Thursday, June 25, 2009

Dr. Constantine Godellas Named Director of Loyola's Breast Clinical Program

MAYWOOD, Il. -- Dr. Constantine Godellas has joined Loyola's Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center as director of the Breast Clinical Program and co-director of the multi-disciplinary Breast Oncology Center.

Dr. Godellas, a surgical oncologist, was recruited from Rush University Medical Center, where he was an associate professor of surgery.

"We are indeed fortunate to have a surgeon of Dr. Godellas' stature join our breast care program," said medical oncologist Dr. Kathy Albain, director of Loyola's Breast Research Program and co-director of the Breast Oncology Center. "Not only will our clinical and research programs jointly benefit from his expertise, but he brings skills that will bring great benefit to all of our patients."

The Breast Oncology Center joins multiple specialists together at the Bernardin cancer center, including experts in surgical oncology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, pathology, radiology, clinical research, nursing, risk assessment, genetic counseling and social services.

Dr. Godellas also will work with medical oncologist Dr. Joseph Clark, to establish a multidisciplinary melanoma oncology center.

In addition to breast cancer and melanoma, Dr. Godellas' special interests include other breast diseases and sarcoma.

Dr. Godellas also will practice at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, which is part of the Loyola University Health System. His late father, Dr. William "Vasilios" Godellas, was an internist and a member of the founding medical staff of Gottlieb. Dr. Godellas earned his medical degree from Northwestern University and did residencies at Northwestern and the University of South Florida. He did a surgical research fellowship at the University of South Florida and a surgical oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Dr. Godellas is an associate professor of surgery at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Dr. Godellas, who also speaks Greek, lives in River Forest with his wife and four children.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, 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 a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.