Krigsten Family Medical Student Scholarship
The Krigsten Family Medical Student Scholarship is awarded to one or more deserving students each year in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. Eli J. Krigsten, M.D. (1960 B.A., 1964 M.D.), of Phoenix, Arizona, comes from a long tradition of UI-educated physicians, his father and uncle both received their medical educations at Iowa. Eli Krigsten and his wife, Sandy, created the scholarship to honor his family’s Iowa heritage.
Eli’s father, Joe Max Krigsten (1926 M.D.), and his uncle, William “Bob” Krigsten (1928 B.S., 1930 M.D.), were two of four children of Jewish Russian immigrants who settled in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1891.
Joe Krigsten (1902-1999) became a family practitioner, performing tasks from administering anesthesia to obstetrics to general surgery. He was a member of the founding committee of the Iowa Chapter of General Practice, and a proud Fellow of the International College of Surgeons. He served as county coroner in Sioux City and was team physician for the Sioux City Soos baseball club. He and his wife, Molly, had four children, including Eli. Joe Krigsten died in 1999, and Molly died in 1983.
William Krigsten became a colonel in the U.S. Army and served during World War II. He had a long and distinguished career as an orthopedic surgeon, and was a founder of the American Society of Hand Surgeons. He served as an examiner for the Academy of Orthopedic Surgery. William Krigsten died in 2002.
Eli Krigsten followed in his father’s and uncles footsteps in working in sports medicine and orthopedics. In addition to his UI medical education, Eli Krigsten completed a fellowship in orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He has been the team doctor for multiple professional sports teams and was among the first to perform arthroscopic surgery.
As he left Iowa for Phoenix many years ago, his mother told him, “Eli, you owe Iowa.” He has taken those words to heart, and in recognition of all that the University of Iowa has done for his family, he is proud to provide the Krigsten Family Medical Student Scholarship.
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