CONTACT: TIM FESS
8788 John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: May 8, 2000
UI Health Care specialist to lead online chat on body contouring
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 body contouring with a
nationwide audience from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 9.
The online chat will be hosted by AmericasDoctor.com and can be accessed
by entering through the www.AmericasDoctor.com home page under "Upcoming
Each year more than a million Americans undergo plastic surgery to improve
their appearance. Body contouring is an attempt to use liposuction to reduce
fatty bulges in most areas of the body. Liposuction is effective in removing
significant amounts of fat with minimal scars. Tummy tucks, arm and thigh
plasties are also part of body contouring and involve the removal of extra
skin along with fat.
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
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.