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Release: Aug. 14, 2000

UI Health Care specialist to lead online chat on use of distraction osteogenesis in oral surgery

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Richard G. Burton, D.D.S., M.S., an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and assistant professor of Hospital Dentistry, will lead an hour-long, online question-and-answer discussion on use of distraction osteogenesis in oral surgery with a nationwide audience Tuesday, Aug. 15 from 2 to 3 p.m.

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

Distraction osteogenesis is a surgical procedure for reconstructing skeletal deformities. It involves gradual, controlled displacement of surgically created fractures, which results in simultaneous expansion of soft tissue and bone. Burton will be discussing the benefits of using distraction osteogenesis in reconstructive oral surgery and will answer questions from the audience.

After receiving his dental degree from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, Burton completed his residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He joined UI Health Care in 1997 after completing a career in the U. S. Navy, where he was head of an oral surgery program at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. and served as a specialty advisor to the Surgeon General.

Burton is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and sits on numerous national organizations' boards. These include the FDA Dental Products Panel and the Committee on Continuing Education for the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, where he also serves as a delegate. Burton's clinical expertise is in outpatient anesthesia, cleft palate management, dental implants, head and neck pain management, and distraction osteogenesis in both the mandible and maxilla.

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.

University of Iowa 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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