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Release: Feb. 7, 2000
UI cardiologist receives American Heart Association award
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The American Heart Association has recognized Richard
E. Kerber, M.D., University of Iowa professor of internal medicine, as a Year
2000 Honoree of Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC).
Kerber, who is serving his second term as chair of the American Heart Association's
ECC Committee, was one of nine individuals and one foundation honored at the
association's International Guidelines 2000 Conference being held this week.
The ECC award is based on major contributions to the field of cardiopulmonary
resuscitation (CPR) and the ECC field in general; authorship of books, articles
and educational and teaching materials in ECC; and development of related
innovative technological and scientific breakthroughs.
A UI faculty member since 1971, Kerber is associate director of the Division
of Cardiovascular Diseases in the UI department of internal medicine. He is
known internationally for his work on echocardiography (cardiac ultrasound)
and defibrillation, which is the use of electric therapy to treat cardiac
arrest. He has published more than 200 scientific articles. Kerber is the
immediate past president of the American Society of Echocardiography and the
immediate past chair of the American Heart Association's Council on Cardiopulmonary
and Critical Care.
The Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee, which Kerber chairs, develops
CPR guidelines. His research has focused on new electrical waveforms for defibrillation
and the use of small, portable automatic defibrillators for "public access"
Kerber received his award on Feb. 6 at the American Heart Association's
Guidelines 2000 Conference in Dallas.
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