CONTACT: ZLATKO ANGUELOV
8798 John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Nov. 2, 2000
UI Health Care specialist to lead online chat on spinal cord tumors
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Timothy Ryken, M.D., a neurosurgeon with University of
Iowa Health Care, will lead an hour-long, online question-and-answer discussion
on spinal cord tumors with a nationwide audience from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday,
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."
About 10,000 Americans develop spinal cord tumors each year. Spinal cord
tumors are abnormal growths of tissue found inside the bony spinal column.
Although spinal cord tumors affect people of all ages, they are most common
in young and middle-aged adults. In most parts of the body, benign tumors
are not particularly harmful. This is not necessarily true in the spinal cord,
where any abnormal growth can place pressure on sensitive tissues and impair
function. Also, any tumor located near sensitive spinal cord nerves can seriously
threaten health. Ryken will answer questions related to spinal cord tumor
diagnosis and treatment.
Ryken, a staff neurosurgeon and assistant professor with UI Health Care,
received his medical degree from the UI College of Medicine. He completed
his residency at the UI Hospitals and Clinics and a fellowship at the University
of Cambridge, United Kingdom. He joined the staff of UI Health Care in 1998.
Ryken is a member of the Cambridge Society, the American Association of
Cancer Research and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. His
clinical interests are neurosurgery, glioblastomas, and brain tumors.
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 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.