Monday, May 3, 2010

"All Star" Loyola Researcher Completes ELAM Leadership Program

Loyola University Health System researcher Elizabeth Kovacs, PhD, has graduated from a prestigious program that trains senior women faculty for leadership positions at academic medical centers.

Kovacs graduated April 29 from the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia.

Kovacs is a Professor and Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Surgery at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. She also is Director of Research in the Burn & Shock Trauma Institute and Director of the Alcohol Research Program. She lives in Oak Park.

ELAM is dedicated to increasing the number of women in top administrative ranks in academic medical centers. The intensive one-year program includes coaching, networking and mentoring. Kovacs is the first Loyola faculty member to graduate from ELAM. She studied such areas as faculty development, institutional finance and strategic planning.

Kovacs recently was elected President of the Society for Leukocyte Biology. Her research focuses on the effects of sex, advanced age, radiation, and alcohol exposure on inflammation and cell-mediated immunity after injury. Her 150th research paper was recently accepted for publication.

"Liz is an all-star researcher and an outstanding leader," said Dr. Richard Gamelli, dean of the Stritch School of Medicine. "She also is a wonderful supporter and mentor for our young faculty."

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part 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. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At 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 Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago 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.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.