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 Medicine 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.
Ravi Durvasula, MD, is a world leader in global infectious diseases research. He has held senior leadership positions at Yale University and the Veterans Administration. Most recently, he was a professor of medicine and infectious diseases and director of the Center for Global Health at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. The center has partnered with 13 medical centers in India, Kenya, China and Colombia.
Dr. Durvasula has conducted groundbreaking research in global infectious diseases, pioneering a new approach to control the spread of vector-borne diseases, including Leishmaniasis and Chagas disease. Since 1994, Dr. Durvasula has been awarded 17 research grants totaling $9.6 million, including nine National Institutes of Health grants totaling $6.9 million. Other agencies that have funded Dr. Durvasula's research include the Centers for Disease Control, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. His two most recent grants are to study environmentally friendly mosquito insecticides.
Vivian Gahtan, MD, is professor and chair of the Department of Surgery, which includes 10 divisions: colon and rectal surgery; general surgery; gastrointestinal/minimally invasive surgery; intra-abdominal transplant surgery; oral and maxillofacial surgery; plastic and reconstructive surgery; surgical oncology; surgical research; trauma, surgical critical care and burns; and vascular surgery and endovascular therapy.
Dr. Gahtan is a nationally known vascular surgeon who has held many leadership roles on regional and national levels, including president of the Association of Women Surgeons; director of the American Board of Surgery; chair of the Vascular Surgery Board of the American Board of Surgery; and president of the Eastern Vascular Society. Dr. Gahtan is an author on more than 200 medical journal studies, review articles, book chapters, abstracts and poster presentations.
Prior to joining Loyola, Dr. Gahtan was vice chair for academic development and chief of the division of vascular surgery and endovascular services in the Department of Surgery of SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y.
Dr. Gahtan earned her medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine. She completed a residency in general surgery and general vascular surgery at the University of South Florida and an endovascular fellowship at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Cornell University and Columbia University.
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 Medicine 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. Gonzalez earned his medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine and completed a urologic residency at McGaw Medical Center, Northwestern University. Dr. Gonzalez joined Northwestern's faculty in 2000 and was appointed professor in 2011. He served as chief of urology for VA Lakeside from 2003 to 2006 and earned an MBA from Northwestern in 2006. He was director of surgery for the Northwestern Medicine surgical services department from 2014 to 2015. Since 2015, Dr. Gonzalez has been chair of the department of urology and director of the Urologic Institute for University Hospitals of Cleveland.
During his more than 20 years at Northwestern, Dr. Gonzalez established strong ties to area urologists, serving as president of the Chicago Urologic Society in 2014. He also has held multiple national leadership positions, including chair of public policy and practice support for the American Urologic Association. Dr. Gonzalez is associate editor for the genitourinary reconstruction section of Urology and a section editor of Urology Times. He has published more than 130 peer-reviewed manuscripts, review articles, invited editorials and book chapters.
Dr. Gupta serves as the regional director of the Digestive Health Program and director of Interventional Endoscopy at Loyola University Medical Center. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine. During this time, he also obtained a master's in public health from the University of Illinois at Chicago in public health informatics. He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center and his gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He then pursued additional training in advanced interventional endoscopy at Washington University in St. Louis.
Dr. Gupta has clinical and research interests in diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy, malignant and pre-malignant conditions of the gastrointestinal tract, and improving the quality of endoscopy. He has published over 100 papers in peer reviewed medical journals, presented over 200 abstracts at national medical conferences, and written chapters for several medical textbooks. He teaches physicians how to perform complex endoscopy procedures at courses throughout the country and internationally. Dr. Gupta is very active in multiple gastroenterology medical societies and currently serves on committees for the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) and the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE).
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 Medicine 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 Medicine 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. McGee is a cardiac surgeon at Loyola University Medical Center and a Professor in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. McGee is board certified in General and Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery) by the American Board of Surgery. His clinical expertise includes aortic valve surgery, heart bypass, left ventricular assist devices, valve replacement and valvular heart disease. Dr. McGee is proficient in a wide variety of heart surgeries, including complex coronary revascularization, mitral valve repair, surgery for endocarditis, the maze procedure and ventricular reconstruction.
Dr. McGee earned his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He completed residencies in General Surgery and Thoracic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and a fellowship in Heart Transplant Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
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 Medicine. 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 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 Medicine. 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 director of the division of hematology/oncology at Loyola Medicine. 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 Medicine. 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, 2002 and 2018, 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.