Douglas Anderson, MD, is the chair of the department of neurological surgery, director of the spina bifida clinic and co-director of the Center for Skull Base Surgery at Loyola University Medical Center. He also is a professor at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.
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Dr. Anderson completed his residency in neurological surgery at Loyola University Medical Center. He has research and specialty interests in brain tumors, arteriovenous malformations, aneurysms, trigeminal neuralgia and deep brain stimulation for a variety of neurological conditions, including severe spastic dystonia, Parkinson's Disease and intractable obsessive compulsive disorder.
Dr. Bakhos first joined Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine in 1978 as clinical assistant professor. Today he is chair of the department of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, a position he has held since 1997. He earned his medical degree at Damascus University, Damascus, Syria and completed his residency in general surgery at Meridia Huron Hospital in Cleveland. He completed his fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Loyola University Medical Center.
Dr. Bakhos is certified in thoracic surgery by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and is also certified in general surgery. His clinical interests include adult cardiac surgery, adult congenital heart disease, heart and lung transplant, heart valve repair, minimally invasive surgery, robotic cardiac surgery and thoracic aortic surgery. He has more than 150 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and is a frequent presenter and lecturer at scientific meetings nationally and internationally. Dr. Bakhos has held memberships in dozens of medical and scientific societies, including The American College of Cardiology, International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation and The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
Dr. Biller was named chair of the department of neurology, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine in 2004. He first served Stritch from 1982 until 1984 as an assistant professor of neurology and then returned in 2003 as an associate chair of the department, following more than 18 years of faculty positions with the University of Iowa College of Medicine, Northwestern University Medical School and Indiana University School of Medicine where he was chair of neurology from 1994 to 2003.
Dr. Biller received his medical degree from the School of Medicine, University of the Republic in Uruguay and completed his residency in neurology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and Loyola University Medical Center/Edward Hines, Jr. VA Medical Center. He completed his fellowship in cerebrovascular research at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Dr. Biller is certified in neurology and vascular neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology and in headache medicine by the United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties. His special interests include stroke clinical trials, acute neurology care, brain hemorrhage, brain aneurysms, neurological complications of pregnancy, stroke, stroke in children and young adults, transient ischemic attack (TIA), neurohospitalist care and all aspects of cerebrovascular diseases. Dr. Biller is the editor of the Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease and is also a member of several editorial boards including Stroke, Cerebrovascular Diseases and UpToDate, among others.
Dr. Biller’s professional affiliations include serving as director of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) from 1994 to 2001, past president of the ABPN in 2002, chair of the United Council of Neurological Subspecialties (UCNS) from 2006 to 2009 and vice-chair of the vascular neurology writing sub-committee of the ABPN (2003 to the present). He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, American College of Angiology, American Academy of Neurology and the Stroke Council of the American Heart Association and an active member of the American Neurological Association. He has published a myriad of peer-reviewed journals, books and abstracts and has been a guest lecturer at dozens of medical symposiums and conventions worldwide. Dr. Biller has earned many teaching awards and also has been named to top physician lists such as Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Best Doctors in America and Who’s Who in Science.
Dr. Bouchard was named chair of the department of ophthalmology in 2003. He practices with special interests in cataract no-stitch surgery, cataracts, comprehensive eye care, conjunctivitis, contact lens complications, dry eyes, itchy eyes/ocular allergy, keratoconus, LASIK, surgery for nearsightedness and tearing. Dr. Bouchard also serves as a consultant at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital in Hines, Ill. Dr. Bouchard received his doctor of medicine degree from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago.
