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We are thrilled you are looking into our program, and welcome this opportunity to share with you why we believe the Loyola program is unique, and why we chose Loyola for our residency training.

There are numerous pathology residency programs; each with their own individual strengths, and making a decision can seem overwhelming at times.  We love training at Loyola and would like to share with you a few things that Loyola has to offer.

Loyola University Medical Center is a 561-bed hospital located in Maywood, Illinois, just 12 miles west of downtown Chicago.  Loyola is also affiliated with Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, located immediately west of the LUMC campus. Loyola, recently, acquired a community-based private hospital--Gottlieb Hospital. The integration of these three facilities provides our residents with an excellent volume and variety of specimens; more than 34,000 surgical specimens a year, with very active HEENT, breast, GI, GU and Gyn surgical services. 


A variety of fully accredited residency and fellowship training options are available at Loyola to meet your needs.  On average, around four PGY-1 level positions are typically available each year, and a wide range of fellowship positions are also offered. The curriculum is integrated, providing exposure to both clinical and anatomic rotations early in the training period. This early exposure allows residents to continuously build upon a solid knowledge base throughout the four years of training, and provides confidence in their ability to act as consultants to Loyola clinicians. To further enhance the integrated curriculum, residents have a regular conference schedule consisting of unknown sessions for anatomic and clinical topics and didactics, such that the residents have a consistent exposure to surgical pathology, hematology, chemistry, cytology, blood bank, microbiology, and coagulation. Residents also actively participate in intra-departmental tumor boards, allowing them to gain insight into their role within the hospital community. The interaction among faculty, fellows and residents provides a professional and supportive environment for learning.

There are many opportunities for research at Loyola, including access to a state-of the art collaborative research building on campus, the Center for Translational Research & Education (CTRE).
In 2016, our residency program was one of the top programs in the world in accepted scientific abstracts for competition at the annual meeting of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology. Residents are encouraged to participate in research activities and attend regional and national conferences.  Graduates of our program are well prepared for private community practice, academia, and practice in a commercial laboratory setting. Many of our residents stay on to continue their fellowship training at Loyola, while others have pursued further training at some of the nation’s other top pathology programs, including Harvard University, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Northwestern University, Duke University, Brown University and ARUP Laboratories - University of Utah. 

In addition to academics, the pathology facilities at Loyola are enviable. Residents and fellows learn in a large, common resident/fellow room equipped with desks, microscopes, and computers for each individual. In addition, the room has a digital camera, microwave, refrigerator and an eight-headed microscope. A nearby conference room houses an 18-headed microscope (connected to a projector and flat-screen monitor), which comfortably accommodates all residents during microscopic pathology conferences and study sessions. Additionally, separate resident and fellow areas in cytopathology, dermatopathology, hematopathology and transfusion medicine let residents learn in direct contact with the subspecialty they are rotating on.

Beyond academia, Loyola offers a breadth of social and cultural opportunities.   With beautiful Chicago and Lake Michigan in close proximity, there is a year-round abundance of cultural events, plays, museums, sporting events, and great restaurants to easily fill leisure time.  Loyola is conveniently located; with some residents renting apartments in downtown Chicago while others own homes in the suburbs. There are many affordable housing options within 5 miles of the medical center. 

We hope you will consider the Loyola program for your future pathology training. We encourage you to obtain more information about the program, explore the beautiful campus, and become a part of Loyola’s future. Please feel free to contact us with questions about our training program. We look forward to hearing from you! Good luck!

Aaron Muhlbauer, MD                 Alessa Aragao, MD
Chief Resident                                 Assistant Chief Resident

PGY-1 Residents

    Sandra Haddad, MD

    Constantine Kanakis, MD MSc

    Elnaz Panah, MD

    Aayushma Regmi, MD


    PGY-2 Residents


      Hans Magne Hansen Hamnvag, MD

      Anthony Wheeler

      Anthony Wheeler, MD

      Brandon Zelman

      Brandon Zelman, DO


      Levent Trabzonlu

      Levent Trabzonlu, MD

      PGY-3 Residents








        Elizabeth Grindstaff, MD

        Maryam Fatima Raouf, MD

        Maryam Fatima Raouf, MD

        Hometown: Karachi, Pakistan
        Undergrad and Major: Dow University of Health Sciences
        Medical School: Dow University of Health Sciences
        Medical Specialty interests: Surgical pathology, Hematopathology, Dermatopathology
        Activities/Hobbies: Traveling, watching movies, relaxing with family

        Mark Russell, MD

        Mark Russell, MD
        Chief Resident

        Hometown: Downers Grove, IL
        Undergrad: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Animal Science
        Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
        Medical specialty interests: Hemepath
        Hobbies: Underwater Hockey, Board Game

        Jasmine Saleh, MD

        Jasmine Saleh, MD

        Hometown: Toronto, Canada
        Undergrad: University of Virginia (Chemistry)
        Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine
        Medical specialty interests: Dermatopathology
        Hobbies: Traveling, photography, indoor rowing, reading

