New Kidney Transplant Program Director | Transplant | Loyola Medicine
Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Amishi Desai, DO, appointed kidney transplant program director at Loyola Medicine

MAYWOOD, Ill. –Amishi Desai, DO, has joined Loyola University Health System as a transplant and nephrology physician and the kidney transplant program director.  Dr. Desai is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Medicine at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.  

Dr. Desai comes to Loyola most recently from the University of Illinois Hospital. 

Dr. Desai received her medical degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University. She completed her internal medicine residency training at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. She completed fellowships in nephrology and transplant nephrology at the University of Chicago Division of Nephrology.

Dr. Desai’s clinical interests lie in the care and management of kidney and pancreas transplant recipients as well as combined organ transplant recipients with kidney disease. Dr. Desai’s academic interests are in acute and chronic kidney injury in solid organ transplant recipients. 

As an academic medical center, Loyola Medicine offers the highest level of multidisciplinary, integrated care for kidney disease and failure patients who may be considering a kidney transplant. Loyola takes on the most challenging cases and is often consulted for second opinions.  

The Loyola transplant team includes a transplant nephrologist, transplant surgeon, anesthesiologists, nurse coordinators, nurse practitioners, procurement nurses, transplant chaplains, infectious disease specialists, physical therapists, dietitians, financial coordinators, clinical pharmacists, social workers and psychologists.

Loyola’s board-certified transplant surgeons are widely regarded and highly skilled in both traditional and minimally invasive surgery. Loyola’s surgeons use laparoscopic surgery for living donors, which leads to a quicker recovery and less pain. Loyola also coordinates a living kidney donor program.

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About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.