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Pediatric neurologist brings expertise in neurofibromatosis to Loyola

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Nikolas Machado, MD, a pediatric neurologist and expert in neurofibromatosis, has joined Loyola University Health System. He also is an instructor in the Departments of Neurology and Pediatrics at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Machado is one of only a handful of neurologists in the Chicago area who treats neurofibromatosis (NF). This syndrome affects about 1 in every 3,000 children and includes tumors that grow along the nerves in the body or under the skin. As the tumors grow they can press on the vital organs and other areas of the body causing harm.

His additional medical interests include general pediatric neurology, seizures and epilepsy.

He is active in research and has been published in academic books and journals, including the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences. He also is a sought-after presenter on NF after having spoken at national and international conferences.

Machado received his medical degree from Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil. He completed residencies in pediatrics at IPSEMG in Brazil and Woodhull Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. His fellowship in pediatric neurology was completed at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Machado is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. He sees patients at Loyola’s main medical campus in Maywood as well at the Loyola Center for Health at Oakbrook Terrace, 1S224 S. Summit Ave., and the Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge, 6800 N. Frontage Road.

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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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