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Release: May 30, 2000
UI Health Care specialists to lead online chats May 31
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Robert G. Robinson, M.D., a practicing psychiatrist with
University of Iowa Health Care, will lead an hour-long, online question-and-answer
discussion on strokes and depression with a nationwide audience Wednesday,
May 31. On the same day, UI professors Paul Pomrehn, M.D., and Christopher
A. Squier, Ph.D., will co-lead an online discussion on tobacco and global
The online chats will be hosted by AmericasDoctor.com
and can be accessed by entering through the www.AmericasDoctor.com
home page under "Upcoming Events."
Robinson, professor and head of the UI department of psychiatry, will discuss
strokes and depression from 1 to 2 p.m.
Squier, professor and associate dean for research and graduate studies in
the UI College of Dentistry, and Pomrehn, professor and interim head of community
and behavioral health in the UI College of Public Health, will lead their
discussion on tobacco and global health from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
After receiving his medical degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.,
Robinson completed residencies in psychiatry at Cornell Cooperating Hospitals
in New York City and at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Robinson also
completed fellowships in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital and in neuropharmacology
at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Boston.
After receiving his master's degree in natural sciences from the University
of Cambridge, Squier completed a Ph.D. in oral pathology at the London Hospital
Medical College. He also received a doctor of science degree from the University
of London and a fellowship from the Royal College of Pathologists in London.
He joined UI College of Dentistry faculty in 1975.
He has written numerous journal articles and book chapters on the topic of
smokeless tobacco as it affects the mouth.
After receiving his medical degree from the UI, Pomrehn completed a master's
degree in preventive medicine and environmental health, also at the UI. He
went on to complete a rotating internship at Maricopa County Hospital in Phoenix,
and two years in the Indian Health Service in Crownpoint, N.M., before returning
to the UI to complete training as a preventive medicine specialist. He joined
the UI faculty in 1980.
Pomrehn served as chair of the tobacco committee and currently serves as
chair of the smoking cessation committee of the American Lung Association
of Iowa board of directors. He has written many papers and several chapters
on smoking and tobacco use. He actively works with adults and individuals
who are interested in quitting smoking.
A calendar of other upcoming chats by UI Health Care professionals and dialogue
from past chats can be accessed by logging on to www.uihealthcare.com
and clicking on the AmericasDoctor.com
logo at the bottom of the page.
UI Health Care's partnership with AmericasDoctor.com 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.