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August 11, 2014
Melissa Bussey, MD, a specialist in allergy, immunology and rheumatology, joins Loyola
Bussey treats rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases. She said there have been significant advances in her specialty in the last 10 years. “It’s a totally different field,” she said.
For example, new medications have greatly improved the quality of life of patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
“When we see these patients early, we can prevent disability,” Bussey said. “They can live normal lives, without pain and joint deformity."
Bussey grew up in Chicago Heights, Ill. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin and earned her medical degree at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. She completed a residency in internal medicine at Loyola, where she was chief resident.
She also completed a fellowship in rheumatology at Loyola.
Bussey is an assistant professor in the Division of Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology in the Department of Medicine at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.
She lives in River Forest.
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.