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Release: March 9, 2000
UI Health Care specialist to lead online chat on arthritis
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Richard D. Sontheimer, M.D., professor
and head of the University of Iowa department of dermatology, will lead an
hour-long, online question-and-answer discussion on skin problems in patients
with arthritis-related diseases with a nationwide audience from 9:30
to 10:30 a.m. (CST) on Friday, March 10.
The online chat will be hosted by AmericasDoctor.com
and can be accessed by entering through the www.AmericasDoctor.com home
page under "Upcoming Events."
Arthritis can occur in males and females of all ages.
Almost 40 million people (about one out of every seven people) in America
have arthritis of some kind. Skin problems are common in a number of arthritis-related
diseases such as lupus erythematosis, which involves skin, joints, muscles
and sometimes internal organs, and scleroderma, a systemic disease that involves
the skin but may include problems with blood vessels, joints and internal
After receiving his medical degree from the University
of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UT Southwestern) in Dallas, Sontheimer
completed his residency training in internal medicine at University of Utah
Affiliated Hospitals in Salt Lake City and then returned to UT Southwestern
for his residency training in dermatology. He also completed a research fellowship
in immunodermatology at UT Southwestern. Sontheimer joined the staff of UI
Health Care in the summer of 1998, where he currently heads the Rheumatic
Skin Disease Clinic.
Sontheimer has been listed in "Best Doctors in America"
(Naifeh & Smith) since its inception in 1992 and was the founding president
of the Medical Dermatology Society. His clinical expertise is in skin problems
experienced by patients with rheumatic diseases such as lupus erythematosis,
dermatomyositis and scleroderma. He is currently a member of the Medical Advisory
Council of the Lupus Foundation of America.
A calendar of other upcoming chats by UI Health Care
professionals and dialogue from past chats can be accessed by logging on to
www.uihealthcare.com and clicking on the AmericasDoctor.com logo at the bottom
of the page.
UI Health Care's partnership with AmericasDoctor.com
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
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.