UHS' chief gynecologist announces retirement

Robert Heinbach has spent his career counseling young women about STIs, birth control and pregnancy. A graduate of Temple University's School of Medicine, his professional interests include pelvic ultrasound and colposcopy. Heinbach brought this expertise with him to UHS' women's health team, along with the Student Health Center's first ultrasound machine, making pelvic screening more convenient for Penn State students.

When Heinbach joined University Health Services (UHS) 20 years ago as chief gynecologist, Magic Johnson had just announced that he was HIV-positive. Public consciousness was growing about HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). At Penn State, "condom crusaders" (student health educators) were spreading the word about safer sex practices.

Lyn Gerace, a licensed practical nurse at UHS, lists Heinbach among the factors leading to UHS’ reputation as one of best student health care centers (UHS is currently ranked fifth in the country according to the 2011 Princeton Review). “I believe that the members of the women’s health team here at UHS play a key role in our success. Heinbach’s ability to establish a level of comfort with our patients has been a great asset to the gynecology team and to UHS as a whole.”

Evan Pattishall, UHS clinical director, agreed. “Dr. Heinbach is a great colleague and has provided invaluable services to Penn State students. He will be greatly missed.”

For Heinbach, the hard working staff made his 20-year tenure at UHS memorable. “I’ve never seen such a strong community like the one I’ve been a part of here at UHS. We all strive towards the ultimate goal of helping and educating students about their health. What I love the most is to see our female students mature and move on into the real world.”

“Bob is an outstanding physician, a wonderful colleague, a patient teacher and one of the most gentle and kind people I know,” added Margaret Spear, UHS director. “I and all of the UHS staff will miss his warm smile, generosity of spirit and his deep commitment and dedication to health and well-being of students.  We wish him warmth and happiness as he heads south for the next phase of his life.” Heinbach will retire to Florida with his wife Wendy.

A search is under way to fill the UHS gynecologist position. University Health Services continues to offer a full range of women’s health services for Penn State students including annual exams, birth control starts and counseling, STI testing, pregnancy testing, ultrasound and colposcopy. To schedule a visit, students can visit myUHS (https://uhsonline.psu.edu) or call 814-863-0774.

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Last Updated April 19, 2017