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Release: March 13, 2000
UI Health Care specialist to lead online chat on breast
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Al S. Aly, M.D., University of
Iowa assistant professor (clinical) of surgery and otolaryngology and a plastic
surgeon with UI Health Care, will lead an hour-long, online question-and-answer
discussion on breast augmentation with a nationwide audience from 6
to 7 p.m. (CST) on Tuesday, March 14.
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."
Each year, more than a million Americans undergo plastic
surgery to improve their appearance. Breast augmentation, technically known
as augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure to enhance the size and
shape of a woman's breast. It is performed for a number of reasons: to enhance
the body contour of a woman who, for personal reasons, feels her breast size
is too small; to correct a reduction in breast volume after pregnancy; to
balance a difference in breast size; or to reconstruct breasts following breast
After receiving his medical degree from Georgetown
University in Washington, D.C., Aly completed residencies in otolaryngology
at Vanderbilt University 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 staff of UI Health Care
Aly is board-certified in plastic surgery and otolaryngology
and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery. He is editor-in-chief
of the first and only plastic surgery textbook on the Internet. His clinical
expertise is in plastic surgery, reconstructive surgery, total body contouring,
breast reconstruction and cosmetic surgery of the face, nose, breast and body.
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
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.