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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 12, 2003

Director Of UI Emergency Medicine Program Named

Eric Dickson, M.D., has been appointed director of the Program in Emergency Medicine in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and director of the Emergency Treatment Center at UI Hospitals and Clinics. Dickson currently is director of emergency medicine research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Mass. He will join the UI faculty as an associate professor of emergency medicine and his appointment as program director is effective Oct. 1.

"I am very excited to be coming to Iowa," Dickson said. "I look forward to working with my new colleagues to build a world-class emergency medicine program.

"The priorities of the program will be to continue to provide the best possible emergency care while training future emergency physicians for the state of Iowa," he added.

"The University of Iowa is committed to developing a first-rate academic emergency medicine program, which will benefit the state by improving emergency care for Iowans and training the next generation of emergency physicians," said Donna Katen-Bahensky, director and CEO of UI Hospitals and Clinics. "Dr. Dickson is an excellent choice to lead the program in emergency medicine and will be an excellent fit for UI Hospitals and Clinics."

At the July meeting of the State Board of Regents, the UI requested approval for expansion and renovation of the Emergency Treatment Center at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Dickson outlined two new clinical initiatives for the program that will enhance specific areas of emergency care at UI Hospitals and Clinics. A chest pain center will allow physicians to monitor patients at risk of a heart attack, and a pediatrics center staffed with a physician specializing in pediatric emergency care will provide emergency care for children.

In addition to these clinical initiatives, the program also will focus on developing an emergency medicine research program. As Iowa's only academic emergency medicine program, Dickson wants the UI program to pursue research to improve the care of critically ill and injured patients. Faculty and staff will investigate areas such as heart attack, sudden cardiac death and stroke. These studies will be funded in part by grants from the National Institutes of Health.

"We are delighted that Dr. Dickson will be the director of the Program in Emergency Medicine," said Jean Robillard, M.D., dean of the UI Carver College of Medicine. "Dr. Dickson is an active and accomplished physician scientist. We believe that under his leadership the program will advance the care of trauma patients and enhance the teaching, research and service missions of the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the Carver College of Medicine, particularly as we strive to meet the needs for emergency medicine in rural areas."

Dickson began his medical career as an army combat medic in 1984. He subsequently was educated and worked as a respiratory therapist. Dickson received his bachelor's degree in biology from Merrimack College and his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Dickson also completed his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and has been a physician at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center since 1998. Dickson is an associate professor of emergency medicine, physiology and anesthesiology and director of emergency medicine research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He also provides emergency medical care outside of the hospital, acting as the medical director for several police SWAT teams and fire departments in central Massachusetts.

Dickson has published numerous research articles and has received grants from the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health to support his work. In 2002, Dickson received the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine Young Investigator Award.

Dickson's wife, Catherine Jones, M.D., also will be joining the faculty of the Program in Emergency Medicine.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at http://www.uihealthcare.com.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACT(S): Jennifer Brown, (319) 335-9917, jennifer-l-brown@uiowa.edu