CONTACT: ZLATKO ANGUELOV
8788 John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Aug. 14, 2000
UI Health Care specialist to lead online chat on use of distraction osteogenesis
in oral surgery
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Richard G. Burton, D.D.S., M.S., an oral and maxillofacial
surgeon and assistant professor of Hospital Dentistry, will lead an hour-long,
online question-and-answer discussion on use of distraction osteogenesis in
oral surgery with a nationwide audience Tuesday, Aug. 15 from 2 to 3 p.m.
The online chat will be hosted by AmericasDoctor.com and can be accessed
by entering through the www.AmericasDoctor.com home page under "Upcoming
Distraction osteogenesis is a surgical procedure for reconstructing skeletal
deformities. It involves gradual, controlled displacement of surgically created
fractures, which results in simultaneous expansion of soft tissue and bone.
Burton will be discussing the benefits of using distraction osteogenesis in
reconstructive oral surgery and will answer questions from the audience.
After receiving his dental degree from Ohio State University in Columbus,
Ohio, Burton completed his residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at
the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He joined UI Health Care in
1997 after completing a career in the U. S. Navy, where he was head of an
oral surgery program at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
and served as a specialty advisor to the Surgeon General.
Burton is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
and sits on numerous national organizations' boards. These include the FDA
Dental Products Panel and the Committee on Continuing Education for the American
Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, where he also serves as a delegate.
Burton's clinical expertise is in outpatient anesthesia, cleft palate management,
dental implants, head and neck pain management, and distraction osteogenesis
in both the mandible and maxilla.
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.