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Release: March 27, 2000

UI Health Care specialist to lead online chat on liposuction

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Albert E. Cram, M.D., University of Iowa professor of surgery, otolaryngology and orthopaedic surgery, and a plastic surgeon with University of Iowa Health Care, will lead an hour-long, online question-and-answer discussion on liposuction with a nationwide audience from 6 to 7 p.m. (CST) Tuesday, March 28.

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

Introduced in the United States in the early 1980s, liposuction is a technique developed to remove stubborn fat deposits that don't respond to dieting and exercise. Liposuction techniques and procedures have been developed for many parts of the human anatomy, including the chin, neck, cheeks, upper arms, breasts, abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, knees, calves and ankles. Liposuction is not used to treat obesity, reduce breast size or remove either fatty tumors or cellulite.

After receiving his medical degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in Lincoln, Neb., Cram completed his residency in surgery at the UI Hospitals and Clinics and a fellowship in plastic surgery at the University of Chicago Hospitals. He joined the UI faculty in 1974.

Cram is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the Liposuction Society and is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons. He is past president of the Midwest Association of Plastic Surgeons and the Iowa Society of Plastic Surgeons. His clinical expertise is in plastic surgery including both reconstructive 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.