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Friday, August 26, 2016

Dane Salazar, MD, Specialist in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, Joins Loyola

MAYWOOD, IL – Dane Salazar, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in problems of the shoulder and elbow and shoulder replacement surgery, has joined Loyola Medicine.

Dr. Salazar is an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He sees patients at Loyola’s main campus in Maywood and at Loyola centers in Burr Ridge, Oak Brook and Orland Park.

Dr. Salazar treats shoulder and elbow conditions resulting from sports injuries, job-related injuries, aging and other causes. These conditions include shoulder and elbow fractures, shoulder and elbow instability, arthritis, rotator cuff injuries, labral injuries, biceps tears, cubital tunnel syndrome and cartilage damage in the shoulder.

“Orthopaedic surgery in the upper extremities is very rewarding because in the great majority of cases we can return patients to their pre-injury quality of life,” Dr. Salazar said.

Dr. Salazar also performs shoulder replacement surgery, in which arthritic joint surfaces are replaced with a highly polished metal ball and plastic socket. Although shoulder replacements are less common than knee and hip replacements, they are just as effective in relieving pain from bone-on-bone arthritis, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Shoulder replacements have enabled Dr. Salazar’s patients to return to such activities as golfing, swimming and weight lifting. “A total shoulder replacement can be a grand slam,” Dr. Salazar said. “I’ve had patients who told me they wished they had undergone the surgery five years earlier.”

Before joining Loyola, Dr. Salazar spent 15 years in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps, serving as a F15 and F22 flight surgeon and an orthopaedic surgeon. In 2013-14, he deployed as an active duty orthopaedic surgeon the Middle East in support of combat operations.

Dr. Salazar said many of the skills he learned in the military, such as managing stress, troubleshooting problems and working as a cohesive team, are transferrable to civilian orthopaedic surgery.

Dr. Salazar earned his medical degree at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Loyola University Medical Center and a fellowship in shoulder and elbow surgery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University Medical Center.

Dr. Salazar is board certified in orthopaedic surgery.

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.