Friday, August 11, 2017

Gastroenterologist Ayokunle Abegunde, MD, Joins Loyola Medicine

MAYWOOD, IL –  Ayokunle Abegunde, MD, a gastroenterologist who has expertise in treating infections of the gastrointestinal track, has joined Loyola Medicine.

Dr. Abegunde treats general GI disorders, including peptic ulcers, GI bleeding, microscopic colitis and functional bowel disorders. He has a special interest in treating infections, including clostridium difficile (C. diff.).

Dr. Abegunde, who will see patients at the Loyola Outpatient Center in Maywood and Loyola Center for Heath at Oakbrook Terrace, also performs procedures including colonoscopies, upper GI endoscopies, sigmoidoscopies, feeding tube placements and fecal microbiota transplants.

"Gastroenterology is a rewarding specialty that involves seven organs," Dr. Abegunde said. "It's basically the engine room of the body."

Dr. Abegunde said he strives to build an effective therapeutic relationship with each individual patient. This involves listening, establishing trust and using the best clinical evidence from research and clinical trials.

Dr. Abegunde earned his medical degree from the University of Lagos in Nigeria. He completed residencies in family medicine at the Royal College of General Practitioners in the United Kingdom and in internal medicine from the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. He completed a fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. He earned a master of science degree in tropical medicine and international health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Dr. Abegunde is an assistant professor in the division of gastroenterology, department of medicine of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He is board certified in family medicine and internal medicine and board eligible in gastroenterology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

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, and Loyola Outpatient 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 247-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.

About Trinity Health

Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 93 hospitals, as well as 122 continuing care programs that include PACE, 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 $17.6 billion and assets of $23.4 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity Health employs about 131,000 colleagues, including 7,500 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity Health 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. For more information, visit www.trinity-health.org. You can also follow @TrinityHealthMI on Twitter.