CONTACT: TIM FESS
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HEALTH CARE
8788 John Pappjohn Pavilion
Release: May 3, 2000
UI Health Care specialist to lead online chat on spinal
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Timothy Ryken, M.D., University
of Iowa assistant professor of surgery and a neurosurgeon with University
of Iowa Health Care, will lead an hour-long, online question-and-answer discussion
on spinal cord 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 "Upcoming Events."
Approximately 10,000 Americans develop spinal cord
tumors each year. Although spinal cord tumors affect people of all ages, they
are most common in young and middle-aged adults. Spinal cord tumors are abnormal
growths of tissue found inside the bony spinal column. In most parts of the
body, benign tumors are not particularly harmful. This is not necessarily
true in the spinal cord, which is one of the primary components of the central
nervous system. Any abnormal growth can place pressure on sensitive tissues
and impair function. Also, any tumor located near sensitive spinal cord nerves
can seriously threaten health.
Ryken received his medical degree at 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
UI faculty 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
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.