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Release: Aug. 7, 2000

UI Health Care specialist to lead online chat on laser surgery for skin problems, tattoo removal

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Christopher J. Arpey, M.D., a dermatologic surgeon and assistant professor in dermatology with University of Iowa Health Care, will lead an hour-long, online question-and-answer discussion on laser surgery for skin problems and tattoo removal with a nationwide audience from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7.

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

Laser surgery is largely used for treatment of some skin lesions as well as to remove tattoos that are no longer wanted by their carrier. The public, however, lacks sufficient knowledge as to what these lesions are and whether there are some adverse effects associated with laser surgery. Arpey will discuss these and other issues related to the use of laser surgery in dermatology and will answer questions from the audience.

After receiving his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, N.Y., Arpey completed residencies in internal medicine at the UI Hospitals and Clinics and in dermatology at University Hospitals of Cleveland in Cleveland, Ohio. He also completed a fellowship in dermatologic surgery and oncology at the UI Hospitals and Clinics. He joined UI Health Care in 1995.

Arpey is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Medical Association, the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology. His clinical interests are in Mohs micrographic surgery, laser surgery and general dermatologic surgery.

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.


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 an services they provide.