Denise Jamieson, MD, MPH, began as the University of Iowa vice president for medical affairs and dean of the UI Carver College of Medicine on Aug. 1, 2023. As vice president for medical affairs, she is responsible for integrated planning and operations for UI Health Care, which comprises UI Hospitals & Clinics; the UI Carver College of Medicine; and UI Physicians, the health system’s multispecialty physician group practice.
As dean of the UI Carver College of Medicine, Jamieson leads Iowa’s only comprehensive allopathic medical school, which inspires, educates, and trains future health care providers, scientists, educators, and policymakers for Iowa and the global community.
Jamieson came to Iowa from the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, where she served as chair of the school’s Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics and chief of gynecology and obstetrics for Emory Healthcare.
Jamieson’s scientific work focuses on emerging infectious diseases in pregnancy, including in the areas of influenza, Ebola, Zika, COVID, and maternal immunization. In addition, her work incorporates a population health perspective, with projects addressing health disparities and social determinants of health in the context of maternal morbidity and other adverse pregnancy outcomes.
From 1997 to 2017, Jamieson worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she served in leadership positions such as leading CDC’s Zika emergency response as incident manager. Upon retirement from the U.S. Public Health Service as a captain in July 2017, she received the Distinguished Service Medal, the highest award granted to an officer in the Commissioned Corps, for “notable contributions to reproductive health and public health practice.”
Jamieson serves on several American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) committees, including the Immunization, Infectious Disease, and Public Health Preparedness Work Group and the COVID Expert Work Group. She has been an oral board examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) since 2007, and she served on the ABOG board of directors from 2020 to 2023. In 2020, she was elected a member of the National Academy of Medicine.
Jamieson received a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Duke University School of Medicine, and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed postgraduate education in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California at San Francisco and as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer in the Division of Reproductive Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.