Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery | Loyola Medicine
Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Douglas Anderson, MD, Named Chair of Loyola's Department of Neurological Surgery

Douglas Anderson, MD

MAYWOOD, IL – Douglas Anderson, MD, one of the nation’s most accomplished neurosurgeons, has been appointed chair of the department of neurological surgery of Loyola Medicine and Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

For more than 30 years, Dr. Anderson has helped establish Stritch School of Medicine’s department of neurological surgery as an internationally known center for education, research and patient care. Dr. Anderson joined Loyola in 1983 and has been a full professor since 2007.

Dr. Anderson will head one of the most comprehensive and advanced neurosurgery departments in the nation. Loyola’s multidisciplinary neurosurgery team performs more than 1,000 cranial surgeries and collaborates on approximately 150 cranial-base operations per year, which places Loyola among the top five centers in the United States. Dr. Anderson will lead the department’s academic initiatives as well as its clinical and graduate medical education programs.

Before being named chair, Dr. Anderson was the department’s director of resident education, director of the spina bifida clinic and co-director of the Center for Skull Base Surgery.

Dr. Anderson has performed more than 3,000 complex brain surgeries in adults and children for conditions including acoustic tumors, aneurysms, brain tumors, epilepsy, facial pain, Parkinson’s disease, trigeminal neuralgia and vascular malformations. Dr. Anderson is an author of more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and study abstracts presented at neurosurgical meetings.

Dr. Anderson earned his medical degree from Chicago Medical School/Finch University of Health Sciences. He completed a residency in neurological surgery at Loyola University Medical Center. He is board certified in neurological surgery.

Dr. Anderson lives in Oak Park, Illinois, with his wife, Ann Anderson. He is an accomplished baritone singer who specializes in singing Johann Sebastian Bach and other classical music. 

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 92 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 129,000 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.