the nation’s largest medical specialty organization and the second largest physician group in the United States, recognizes loyalty and exceptional contributions to the ACP’s mission.

Zetterman graduated from Shickley Public High School in Shickley, Neb. He earned his medical degree from University of Nebraska in 1969 and completed a medical internship and a residency in internal medicine, both at University Hospital, University of Nebraska College of Medicine; and fellowships in gastroenterology, University of Nebraska College of Medicine, and hepatology and nutrition, New Jersey College of Medicine at Newark.