Pediatric ENT: Eric Gantwerker, MD, Joins Loyola | Loyola Medicine
Friday, September 7, 2018

Pediatric ENT Specialist Eric Gantwerker, MD, Joins Loyola Medicine

Eric Gantwerker, MD, MS, MMSc

MAYWOOD, IL – Eric Gantwerker, MD, MS, MMSc, an otolaryngologist who specializes in treating children for ear-nose-throat conditions, has joined Loyola Medicine.

Dr. Gantwerker treats general otolaryngological conditions in children, including ear infections, sleep apnea, tonsil and adenoids issues, neck masses and neck infections. Dr. Gantwerker also treats airway issues such as laryngeal cleft, aspiration, stridor/noisy breathing, dysphagia, laryngomalacia, subglottic stenosis, tracheomalacia, tracheostomy dependence, laryngeal papillomas, laryngeal webs and tracheoesophageal fistulas, as well as velopharyngeal insufficiency, submucous cleft palate and airway and esophageal foreign bodies.
 
Dr. Gantwerker is an assistant professor in Loyola’s department of otolaryngology. He sees patients at the Loyola Outpatient Center in Maywood and Loyola Center for Children's Health at Oakbrook Terrace.
 
Dr. Gantwerker enjoys treating children. “Kids are very resilient," Dr. Gantwerker said. "They are fun to take care of, and their parents often are very appreciative.”
 
Dr. Gantwerker said that except in emergency conditions, he never tries to impose his recommendations on parents. “I believe in shared decision-making,” he said. “We decide together the best options for their children.”
 
He also involves children as much as possible. “I will talk to them directly and let them ask questions,” he said.
 
Dr. Gantwerker received his medical degree from Rush Medical College. He completed a residency in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery from the University of Cincinnati and a fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology from Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Gantwerker has a master of science in medical education from Georgetown University and a master of medical science degree from Harvard Medical School.
 
Before joining Loyola, Dr. Gantwerker was on staff at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas and Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Gantwerker is board certified in otolaryngology.

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.