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Release: Aug. 7, 2000

UI Health Care specialist to lead online chat on breast reconstruction

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Phyllis Chang, M.D., an associate professor of surgery and a plastic and reconstructive surgeon with University of Iowa Health Care, will lead an hour-long, online question-and-answer discussion on breast reconstruction with a nationwide audience from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8.

The online chat will be hosted by and can be accessed by entering through the home page under "Upcoming Events."

The ultimate goal of breast reconstructive surgery is the creation of a suitable breast mound after the breast has been removed or disfigured. Patients who have undergone surgery for breast cancer are the best candidates for breast reconstruction. Since the general patient population is becoming increasingly aware of the various options in breast reconstructive methods, patient preferences play an important role in the selection of procedure. Chang will discuss issues related to breast reconstruction and answer questions from the audience.

After receiving her medical degree from Albany Medical College of Union University in Albany, N.Y., Chang completed residencies in surgery at Albany Medical Center in Albany, N.Y. and in plastic surgery at the University of Chicago Hospitals in Chicago. She also completed fellowships in trauma at Albany Medical Center in Albany, N.Y. and in hand surgery (plastic surgery) at New York University Hospital in New York City, N.Y. She joined University of Iowa Health Care in 1997.

Chang is a board-certified plastic surgeon. She is an associate in the American College of Surgeons, a fellow in the American Burn Association and a member of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons.

A calendar of other upcoming chats by UI Health Care professionals and dialogue from past chats can be accessed by logging on to and clicking on the logo at the bottom of the page.

UI Health Care's partnership with 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.


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