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Release: June 14, 2000

UI Health Care specialists to lead online chats on skin cancer, skin problems in children

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Duane Whitaker, M.D., and Mary Stone, M.D., both dermatologists with University of Iowa Health Care, will each lead separate hour-long, online question-and-answer discussions in the areas of their specialization with a nationwide audience on Friday, June 16.

Whitaker, a professor of dermatology and director of the UI Dermatologic Surgery and Cutaneous Laser Surgery Clinics, will discuss various aspects of skin cancer prevention and treatments from 3 to 4 p.m. Stone, an associate professor in dermatology specializing in dermatopathology, will discuss skin problems in children from 11 a.m. to noon.

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

Whitaker received his medical degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson and completed his residency and a fellowship in dermatology at the UI Hospitals and Clinics. He joined UI Health Care in 1983. Whitaker is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology and past president of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the Association of Academic Dermatologic Surgeons, and the Iowa Dermatological Society. He specializes in skin tumors, birthmarks, reconstructive and laser skin surgery.

Stone received her medical degree and completed her residency in dermatology from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She also completed a fellowship in dermatopathology at the UI Hospitals and Clinics. Stone joined UI Health Care in 1986. She is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, Society for Pediatric Dermatology, and the American Society of Dermatopathology. Her clinical expertise is in dermatopathology and general dermatology.

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 and services they provide.