Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Dr. Patrick Stiff Named Chair of SWOG Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantation Committee

MAYWOOD, Ill. - Dr. Patrick Stiff of Loyola University Medical Center has been named chairman of a nationwide committee of cancer researchers who design and conduct clinical trials involving bone marrow and stem cell transplants.
Such transplants treat blood and lymph cancers, including leukemia, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma.

The committee includes 86 investigators from many of the nation’s top cancer centers. It’s named the SWOG Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantation Committee. SWOG, formerly known as the Southwest Oncology Group, designs and conducts multidisciplinary clinical trials to improve the practice of medicine in preventing, detecting, and treating cancer, and to enhance the quality of life for cancer survivors.

Stiff has served as vice chairman of the Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantation Committee since 2000. “He is eminently qualified to now become its overall leader,” said Dr. Charles D. Blanke, SWOG chairman. “He is also the SWOG principal investigator for Loyola University, and hence knows our group well."
Stiff is division director of Hematology/Oncology and medical director of Loyola’s Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center. He is a professor in the departments of Hematology/Oncology and Pathology of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Loyola has treated more blood cancer patients with stem cell transplants than any other center in Illinois and has one of the largest unrelated donor transplant programs in the world. Loyola physicians have performed more than 2,700 stem cell transplants, including about 150 cord blood transplants. Loyola has particular expertise in treating patients who cannot find matching donors from either their families or the National Marrow Donor Program. Loyola receives referrals from throughout the Midwest, including other academic medical centers in Chicago. Loyola is among the first centers to use umbilical cord donations for the treatment of certain adult cancers.

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.