Melvin L. Marcus Medical Student Scholarship for Excellence
Named for Dr. Melvin L. Marcus, a distinguished cardiologist, professor, and internationally recognized scientist at The University of Iowa from 1973 to his untimely death at age 49 in 1989, the Melvin L. Marcus Medical Student Scholarship for Excellence will provide one or more annual awards to outstanding junior or senior UI medical students enrolled in the college’s
Research Distinction Track.
Mel Marcus was a giant in the UI Department of Internal Medicine. During his 16 years at Iowa, he helped propel the Cardiovascular Center to a position of prominence. He was an international leader in research on coronary circulation and was sole author of an authoritative book, The Coronary Circulation of Health and Disease. He also played the leading role in establishing the UI’s programs in nuclear cardiac imaging and computerized tomographic screening of the heart. Dr. Marcus developed and directed the UI Specialized Center for Research in Ischemic Heart Disease. He directed several National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research projects; served on the editorial boards of nine journals; was a grant reviewer and consultant for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; and wrote or co-wrote more than 200 research papers, 54 book chapters, 367 scientific abstracts, and 48 reviews.
One of the greatest testaments to Dr. Marcus’s legacy came in 1989 when the American Heart Association (AHA) renamed its Young Investigator Award of the Council on Circulation the Melvin L. Marcus Young Investigator Award. This prestigious AHA award is made annually to a physician-scientist who is relatively early in his or her career and whose research work shows significant promise.
Congratulations on receiving the Melvin L. Marcus Medical Student Scholarship for Excellence