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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Anna Cooper, MD, Specialist in Orthopaedic Oncology, Joins Loyola Medicine

MAYWOOD, IL –  Orthopaedic surgeon Anna Cooper, MD, MPH, a specialist in treating benign and malignant tumors in bones and soft tissues, has joined Loyola Medicine.

Dr. Cooper treats sarcomas (malignant tumors that begin in the bones or soft tissues) and metastatic tumors, which have started elsewhere in the body and spread to the bones. At Loyola's Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Dr. Cooper works with a multidisciplinary team that includes specialists in radiology, pathology, radiation oncology, medical oncology, thoracic surgery, neurological surgery and genetics.

Conditions Dr. Cooper treats include giant cell-rich tumors; osteosarcomas, chondrosarcomas and soft-tissue sarcomas; bone tumors that originated as lymphomas or myultiple myelomas; and cancers of the lung, breast, prostate, kidney and thyroid that have spread to the bone.

When treating sarcomas, Dr. Cooper takes care to remove the entire tumor and provide a safe margin, while saving the limb from amputation whenever possible. She uses devices such as plates, screws, rods, internal prosthetics and joint replacements to restore as much function as possible.

Dr. Cooper said that when she first sees patients, it often is the worst day of their lives. "It is an emotional time for patients and their families," Dr. Cooper said. "I give them time to allow the news to sink in. I sit down face-to-face and get to know them as we review the available options."

Dr. Cooper is a clinical instructor in the department of orthopaedic surgery and rehabilitation at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. She sees patients at the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center in Maywood and Loyola Center for Health in Burr Ridge.

She earned a medical degree and master of public health degree from the University of Rochester. She completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Rochester and a fellowship in orthopaedic oncology at the University of Florida at Gainesville.

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.