Drawing upon nearly 40 years of practiced experience in medicine and academia, Roy Pitkin, MD, is a prominent figure in his areas of expertise whose degrees of talent and compassion are unparalleled. A former professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, from 1987 to 1997, he now holds the title of professor emeritus of the university. During his tenure, he also served as head of the department of obstetrics-gynecology from 1987 to 1995. Prior to these roles, he served the University of Iowa as an associate professor and professor of obstetrics-gynecology between 1968 and 1987, having also headed the department of obstetrics-gynecology from 1977 to 1987. He commenced his career as an assistant professor of obstetrics-gynecology at the University of Illinois in 1965, holding the position for three years.
To prepare for his career, Dr. Pitkin pursued formal education at the University of Iowa, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts, with highest distinction, in 1956 and a Doctor of Medicine in 1959. Thereafter, he completed an internship at King County Hospital in Seattle, WA, as well as a residency in obstetrics-gynecology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for three additional years. He is a known diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
As a testament to his success, Dr. Pitkin has garnered multiple accolades and honors throughout his career. The recent recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Iowa in 2002, he also received several Career Awards from the National Institutes of Health between 1972 and 1977. Likewise, the American Medical Association honored him with the Joseph Goldberger Award in Nutrition and the March of Dimes gave him the Agnes Higgins Award in Nutrition.
Married to Marcia Alice Jenkins for more than 60 years, Dr. Pitkin has four children and nine grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys playing tennis, reading, studying history, writing, and fine cuisine.
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