        PGY-4 Residents

          Alessa P. Aragao, MD
          Chief Resident

          Hometown: Fortaleza, Brazil

          Undergrad: University of Fortaleza

          Medical School: University of Fortaleza

          Specialty interests: Surgical Pathology 

          A. Irem Kilic, MD

          Hometown: Istanbul, Turkey

          Medical School: Marmara University

          Specialty interests: GU, hem & molecular

          Hobbies: Music, Dance, Tennis, Cooking and Baking, Traveling

          Schuharazad Abro, MD

          Hometown : Karachi, Pakistan

          Undergraduate: Biology

          Medical School: King Edward Medical University

          Hobbies: Spending time with family, movies

          Recep Nigdelioglu, MD

          Hometown: Bor-Nigde, Turkey

          Undergrad: Marmara University

          Medical School: Marmara University

          Hobbies: Watching soccer, exploring Chicago 

          Daniel D. Andrade, MD

          Hometown: San Jose, California 

          Medical School: Universidad del Rosario

          Hobbies: Fishing, archery, traveling


          Pathology Resident wellness program & resident well being

          Wellness Faculty Advisor: Marisa Saint Martin, M.D., FCC

          Patient satisfaction is constructed on a foundation of health care provider wellness and satisfaction. When providers are engaged and happy, the result is a more efficient and safe encounter with our patient.

          Data about physician burnout in the USA is overwhelmingly pointing to a national crisis that puts being a physician among the list of occupations with higher suicide risk, previously reported as 1.8 times the national average. Pathology is not an exception and runs along the other specialties listed for burnout risk at about 37%. Not many departments of pathology and laboratory medicine address this issue, and even fewer pathology residency programs offer formal resilience training. The burnout dilemma extends to all colleagues in the laboratory and the health care arena. Statistics may be different for nurses, technologists, laboratory scientists, or physicians; however this is a systemic issue that requires more than one solution to tackle it.

          The burnout dilemma has a multidimensional form - it involves the individual, the group, and the system. Wellness and resilience can be taught. In our department, we are approaching this dilemma with a tri-dimensional comprehensive strategy, providing colleagues with tools to maintain the joy, humanity, and satisfaction of practicing pathology and laboratory medicine throughout their careers.

          An initial survey of pathology residents indicated an overall need for wellness/resiliency training. A year ago we started a series of Wellness Talks for our trainees:

          -We approached physician and resident burnout as a dilemma that needs a tri-dimensional strategy with wellness initiatives for the individual, group strategies for the residency program, and institutional plan that considers the health care givers wellness in the mission statement.

          -We have formalized a curriculum for Wellness focusing on stress prevention, management, treatment, and professional and life purpose.

          -Our residents have access to sessions with trained resilience coaches, in addition to psychological help, the Employee Assistance Program, Care for the Care Giver Program, and chaplain services, as needed, by tapping into the Resilience Page in the Spirit Web site.

          -We continue to grow a successful mentorship program within the department.

          -We have paired 1st year residents with senior residents in 1st time rotations.

          -Mindfulness and meditation techniques are discussed and practice during the wellness talks.

          -An institutional Resilience resource grants easy search access to volunteer activities and inter-departmental networking.

          -Discounts are offered to our residents in the Fitness Center.

          -A brief pulse survey to identify one positive, one frustration, and one thing that needs to be changed was conducted at the beginning of this study, at 6 months, and at 1 year. Results showed a significant difference towards a more positive environment and individual control of stress from when we started.

          Timeline of Pathology residency Wellness Talks:

          July 2017: House Staff Meeting Survey 3X3

          August 1st 2017: Professionalism Discussion

          August 14th 2017: 1st Wellness Meeting

          September 11th 2017: Suicide Awareness

          September 25th 2017: Mission, Vision, Values

          October 25th 2017: Gratitude Journals

          December 2017: Wellness Survey

          February 2 – 5, 2018: Resident Wellness Week

          March 3rd 2018: Wellness and Resilience Leadership Series

          April 11th 2018: Accomplishments/Review of survey data

          May 11th 2018: Review of the Year

          June 2018: Wellness Survey

          Our ultimate goals are to increase wellness among pathology residents to prepare them for a high-stress environment before entering the work force, and to increase their ability to bring the learned tools and incorporated initiatives to their new work place.

          Each one of us may have a different way of achieving a balance and managing the multitude of demands of our personal and professional life. We don't have to go down this path alone. Together, we can create and environment where our love for medicine and our personal goals can coexist and thrive.

          Below are the resources we can tap on by going to the Faculty Tab, Resilience on our Spirit Web Site:

          National Suicide Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

          Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for Trinity employed physicians: 1-800-437-0911

          Local number for our EAP: 64129 (708-216-4129)

          Volunteer opportunities listed

          Physical fitness opportunities listed

          Resiliency Coaches listed

          Psychological assistance outside Loyola and Gottlieb listed

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