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Loyola's Pediatric Surgery Division Gains Skilled Surgeon and Researcher

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Skilled surgeon and researcher Heather Paddock, MD, has joined Loyola University Health System’s pediatric surgery division and is an instructor in the departments of pediatrics and surgery at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Paddock is specially trained in providing surgical care to pediatric patients. Her other medical interests include congenital abnormalities, gastroesophageal reflux, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, pediatric trauma and burns, and minimally invasive surgery.

In addition to her surgical skills, Paddock brings her experience in research and passion for education to benefit her patients at Loyola. She has been widely published with articles and abstracts in professional journals as well as authoring book chapters.

“Pediatric surgeons deal with a wide range of patients. I really enjoy working with families. Due to their child’s illness, many of these families are in crisis. I want to come alongside them to help them through these difficult times,” Paddock said.

Paddock earned her medical degree from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. Her residency in general surgery and research fellowship were completed at University of Florida Health Sciences Center in Jacksonville. She then completed surgical critical care and pediatric surgery research fellowships at Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, followed by a pediatric surgery fellowship at University of Florida in Gainesville.

“Loyola is a great institution that provides support so I can offer my best to my patients. The excellent staff, physicians and nurses throughout the hospital allows me to provide thorough care,” Paddock said.

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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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