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Release: June 26, 2000

UI Health Care specialist to lead online chat on management and treatment of cleft lip, palate

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- John W. Canady, M.D., professor of plastic surgery, otolaryngology and orthopedic surgery with University of Iowa Health Care, will lead an hour-long, online question-and-answer discussion on management and surgical treatment of the cleft lip and palate with a nationwide audience from 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 28.

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

A child born with a separation in the upper lip is said to have a cleft lip. A similar birth defect in the roof of the mouth, or palate, is called a cleft palate. Medical professionals have made great advances in treating children with clefts. Canady's discussion will focus on these advances and questions regarding the proper management of children suffering from this condition.

After receiving his medical degree from the UI College of Medicine, Canady completed his residencies in otolaryngology at the UI Hospitals and Clinics and in plastic surgery at University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City. He joined UI Health Care in 1990.

Canady is board certified both in otolaryngology and in plastic surgery. He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery and the American Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Association. He sits on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Plastic Surgery, the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, and Plastic Surgery's Associated Management Services. Canady's clinical expertise is in craniofacial surgery, reconstructive surgery and cosmetic 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 and services they provide.