He completed his residency training in ophthalmology at George Washington University and a fellowship in corneal and external diseases at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Dr. Bouchard is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and has held a number of positions at Loyola University Health System since 1991, including director of the cornea service and residency program director from 1991 to 2003. He has served as president of the Chicago Ophthalmological Society, member of the Board of Directors at the Illinois Society for the Prevention of Blindness and on the medical advisory board of the Eye Bank Association of America. Dr. Bouchard has received several awards for teaching and has been named Top Doctor in Chicago by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. as well as “America’s Top Ophthalmologist” by the Guide to America’s Top Ophthalmologists. He holds membership in dozens of medical and scientific societies, including the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Eye Bank Association of America and the Cornea Society.
Dr. Cichon has primary administrative responsibilities for the emergency medical services provided at Loyola University Medical Center. He oversees Loyola's emergency medical services system, which incorporates education program training at all levels of care in the emergency system. Dr. Cichon also chairs the Region 8 emergency medical services advisory committee, is a member of the Illinois Medical Emergency Response Team and is a bioterrorism/mass casualty consultant for the Cook County Department of Public Health, among many other related appointments. He is chair of the department of emergency medicine at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.
Dr. Cichon earned his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine/Midwestern University. He completed his residency training in emergency medicine at Chicago Osteopathic Medical Center. He is certified in emergency medicine by the American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine. His special interests include disaster preparedness, pre-hospital medicine and chest pain evaluation. He is co-principal investigator for the Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children grant with the Illinois Department of Public Health. Dr. Cichon is on the board of directors and is a past president of the Illinois College of Emergency Physicians and holds membership in numerous professional societies; he is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a distinguished fellow in the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians.
Robert C. Flanigan, MD, FACS, is chair of the department of urology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. In 1994, he became the medical school's first Albert J. Speh, Jr. and Claire R. Speh Professor of Urology. In 2006, Dr. Flanigan also was awarded the Stritch Medal of Loyola University Chicago, the highest honor given to a Loyola faculty member or alumnus of the Stritch School of Medicine.
In addition, he has served as president of the American Board of Urology, president of the Society of Urologic Oncology, the North Central Section of the American Urological Association, the Society of University Urologists, the Society of Pelvic Surgeons, and was founder and first president of the Society of Urologic Chairpersons and Program Directors. Dr. Flanigan also served as secretary of the American Urological Association from 2006 to 2011. Dr. Flanigan has been very involved in basic and clinical research throughout his career and has contributed more than 350 publications to the medical literature. Dr. Flanigan earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University Medical School before completing his residencies in urology and general surgery at Case Western Reserve University Affiliated Hospitals (Cleveland) in 1978.
Dr. Forsythe is a leader in pulmonary care who has held numerous leadership positions throughout Loyola University Health System, including director of the pulmonary & critical care division, director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit, medical director of the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit, director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program, chair of the Critical Care Committee and program director for the Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship Program. He is active in clinical and basic research and has written academic textbook chapters and been published in medical journals, including Annals of Internal Medicine, Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety and The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation.
Dr. Forsythe is board certified in critical care medicine and pulmonary disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He earned his medical degree from University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his residency in general internal medicine at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center and a fellowship in pulmonary medicine at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics.
Dr. Ghanayem, the Dr. William M. Scholl Professor, directs the academic, clinical and graduate medical education programs of the department of orthopaedic surgery and rehabilitation at Loyola University Health System and Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He joined Loyola in 1995 and has a joint faculty appointment as professor in the department of neurological Surgery. For the past 20 years, Dr. Ghanayem has helped establish the orthopaedic surgery department as an internationally known center for education, research and patient care.
Dr. Ghanayem’s clinical expertise includes spine surgery of a variety of conditions, including the cervical (neck) and lumbar (back) spine. He earned his medical degree from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University and a fellowship in spine surgery from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dr. Jellish was named chair of the department of anesthesiology in 2000. He is involved in the residency program, teaching and clinical supervision of residents including any research activities related to resident training. Dr. Jellish joined Loyola University Medical Center in 1991 as an assistant professor in the department of anesthesiology. He received his doctor of medicine degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago and his PhD in biochemistry from Loyola University Chicago.
