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Release: March 27, 2000
UI Health Care specialist to lead online chat on liposuction
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Albert E. Cram, M.D., University of Iowa professor of
surgery, otolaryngology and orthopaedic surgery, and a plastic surgeon with
University of Iowa Health Care, will lead an hour-long, online question-and-answer
discussion on liposuction with a nationwide audience from 6 to 7 p.m. (CST)
Tuesday, March 28.
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."
Introduced in the United States in the early 1980s, liposuction is a technique
developed to remove stubborn fat deposits that don't respond to dieting and
exercise. Liposuction techniques and procedures have been developed for many
parts of the human anatomy, including the chin, neck, cheeks, upper arms,
breasts, abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, knees, calves and ankles. Liposuction
is not used to treat obesity, reduce breast size or remove either fatty tumors
After receiving his medical degree from the University of Nebraska College
of Medicine in Lincoln, Neb., Cram completed his residency in surgery at the
UI Hospitals and Clinics and a fellowship in plastic surgery at the University
of Chicago Hospitals. He joined the UI faculty in 1974.
Cram is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery, the American
Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the Liposuction Society and is a fellow
in the American College of Surgeons. He is past president of the Midwest Association
of Plastic Surgeons and the Iowa Society of Plastic Surgeons. His clinical
expertise is in plastic surgery including both reconstructive and cosmetic
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.