Terry Wahls

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Terry Lynn Wahls (born November 9, 1955) is an Assistant Chief of Staff at Iowa City VA Health Care and clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa. She teaches internal medicine residents, sees patients in a traumatic brain injury clinic and conducts clinical trials. She has been diagnosed with a chronic progressive neurological disorder and secondary progressive multiple sclerosis.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Wahls was born in McGregor, Iowa to Lois Koopman and John Charles Wahls and raised in northeastern Iowa near Elkader on a small family farm.[citation needed]

After graduating from Central Community High School in 1972 Wahls attended Drake University. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in fine arts in studio art in 1976, Wahls was accepted into Iowa State University's pre-med program. After completing her science studies, Wahls was accepted into medical school at the University of Iowa in 1978.

Wahls received her M.D. degree from The University of Iowa in 1982 and accepted a residency in obstetrics and gynecology from Barnes Hospital, Washington University in St. Louis. After a year of residency there, Wahls transferred to internal medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in 1983. Wahls became certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1986. In 1987 she moved to Marshfield, Wisconsin and became a physician member at Marshfield Clinic. In addition, Wahls was an adjunct clinical assistant professor with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine.

In 2000 Wahls moved to Iowa City, Iowa to become the Associate Chief of Staff for Ambulatory Care at the Veterans Administration (VA) Iowa City Medical Center and Associate Professor of Medicine in the College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. In that same year, Wahls was diagnosed with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis.[3]


  1. ^ Landau, Meryl Davids (19 December 2012). "An MS-Stricken Doctor Changes Her Diet ... and Reverses Her 'Irreversible' Decline". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Rogers, Adrian (March 12, 2013). "Speaking of MS". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "UI Researchers Develop Innovative Protocol of Treatment for MS Patients". N.p., 14 Nov. 2011. Web. 25 Mar. 2013.