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Release: May 9, 2000

Two UI specialists to lead online chats May 10

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa faculty members Patricia Zebrowski, Ph.D., and Jay Rubinstein, M.D., will each lead separate hour-long, online question-and-answer discussions in their areas of specialization with a nationwide audience Wednesday, May 10.

The online chats will be hosted by and can be accessed by entering through the home page under "Upcoming Events."

Zebrowski, UI associate professor of speech pathology and audiology and a speech–language pathologist at the UI Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center, will discuss stuttering therapy for children from 9 to 10 a.m. Rubinstein, UI assistant professor of otolaryngology and a specialist with UI Health Care, will discuss vertigo from 7 to 8 p.m.

Children who have difficulty speaking and tend to hesitate or repeat certain syllables, words, or phrases may have a speech disfluency or stuttering problem. They may also simply be going through periods of normal disfluency that most children experience as they learn to speak.

Vertigo is a "spinning sensation" type of dizziness that can be divided into two major types: central and peripheral. Central vertigo refers to conditions in the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) which can cause vertigo. These include primarily strokes, tumors or trauma. Peripheral vertigo arises mainly from the ear or, more specifically, from the balance nerves and balance organs in the inner ear. Treatment is varied and often includes combinations of lifestyle changes, medicines, surgery or rehabilitation.

After receiving her bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology from State University of New York in Geneseo, Zebrowski completed her master's and Ph.D. in communicative sciences and disorders at Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y. She joined the staff at the Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center in 1989.

Zebrowski is a member of the American-Speech Language Hearing Association and the International Fluency Association. She is the associate editor for fluency for the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research and a consultant for the Stuttering Foundation of America. Her clinical and research interests center on stuttering.

After receiving his medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Rubinstein completed a Ph.D. in bioengineering at the same institution. He also completed his surgical internship at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Surgical Services in Boston, a residency in otolaryngology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston, and a fellowship in otology/neurotology at the UI Hospitals and Clinics. He joined the UI faculty in 1995.

Rubinstein is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, the American Neurotology Society, the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, and the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society. His clinical expertise is in otology/neurotology, cochlear implants and neurotologic skull base surgery.

A calendar of other upcoming chats by UI Health Care professionals and dialogue from past chats can be accessed by logging on to and clicking on the logo at the bottom of the page.

UI Health Care's partnership with is part of an increasing trend in health care toward enhancing consumer services through the Internet. According to recent statistics compiled by Cyber Dialogue, a New York firm that tracks Internet commerce, there are approximately 22 million World Wide Web users seeking health information over the Internet. Cyber Dialogue projects that number to increase to 33 million over the next year.

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.