Innovations in Clinical Care Award

The Innovations in Clinical Care Award is given to an individual or team for implementation of an innovative new program or process that improves service to patients.

201820172016 / 2015 / 2014 / 2013 / 2012 / 2011

2018 Winner

The Prostate Biopsy Team, which includes Chad Tracy, MD, and Paul Gelhaus, MD, from the Department of Urology, and Catherine Metz, MD, and Maheen Rajput, MD, from the Department of Radiology

The team acquired the first fusion biopsy machine for prostate biopsy for the state of Iowa and local region. Since implementation in 2017, the team has done more than 200 biopsies on patients from Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Missouri. To further improve the diagnosis and management of prostate cancer, these clinical faculty members formed a multispecialty committee of radiologists and urologists that now meets every six weeks to review cases for quality improvement and review current literature.

2017 Winner

Janet Andrews, MD, and the Perinatal Diabetes Program, Obstetrics and Gynecology

The Perinatal Diabetes Program team is led by Janet Andrews with strong support from Diedre Fleener, RN, and Julie Neuzil, RN. The program was instituted in 2016, making it easier for pregnant women with diabetes to communicate with their obstetric providers. Patients are given an advanced blood glucose meter that automatically sends results to their care team; no manual tracking is necessary. The program helps minimize the occurrence of adverse pregnancy and neonatal outcomes associated with diabetes during pregnancy. This care redesign project uses an “integrated practice unit” model of team-based care combined with innovative remote monitoring (Telcare) technology to better the health of patients, improve outcomes, and lower the total cost of care. These efforts have led to a significant improvement in diabetic control and an improvement in maternal and neonatal outcomes.

2016 Winner

Ron Abrons, MD, Anesthesia

2015 Winner

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning Clinic (LGBTQ)

Katie Imborek, MD; Nicole Nisly, MD; Michelle Miller, PharmD

2014 Winner

Rebecca Benson, MD, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

2013 Winner

Mohammed Milhem, MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine

As deputy director for clinical cancer services at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa, Dr. Mohammed Milhem is one of the most innovative and successful clinicians in the department. In the past year, he has created new, and revitalized existing, multidisciplinary oncology groups, or MOGs. Under his direction, three types of MOGs (tumor boards, research groups, teaching conferences) have flourished, strengthening the interdisciplinary management of patients and research activities including clinical trials. His organizational and leadership skills are considerable and not only raise the bar in oncology services but also inspire other clinical disciplines.  

2012 Winner

Scott Wilson, DO

Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine

As director of the Hospitalist Program, which is comprised of more than 30 physicians, Dr. Scott Wilson has been at the forefront of efforts to better manage and coordinate the care for hospitalized patients, particularly the acutely ill.

Scott Wilson

2011 Winner

Patrick Brophy, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Patrick Brophy's leadership and creativity have led to a resurgence of pediatric nephrology at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and his efforts have resulted in the development of a re-energized pediatric inpatient program, as well as the pediatric renal transplantation program. Dr. Brophy and his team dedicate themselves every day to meeting the needs of pediatric patients with acute and chronic renal failure.

Patrick Brophy