Meet IMS At-Large Director Damon Dyche, MD
Date of Publication June 15, 2018
In April the IMS membership elected new leaders to the IMS Board of Directors. Damon Dyche, MD, Urology, Ames, was elected as an at-large director member of the board. Recently staff asked Dr. Dyche to answer a few questions about himself and why he wanted to serve on the IMS Board of Directors.
What drew you to want to serve on the IMS Board of Directors?
My goal in joining the Board of Directors was to help fight for patient and physician rights. I want to help make Iowa a safer place to live and a better place to practice medicine. As physicians, we are an easy target for arbitrary insurance regulation, medical liability and reimbursement cuts. We can either keep our heads down and keep working or we can fight back-- keeping our profession viable for future generations and preserving our ability to care for our patients.
Why did you study/train/practice in Iowa?
I grew up in West Des Moines and attended the University of Iowa for undergraduate and medical school. I have always thought of Iowa as home. I have family in the Des Moines area. After completing residency in Detroit, Michigan my wife and I knew that we wanted to move back closer to family. In Detroit, you don’t get any “wave-hello’s” from strangers. Iowa is a great place to raise children with safe neighborhoods, excellent schools and
genuinely nice people.
What are your hobbies and interests outside of medicine?
I have always enjoyed keeping reef aquariums My interested started with visiting my grandparents on the Oregon coast as a child and I have had saltwater fish tanks for over 20 years now. For exercise, I try to run 6 miles a day. This is in no way enjoyable but I see it as a healthy habit! My free time is otherwise spent with my 3 children and I live vicariously through their sports and other activities — baseball currently.