Department of Urology Chair: Chris M. Gonzalez, MD | Loyola Medicine
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Chris M. Gonzalez, MD, Named Chair of Loyola's Department of Urology

Chris M. Gonzalez, MD

MAYWOOD, IL – Chris M. Gonzalez, MD, MBA, FACS, has been named the Albert J. Jr. and Claire R. Speh professor and chair of the department of urology of Loyola Medicine and Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.
 
Dr. Gonzalez replaces Robert Flanigan, MD, who is stepping down as chair after leading the department since 1986 and establishing its reputation locally and nationally for excellence in clinical care, research and education.

Since 2015, Dr. Gonzalez had been the Lester Persky professor and chair of the department of urology and director of the Urologic Institute for University Hospitals of Cleveland, a $4 billion, 16-hospital integrated regional healthcare system, which includes an academic medical center affiliated with Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Gonzalez earned a medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine and completed a urologic residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. He 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 the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 2006. He was director of surgery for the Northwestern Medicine surgical services department from 2014 to 2015.

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. He is a member of the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons.

Dr. Gonzalez is associate editor for the genitourinary reconstruction section of Urology and a section editor of Urology Times. He has published more than 160 peer-reviewed manuscripts, review articles, invited editorials and book chapters. His research focus is on patient-reported outcome measures in genitourinary reconstruction; practice patterns in reconstructive urologic surgery; integration of advanced practice providers; and the urology workforce shortage in the United States.
 
Dr. Gonzalez's clinical specialties include urethral stricture disease, salvage of failed hypospadias surgery, genitourinary fistula disease, erectile dysfunction, penile prosthetic placement, Peyronie’s disease, penile curvature correction and treatment of male urinary incontinence.
 
Dr. Gonzalez is board certified in urology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
 
Loyola Medicine is nationally recognized for its expertise in diagnosing and treating a broad range of urologic conditions and providing integrated services for optimal patient care. Loyola’s urology program is ranked 31st in the country in U.S. News and World Report’s 2018-19 Best Hospitals rankings.

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.