Elizabeth Kovacs, PhD, Receives Award from AAI | Loyola Medicine
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Elizabeth Kovacs, PhD, receives Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Immunologists

MAYWOOD, Il. – Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine scientist Elizabeth J. Kovacs, PhD, has received a Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Immunologists (AAI).

“You are being recognized for your years of service and leadership on the AAI Committee on Public Affairs as both a member and chair,” AAI Executive Director M. Michele Hogan, PhD, wrote in a letter to Dr. Kovacs. “This award recognizes the invaluable contributions you have made to AAI and the immunology community through your leadership and generosity of time.”

The Committee on Public Affairs keeps informed of  public policy issues important to AAI members, develops AAI positions, and works to achieve public policy goals. The committee leads AAI efforts to advocate for the best interests of science and to improve the professional lives of immunologists.

As chair of the committee, Dr. Kovacs presented written testimony to Congress regarding immunology research, spoke in educational sessions designed to improve scientific understanding among policy leaders, and accompanied junior scientists to Capitol Hill through the AAI Public Policy Fellows Program. Dr. Kovacs also presented Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Il.) with the AAI  Public Service Award.

Dr. Kovacs researches the effects of aging, gender and alcohol exposure on inflammation and cell-mediated immunity. She is a professor in the Department of Surgery; co-director of Stritch’s  Burn & Shock Trauma Research Institute; and director of the Alcohol Research Program of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

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 94 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 133,000 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.