The University of Iowa
The University of Iowa News Services Home News Releases UI in the News Subscribe to UI News Contact Us


2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6660; fax (319) 335-8034

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" defibrillation.

Kerber received his award on Feb. 6 at the American Heart Association's Guidelines 2000 Conference in Dallas.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.