Dr. Jellish completed his medical internship at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago and his residency in anesthesiology and fellowship in neuroanesthesiology at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis. His special interests include general anesthesia, neuroanesthesia, non-heart surgery for patients with heart disease, post-operative pain control and prevention of post-operative nausea-vomiting. Dr. Jellish is certified in anesthesiology by the American Board of Anesthesiology. At Loyola he chairs the operating room/post-anesthesia recovery committee and performance improvement project and serves on a number of committees including the quality and patient safety committee of the board and anesthesia research committee. Dr. Jellish holds membership in dozens of medical and scientific societies including the Society of Academic Anesthesiology Associates, Association of University Anesthesiologists, International Anesthetic Research Society, American Society of Anesthesiologists, Society of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology and the Academy of Anesthesiology. He is well-published with more than 150 manuscripts and abstracts in the areas of neuromonitoring and neuroprotection. He is a current reviewer for numerous journals including the Journal of Clinical Anesthesiology and Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia, Anesthesia & Analgesia, Anesthesiology, Head & Neck and the European Journal of Anaesthesiology.
Dr. Sam Marzo completed a BS in biochemistry at the University of Illinois in 1987, then attended Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine from 1987 until 1991. He then completed a five-year residency in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery at Loyola University Health System from 1991 until 1996. He next completed a one-year neurotology fellowship at The Otology Group/Vanderbilt University in 1997.
After two years in private practice he joined the otolaryngology department at Loyola University Health System in 1999. He became residency program director in 2005 and assumed the chairmanship of the department on July 1, 2015. Dr. Marzo’s clinical and research interest include hearing restoration via medical and surgical therapy. He has one of the largest series of patients with semi- and fully implantable hearing devices in the midwest. Dr. Marzo seeks to build on the solid foundation of the department to make it one of the best otolaryngology departments in the U.S. in terms of quality, research, resident and medical student education, and clinical volume.
Dr. Mathew is a nationally renowned interventional cardiologist and director of Loyola Medicine’s division of cardiology. Dr. Mathew joined Loyola in August 2016 after nearly two decades as a clinician-researcher-educator at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. He is widely recognized for his clinical and research contributions in cardiology, most notably in complex coronary artery disease, aortic stenosis and peripheral arterial disease. Dr. Mathew has been an investigator in many clinical trials that have evaluated and led to the approval of new technologies, such as coronary stents, drug-eluting stents and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).
Dr. Mathew is board certified in interventional cardiology and cardiovascular diseases. He earned his medical degree from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, completed a residency in internal medicine and fellowships in cardiovascular diseases and interventional cardiology at Mayo Clinic. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. He is a professor at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.
Dr. Michelfelder has a long history working for improved global health through his role at Loyola University Medical Center and the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. His research and clinical work in combining traditional and alternative medicines has made him a leader in holistic care and integrative medicine.
Dr. Michelfelder graduated from Loyola in 1997. After completing his residency, he returned as a faculty member in 2000.
Between 2004 and 2016, he served as the vice chair of the department of family medicine before becoming chair of family medicine on July 1, 2016. Dr. Michelfelder will continue in his role as co-director of the Institute for Transformative Interprofessional Education at Stritch, a title which he has held since 2013.
Dr. Michelfelder also has a strong interest in global health and has participated in 18 international service trips to nine different countries, many as part of the Jesuit Medical School Collaborative Trip. He also works locally to assist underserved populations.
Among his professional memberships, Dr. Michelfelder is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative (AIHC).
Dr. Mirowitz is professor and chair of radiology at Loyola University Health System. Before accepting this post in March 2011, he was chair of radiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health System for eight years. Prior to that, he was chief of radiology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital (North Campus) at the Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, co-director of Magnetic Resonance Imaging at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology and associate medical director at Health Management Partners/Washington University Physicians Network.
