MAYWOOD, Il. -- Loyola University Health System President and CEO Dr. Paul K. Whelton, one of the world's leading researchers in the causes and prevention of high blood pressure, has been elected an honorary member of the Hungarian Society of Hypertension.
Whelton was honored Dec. 2 during the opening ceremony of the Annual Congress of the Hungarian Society of Hypertension, held at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest. He was among two foreign scientists awarded honorary membership. The society cited Whelton for his lifetime contributions to the science underpinning prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease, and for his global commitment to the field.
"I am honored to receive this award," Whelton said. "The Hungarian Society of Hypertension is among the many excellent organizations that are working to address the worldwide epidemic of hypertension, which is one of the key risk factors for cardiovascular disease."
Following the award ceremony, Whelton gave the keynote address titled "Treatment and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease: A Global Perspective." He later gave a second plenary session talk titled, "Hypertension and Diabetes: an Epidemiologic Perspective."
Whelton has conducted a series of groundbreaking studies on the prevention and treatment of hypertension for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and the National Institute on Aging. He has published more than 400 papers on hypertension, and has been the principal investigator on more than $100 million of studies funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Whelton is a frequent presenter and lecturer at scientific meetings, and has served as a consultant to numerous national and international health agencies and governments.
In addition to being president and CEO of Loyola University Health System, Whelton is vice president, Health Sciences of Loyola University Chicago.
Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus, Loyola University Hospital, is a 569-licensed-bed facility. It houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children’s Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 264-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.