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Release: June 12, 2000

UI Health Care specialist to lead online chat on rhinoplasty

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Al S. Aly, M.D., University of Iowa professor of surgery, and otolaryngology, and a plastic surgeon with UI Health Care, will lead an hour-long, online question-and-answer discussion on rhinoplasty with a nationwide audience from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 13.

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."

Rhinoplasty, or surgery to reshape the nose, is a common plastic surgery procedure, aimed to reduce or increase the size of the nose, correct a birth defect or injury, or help relieve some breathing problems. During his online hour, Aly will provide a basic understanding of the procedure -- when it can help, how it is performed and what results you can expect -- and will answer questions from the audience.

After receiving his medical degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Aly completed residencies in otolaryngology at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee and plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Miami. He completed a fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of California, Irvine. He joined the UI faculty in 1997.

Aly is board-certified in plastic surgery and otolaryngology and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery. He is the editor-in-chief of the first and only plastic surgery textbook on the Internet. His clinical expertise is in plastic surgery, reconstructive surgery and cosmetic surgery of the face, nose, breast, and body, as well as total body contouring, and breast reconstruction.

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 and services they provide.