He received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in medical management from Tulane University in New Orleans and earned his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in diagnostic radiology at Washington University Medical Center, followed by an MRI fellowship at the Mallinckrodt Institute. Dr. Mirowitz has completed the graduate program in medical management at the American College of Physician Executives and the Physician Executive Leadership Program at BJC/Washington University Health Administration Program. He has been a tenured professor of radiology at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Washington University School of Medicine. He has served on the board of directors of numerous organizations including the University of Pittsburgh Physicians, Health Center Development, Central Imaging Services, Main Medical Ventures and Alliance Diagnostic Ventures, where he was chief medical officer. Dr. Mirowitz has been named a fellow of the American College of Radiology, the Society of Computed Body Tomography and Magnetic Resonance, the American College of Physician Executives, and the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has been the recipient of many honors, including the Roentgen Centennial Award of the Radiological Society of North America and the Joseph Whitely Education Award of the Association of University Radiologists, among others. He is the author or co-author of three books, has published more than 170 scientific papers and book chapters and delivered more than 150 national and international scientific presentations and invited lectures. He has served as editor of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Clinics of North America for nine years, and on the editorial boards of Radiology, the American Journal of Roentgenology, Academic Radiology and other scientific journals. He has also been very active in leadership roles for several medical associations and societies and community organizations.
Ronald K. Potkul, MD, FACS, FACOG, is chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology and director of gynecologic oncology at Loyola University Health System. He is also a professor at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Potkul received his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics and was a fellow in gynecologic oncology at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. In addition, he is a member of numerous medical societies and associations and has written extensively for peer-reviewed publications.
Dr. Rao was named chair of the department of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences in 2009, when he also was awarded certification by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. His clinical and research interests include affective disorders, dual-diagnosis psychiatric illnesses, geriatric psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine. Dr. Rao earned his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Mysore, Mysore Medical College, India.
He completed his residency in psychiatry at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois, which included a post-graduate neurology course at The Institute of Neurology, Queen Square Hospital, London, U. K., and was the chief resident in psychiatry at the Winnebago Mental Health Institute in Wisconsin. Before joining Loyola, Dr. Rao served as medical director of the Regional Forensic Center at Mayview State Hospital in Pittsburgh, had a private psychiatry practice in Mysore, India and was chairman and founder of Medtek Asia Pvt., Ltd., a healthcare manufacturing unit in India and an extension of Medtek USA, Inc. Dr. Rao also has completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Electro-Convulsive and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation of Brain Studies at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina. He is a member of many national and international associations and committees including the Teaching & Training Committee of the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry and the International College of Psychosomatic Medicine. He has earned many teaching awards and is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a fellow of the American College of Forensic Psychiatry. Dr. Rao has published many scholarly articles, book chapters and editorials on psychiatry topics and has been a member of several editorial boards including the Journal of Palliative Medicine and Journal of Stroke & Cerebrovascular Diseases.
Dr. Small joined the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine in July 2013 as chair of the department of radiation oncology. Prior to joining Stritch, Dr. Small was the vice chair of radiation oncology at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. He completed medical school and residency training at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Dr. Small has an international reputation for research and treatment of gynecological malignancies, and he also specializes in treating gastrointestinal and breast cancers. He is co-chair of the NRG Oncology Gynecologic Committee, former chair of the NCI-funded Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) Gynecologic Working Group, and the immediate past chair of the Gynecologic Cancer InterGroup. Dr. Small is a fellow in the American College of Radiation Oncology, the American College of Radiology and the American Society for Radiation Oncology. The author of over 200 publications, 26 invited book chapters, and six books, he has been the president of the Council of Affiliated Regional Radiation Oncology Societies and the Chicago Radiological Society. He has also acted as the chair of the Gynecologic Cancer InterGroup Cervix Cancer Committee.
