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Loyola hosts visiting orthopaedic surgeons from Southeast Asia

MAYWOOD, Ill. (June 17, 2014) – On June 12th, Loyola University Medical Center hosted four of Southeast Asia’s top orthopaedic surgeons.

They are Hein Latt Win, MD, of Myanmar, who specializes in hip replacements; Istan Irsan, MD, of Indonesia (orthopaedic tumors); Azura Mansor, MD, of Malaysia (orthopaedic tumors); and Chia-Liang Ang, MD, of Singapore (orthopaedic tumors and hip/knee replacements).

The physicians are participating in a traveling fellowship program sponsored by the American Orthopaedic Association and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

“We feel privileged to host some of the best and brightest orthopaedic surgeons from Southeast Asia,” said Terry Light, MD, chair of Loyola’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation. “They each have huge responsibilities for very large patient populations. It was an eye-opening experience for our residents to see the challenges these surgeons face and the great work that they do."

There are about 20,000 orthopaedic surgeons in the United States serving about 320 million people. By comparison, there are only 600 orthopaedic surgeons in Indonesia serving 250 million people.

“It puts American practice in perspective,” Light said.

The visiting surgeons gave Grand Rounds talks, attended the Chairman’s Hour and toured Loyola’s campus. They also found time to take a Frank Lloyd Wright architectural tour in Oak Park.

“We learned a lot of things here that we will bring back home,” Ang said.
In addition to Loyola, the surgeons are visiting the University of Iowa, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin, Northwestern University and University of Nebraska.

They also will attend the 2014 combined meeting of the American Orthopaedic Association and Canadian Orthopaedic Association in Montreal.

“The entire trip has been a great experience,” Mansor said.

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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