Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald of Loyola receives award for her pain research

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Colleen Fitzgerald, MD, MS, received the Inaugural Research Excellence Award from the Midwest Pain Society for her outstanding work in the field of pain research. Dr. Fitzgerald was honored with the award at the Midwest Pain Society’s Annual Scientific Meeting on Saturday, Oct. 26, in Chicago.

Dr. Fitzgerald is the medical director for the Chronic Pelvic Pain Program at Loyola University Health System and an associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Dr. Fitzgerald’s specialty is physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). Her areas of clinical and research interest include pregnancy-related pain disorders, pelvic pain, pelvic-floor dysfunction and pelvic rehabilitation. Dr. Fitzgerald recently received an grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study pelvic-floor muscle and nerve differences in women with postpartum musculoskeletal pelvic pain, women with bladder pain and healthy pain-free women. She also will perform functional brain imaging in these women and correlate the brain changes with the changes in the pelvis.

Chronic pelvic pain is one of the most common medical problems in women. It is characterized by pain in the pelvic region that lasts for more than six months. Loyola’s Chronic Pelvic Pain Clinic offers all of the expertise needed to manage these patients under the direction of Dr. Fitzgerald. The staff is composed of internists, gynecologists, urologists, gastroenterologists, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, physical therapists and psychologists. Women interested in scheduling an appointment can call (888) LUHS-888 (888-584-7888) and ask for the Pelvic Pain Clinic.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, 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.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.