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Laurel J. Lyckholm, MD

Laurel Lyckholm, MDClinical Professor

Department of Internal Medicine
Division of Hematology/Oncology

500 Newton Road, 1-104 MEB
Iowa City, IA 52242
Email:  laurel-lyckholm@uiowa.edu

Dr. Lyckholm is a faculty member in the Program in Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, where she is also a professor in the Division of Hematology/Oncology in the Department of Internal Medicine. She received her MD from Creighton University, where she completed her residency and chief residency. She then completed her Hematology/Oncology fellowship training at UIHC and joined the faculty for three years, followed by a fellowship at the University of Chicago MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. She then spent 19 years at Virginia Commonwealth University as the Sidney G. Page Jr. MD Professor of Bioethics and Humanities as well as Professor of Hematology/Oncology and Palliative Care. She has been at the University of Iowa since January of 2015.

Her research and clinical interests have been directed toward improving cancer and palliative care for the most vulnerable of our citizens, including indigent patients and inmates of correctional facilities. She is also an avid educator and was the fellowship director for Hematology/Oncology for 14 years, and started one of the earliest Palliative Care fellowship programs in the country. She is a Faculty Scholar in the Project on Death in America. At Virginia Commonwealth University, she developed and conducted the medical students' Bioethics and Humanities course as well as curricula in Palliative Care for medical students, housestaff, and fellows.

Dr. Lyckholm practices Hematology/Oncology at UIHC. She also assists in ongoing educational program development in Hematology/Oncology and Bioethics and Humanities and serves on the Hospital Ethics Committee and Ethics Consult Service.

Dr. Lyckholm is active in the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is also a member of the American Society of Hematology. She has studied and written about a variety of topics, including cancer care of the underserved, existential issues in dying patients and symptom management in patients receiving chemotherapy.

Current Projects

  • Ethical issues in caring for prisoners with advanced cancer
  • Terminology used by physicians and other health care providers
  • Symptoms at the end of life as seen by family members
  • Education of interns and residents on inpatient hematology/oncology units
  • Development of a curriculum for an inpatient hematology consultation service

Graduate Education

  • M.D. - Creighton University
  • Subspecialty Fellowship - Hematology Oncology, University of Iowa
  • Fellowship in Clinical Medical Ethics, Universitiy of Chicago

Professional Service

  • Attending Physician, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
  • Consultant, Ethics Consult Service

Research Interests

  • Cancer care for marginalized patients
  • Symptom management in patients with cancer
  • Existential issues for patients and families of patients with serious illness
  • Cancer education for undergraduates and graduates

Recent Publications

Teaching Activities

  • Virginia Commonwealth University 1995-2014
    • Course Master, longitudinal curriculum in Bioethics and Humanities
    • Course Master, longitudinal curriculum in Palliative Care
    • Co-Course Master, "Physician, Patient and Society" curriculum
    • Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program Director 1999-201 
    • Palliative Care Fellowship Program Director 2001-2014
  • University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
    • Hematology/Oncology Course in M2: Lymphoproliferative Disorders
    • Clinical Beginnings/Interprofessional Education: Plenary and small group facilitator
    • Assistant to Daniel Berg MD, Fellowship Program Director, Hematology/Oncology

University Service

  • Member, Ethics Subcommittee, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
  • Mentoring Committee, Rupali Roy, MD