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Release: Aug. 7, 2000
UI Health Care specialist to lead online chat on breast reconstruction
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Phyllis Chang, M.D., an associate professor of surgery
and a plastic and reconstructive surgeon with University of Iowa Health Care,
will lead an hour-long, online question-and-answer discussion on breast reconstruction
with a nationwide audience from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8.
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."
The ultimate goal of breast reconstructive surgery is the creation of a
suitable breast mound after the breast has been removed or disfigured. Patients
who have undergone surgery for breast cancer are the best candidates for breast
reconstruction. Since the general patient population is becoming increasingly
aware of the various options in breast reconstructive methods, patient preferences
play an important role in the selection of procedure. Chang will discuss issues
related to breast reconstruction and answer questions from the audience.
After receiving her medical degree from Albany Medical College of Union
University in Albany, N.Y., Chang completed residencies in surgery at Albany
Medical Center in Albany, N.Y. and in plastic surgery at the University of
Chicago Hospitals in Chicago. She also completed fellowships in trauma at
Albany Medical Center in Albany, N.Y. and in hand surgery (plastic surgery)
at New York University Hospital in New York City, N.Y. She joined University
of Iowa Health Care in 1997.
Chang is a board-certified plastic surgeon. She is an associate in the American
College of Surgeons, a fellow in the American Burn Association and a member
of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons.
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 an services they provide.