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Release: April 12, 2000
Two UI Health Care specialists to lead online chats April 13
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Kirk L. Fridrich, D.D.S., and H. Culver Boldt, M.D., both
with University of Iowa Health Care, will each lead separate hour-long, online
question-and-answer discussions in the areas of their specialization with
a nationwide audience on Thursday, April 13.
The online chats will be hosted by AmericasDoctor.com and can be accessed
by entering through the www.AmericasDoctor.com home page under "Upcoming
Fridrich, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, will discuss surgical treatment
to correct faulty jaw position from 10 to 11 a.m. (CST). Sometimes the upper
and lower jaws grow at different rates, or one or both jaws may grow too much
or too little, resulting in improper teeth alignment and problems with speaking,
chewing and even breathing. An improper bite may also threaten the long-term
health of the gums and teeth and can adversely affect the jaw joint. Corrective
jaw surgery can move all or part of the upper and/or lower jaw into a more
Boldt, an ophthalmologist, will discuss sports and eye injury prevention
from 4 to 5 p.m. (CST) The most effective treatment for sports eye injuries
is prevention. It is estimated that of the 1.6 million to 2.4 million Americans
who sustain eye injuries each year, 40,000 are legally blinded in the injured
eye. The incidence of eye injuries from sports can range from 10 to 40 percent.
Fridrich is professor and head of Hospital Dentistry at the UI Hospitals
and Clinics. After receiving his dentistry degree at the University of Nebraska
Dental School in Lincoln, he completed a residency in oral and maxillofacial
surgery at the UI Hospitals and Clinics. He joined the UI faculty in 1992.
Fridrich is a member of numerous professional organizations and has currently
finished his sixth year as an examiner for the American Board of Oral and
Maxillofacial Surgery. His areas of clinical interest include orthognathic
surgery and dental implant surgery.
Boldt is an associate professor in the UI department of ophthalmology and
visual sciences. After receiving his medical degree from Northwestern University
in Chicago, he completed a residency in ophthalmology at the UI Hospitals
and Clinics. He completed fellowships in medical retina at Wilmer Ophthalmology
Institute in Baltimore, and in surgical retina at Medical College of Wisconsin
Affiliated Hospitals in Milwaukee. He joined the UI faculty in 1992.
Boldt is director of the Eye Injury Registry of Iowa and serves as treasurer
for the United States Eye Injury Registry. His clinical expertise is in age-related
macular degeneration, ocular trauma, diabetic retinopathy, ocular tumors,
and ocular ultrasound.
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 Cares 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.