Cardiologist Eugenia Raichlin, MD, Joins Loyola | Loyola Medicine
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Eugenia Raichlin, MD, a Cardiologist Who Specializes in Heart Failure and Heart Transplantation, Joins Loyola

MAYWOOD, IL –  Eugenia Raichlin, MD, a cardiologist who specializes in congestive heart failure and heart transplantation, has joined Loyola Medicine.

Dr. Raichlin comes to Loyola from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where she was instrumental in building a thriving heart transplant program.

In congestive heart failure, the heart does not work with normal efficiency, and consequently does not pump enough blood and oxygen to adequately support other organs. Major symptoms are fatigue, inability to exercise and shortness of breath even at rest.
 
In many patients, a combination of medications and lifestyle modifications, including healthy diet, weight loss and exercise, can reduce symptoms and improve the patient’s quality of life. In advanced heart failure, a patient may require a heart transplant or a surgically implanted device that helps the heart pump blood. Patients who are not candidates for transplants or mechanical assist devices are given palliative care.
 
Loyola employs a multidisciplinary approach to treating heart failure. The treatment team includes cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, advanced practice nurses, social workers, dietitians and pharmacists.

 “My role is to work with other members of our multidisciplinary team to provide the best option for each individual patient,” Dr. Raichlin said.

Dr. Raichlin forms relationships with patients that can last for years or even decades. “They are part of my extended family,” she said. “I’m with them every time they need me. I provide not only medical support but also a lot of psychological support.”

Dr. Raichlin is an associate professor in the division of cardiology, department of medicine of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Her research interests include heart transplants, heart-kidney transplants and heart-liver transplants. She also studies how a donor heart changes after it has been transplanted into a heart failure patient. 

Dr. Raichlin grew up in Belorussia and earned her medical degree from Belarusian State Medical University. She completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiology at Chaim Sheba Medical Center in Israel. She is fluent in Hebrew, Russian and Belarusian.

Dr. Raichlin is board certified in heart failure and heart transplantation, internal medicine and cardiology.

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.