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Loyola Gastroenterologist is Co-Editor of Text on Chicago Leadership in Care of Esophageal Disorders

MAYWOOD, Ill. - Marco Fisichella, MD, of Loyola University Medical Center, is co-editor of a new book that provides insight into a regional style of care conducted by Chicago-area academic medical institutions to treat benign esophageal disorders.

“Surgical Management of Benign Esophageal Disorders – The Chicago Approach” is truly an homage to Chicago excellence in esophageal care.

“Each chapter is written by a Chicago-based, nationally respected esophageal expert and reviewed by internationally renowned pioneers of esophageal surgery and gatroenterology,” said Fisichella, medical director of Loyola’s Swallowing Center. “This is the only text that focuses on the management of benign esophageal disorders through a collaboration of world-class esophageal surgeons and gastroenterologists."

In addition to Fisichella, co-editors are N.J. Soper, MD, chair of surgery, Northwestern University; C.A. Pelligrini, MD, chair of surgery at University of Washington, Seattle, and the 2013 president of the American College of Surgeons; and M.G. Patti, MD, gastrointestinal surgeon, University of Chicago.

The Chicago approach is explained through emerging procedures in laparoscopy, thoracoscopy and endoscopy.  Approximately 17,990 new cases of esophageal cancer were detected in 2013, according to the American Cancer Society. More than 15 million Americans suffer from esophageal disorders including GERD, gastrointestinal esophageal reflux disease.

The text provides physicians, medical students, residents and fellows very specific management strategies and directives for benign esophageal disorders, including patient preparation, teaching points during operative techniques and strategies for avoiding and managing complications.

“One of the best parts of the textbook, of which I am particularly proud, is the dedication: this book is dedicated to our medical students, residents and fellows who give meaning to our work because it reflects the core mission values of Loyola University Chicago and the Stritch School of Medicine,” said Fisichella, who also is director of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine's Advanced Procedure Education Classroom (APEC). “The text exemplifies not only Loyola’s commitment to excellence but also dedication to teaching.”

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 is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that 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 255-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.

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