MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Dr. Richard Borrowdale has been named chief of the Division of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology in the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at Loyola University Health System.
Borrowdale has 20 years experience performing surgeries for head and neck tumors and trained under the internationally known Dr. Ronald Hamaker. Borrowdale comes to Loyola from Head and Neck Surgery Associates in Indianapolis, one of the busiest private head-and-neck oncology practices in the country.
"We are extremely fortunate to have recruited Dr. Borrowdale," said Dr. James Stankiewicz, chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. "He has extensive experience in managing all aspects of head and neck surgery, and is deeply committed to his patients."
Head and neck cancers include tumors that originate in the nasal cavity, sinuses, lips, mouth, salivary glands, throat or voice box. Surgery can be disabling or disfiguring, but techniques are improving to reconstruct surgical sites and restore functions such as talking and swallowing, Borrowdale said.
Among the new techniques is a minimally invasive robotic surgical system. Loyola recently became the first Illinois hospital to use the robotic system for oral, head and neck tumors.
"I see patients who are distraught and need help," Borrowdale said. "I try to get them through it."
Borrowdale earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Loyola University Chicago and an MD from Loyola's Stritch School of Medicine. He did his residency at Loyola and a fellowship under Hamaker at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
Borrowdale grew up in Oak Lawn and went to Marist High School in Chicago. He now lives in Lemont with his wife, Mary Beth, and four children. "I've come back home," he said.