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Release: August 2, 2000
UI Health Care specialist to lead online chat on brain tumors
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Timothy Ryken, M.D., a neurosurgeon with University of
Iowa Health Care, will lead an hour-long, online question-and-answer discussion
on brain tumors with a nationwide audience from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug.
The online chat will be hosted by AmericasDoctor.com and can be accessed
by entering through the www.AmericasDoctor.com
home page under "Upcoming Events."
Brain tumors are benign or malignant lumps that grow in the brain. A tumor
is an abnormal growth caused by cells reproducing themselves in an uncontrolled
manner. Benign brain tumors have distinct boundaries and surgery alone may
cure this type of tumor. A malignant brain tumor is life-threatening. It may
be malignant because it consists of cancer cells, or it may be composed of
benign cells but still called malignant because of its brain location. Ryken
will answer questions on the health issues associated with brain tumors.
Ryken, a staff neurosurgeon and assistant professor with UI Health Care,
received his medical degree from the UI College of Medicine. He completed
his residency at the UI Hospitals and Clinics and a fellowship at the University
of Cambridge, United Kingdom. He joined the staff of UI Health Care in 1998.
Ryken is a member of the Cambridge Society, the American Association of
Cancer Research and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. His
clinical interests are neurosurgery, glioblastomas, and brain tumors.
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.
University of Iowa 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
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.