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Release: Dec. 5, 2000
UI Health Care specialist to lead online chat on brain
tumors Dec. 7
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,
The online chat will be hosted by AmericasDoctor.com and
can be accessed by entering through the www.AmericasDoctor.com home page under
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, UI assistant professor of surgery, 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
A calendar of other upcoming chats by UI Health Care
professionals and dialogue from past chats can be accessed by logging on to
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
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.