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UI researcher elected president of the American Society of Echocardiography

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A University of Iowa College of Medicine professor has been named president of the American Society of Echocardiography.

Dr. Richard Kerber, UI professor of internal medicine, specializes in echocardiography, a technique that uses ultrasound to create images of the heart in order to diagnose abnormalities. This technique can be used to detect heart problems in adults, children and in the fetus.

Dr. Kerber has taught at the UI since 1971, when he established the echocardiography laboratory at the UI Hospitals and Clinics. Currently, Kerber is researching the use of echocardiography in intensive care settings. "We hope the establishment of this technique in critically ill patients will reduce the need for more invasive procedures such as catheterization," Kerber says. "Echocardiography is very safe and does not require invasion of the body."

Kerber was a founding member of the American Society of Echocardiography at its inception in 1976. He has served as treasurer and secretary and is currently vice president. The 5,600-member organization is composed of physicians and sonographers. Kerber will begin his two-year term in June.