Dr. Stiff is the medical director of the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center and director of the division of hematology/oncology at Loyola University Health System. He is the Coleman Professor of Oncology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine; he is also a Stritch alumnus. Dr. Stiff is board certified in internal medicine, oncology and hematology. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the Cleveland Clinic and was a research fellow at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
He held faculty positions at Cornell University Medical College in New York and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois, before coming back to Loyola in 1986. At Southern Illinois, he was also the director of the bone marrow transplantation service. He earned his bachelor's of science in chemistry at the University of Toledo in Ohio. He is also a leading member in numerous medical societies and associations and is co-chair of the blood and marrow transplant committee for the Southwest Oncology Group. His current main research areas are umbilical cord blood transplantation, ex-vivo expansion of hematopoietic stem cells and cancer vaccines for ovarian cancer. In addition, he has written more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed publications.
Dr. Stirling was named chair of the department of pediatrics in 2005 and has been with Loyola University Medical Center since 1992, during which time he has held numerous leadership positions, including division director of ambulatory pediatrics, pediatric continuity clinic director and director of ambulatory pediatric specialties clinic. His special interests are adolescent medicine, general pediatrics, sports injuries and sports medicine. Dr. Stirling earned his doctor of medicine degree from St. George's University in Grenada, West Indies.
He completed his pediatric internship at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia and his residency in pediatrics at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Temple University, Philadelphia. Dr. Stirling completed a primary care faculty development fellowship at Michigan State University in Lansing, Mich. Dr. Stirling also holds a physician management certificate from the Loyola University Chicago School of Business Administration and completed the Physician Executive Training Clinical Chairs Program at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is certified in pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics, is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the sports medicine section of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Stirling is well-published and has been named a scholar in the Ambulatory Pediatric Association National Pediatric Faculty Development Scholars Program.
Anita Varkey, MD, is the associate chief medical director of the division of primary care at Loyola University Health System. She earned her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinic. She is board certified in internal medicine. Dr. Varkey’s areas of clinical expertise include primary care and preventive medicine as well as women’s health. In addition to being a fellow of the American College of Physicians, she has also served on the board of Thrive Counseling Center, a comprehensive mental health center in Oak Park.
Dr. Veselik is board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics. He attended the Center for Continuing Professional Education at the Harvard School of Public Health. He was named to Chicago magazine's Top Doctor list in 1996, 1999 and 2002, among numerous other awards. He has also been a school board member and president at Notre Dame Parish School.
Dr. Wojcik was named chair of the department of pathology in 2007. She is a renowned pathologist who has a special interest in genito-urinary pathology and has been a member of the Loyola University Medical Center community for more than 10 years. Dr. Wojcik has a medical degree from the Medical Academy of Gdansk, Poland. She completed her residency training in anatomic and clinical pathology at Wayne State University, Detroit Medical Center in Detroit.
Dr. Wojcik earned a fellowship in cytopathology from MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas in Houston. Besides being a departmental chair, she holds a variety of positions at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine Department of Pathology, including medical director of laboratories, director of the residency program and director of the cytopathology fellowship program. Her service responsibilities cover cytopathology and urologic surgical pathology. Dr. Wojcik is certified in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology and cytopathology by the American Board of Pathology. Dr. Wojcik is an associate editor of the Journal of Histotechnology and a member of several editorial boards including E-Cytopathology, Diagnostic Cytopathology, Cancer Cytopathology and Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. She is an active member and chairperson of dozens of medical committees and societies, including the United States & Canadian Academy of Pathology, the American Society of Cytopathology and the American Society for Clinical Pathology. Dr. Wojcik has earned several awards and honors including Teacher of the Year Award from the Department of Pathology at Stritch and the Award of the American Society of Cytopathology for New Frontiers in Cytology. Dr. Wojcik has been a frequent invited speaker at numerous international, national and regional forums. Most of her presentations are dealing with recent advances in urine cytology. Dr. Wojcik lectured in Korea, Thailand, Japan, Chile, Bahrain, Canada, Spain and France. She has authored and co-authored close to 100 articles in leading peer review journals.