Debra A. Schwinn and Robert H. Gerstmyer Medical Student Scholarship
Debra A. Schwinn, M.D., currently serves as the dean of the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and is a successful clinician, educator and researcher. Dr. Robert H. Gerstmyer, Dr. Schwinn’s husband, is an applications developer for Health Care Information Systems and joined the UI faculty in 2013 as a lecturer within the UI Department of Religious Studies.
Dr. Schwinn received her medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine, completed a residency in anesthesiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and a clinical fellowship in cardiac anesthesiology at Duke University Medical Center. She completed a research fellowship in the Departments of Biochemistry and Medicine at Duke, as well as the national Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program. Dr. Gerstmyer earned his Ph.D. degree from Duke University in 1995 and has also produced numerous publications and earned notable awards.
Dr. Schwinn was on the Duke faculty for 18 years before joining the University of Washington in 2007 where she served as a professor and chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, the Allan J. Treuer Endowed Professor of Anesthesiology, and adjunct professor of pharmacology and genome sciences. She began her appointment as dean on Oct. 31, 2012. Dr. Schwinn is a nationally known investigator in molecular pharmacology, an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science, and numerous other national and international organizations. Schwinn holds four U.S. patents and one Australian patent. She is the author or co-author on more than 180 journal articles and book chapters; the editor of two books and served as a reviewer on many journal, and she has received several honorary awards, including numerous teaching awards.
In her spare time, Debra plays violin in the UI Health Care Faculty-Staff Orchestra and enjoys reading 19th century Russian novels. Debra and Robert have two grown children.
The Debra A. Schwinn and Robert H. Gerstmyer Medical Student Scholarship Fund was established in 2013 to provide support to first-year medical students.
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