“My goal is to continue our growth as a nationally recognized burn center that excels both in clinical care and research,” Dr. Baldea said.
Loyola’s Burn Center, one of the busiest in the Midwest, delivers multidisciplinary care for the most complex cases, including thermal, chemical and electrical burns; soft tissue infections such as necrotizing fasciitis; skin sloughing rashes such as toxic epidermal necrolysis; and frostbite.
Each year, the center admits nearly 750 patients and conducts about 4,000 outpatient clinic visits.
Loyola’s Burn Center is the first and longest-serving burn center in Illinois to receive joint verification from the American Burn Association and American College of Surgeons. This verification indicates to patients, families, insurers and other parties that a center provides high-quality care from the time of injury through rehabilitation. To be verified, a burn center must meet rigorous standards for organizational structure, personnel qualifications, facilities resources and medical care services.
Dr. Baldea is an assistant professor in the division of trauma, surgical critical care and burns in the department of surgery of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.
Dr. Baldea earned his medical degree from the University of Chicago. He completed a residency in general surgery at Loyola University Medical Center and fellowships in burn surgery and surgical critical care at the University of California at Davis Medical Center.
Dr. Baldea is board certified in general surgery and surgical critical care.