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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

James Welsh, MD, elected president of the American College of Radiation Oncology

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Loyola University Medical Center radiation oncologist James Welsh, MD, MS, was recently elected president of the American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO).

Dr. Welsh, installed as president during ACRO’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., will serve a two-year term as president. In 2017, Dr. Welsh will transition to Chairman of the Board for ACRO.

ARCO is the essential professional society for success in the day-to-day practice of radiation oncology. It focuses on ensuring the highest quality of care for radiation therapy patients and promoting success in the practice of radiation oncology through education, responsible socioeconomic advocacy and integration of science and technology into clinical practice.

In addition to ACRO, Dr. Welsh has actively and extensively served in other professional organizations. Dr. Welsh recently concluded an eight-year term as advisor to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Advisory Committee on the Medical Uses of Isotopes. He formerly served as chair of the Radiological Society of North America’s Radiation Oncology Scientific Program Subcommittee and as an alternate councilor in the American College of Radiology. Dr. Welsh held or holds several leadership positions within the American Society for Radiation Oncology.

Dr. Welsh is a professor, medical director and director of Clinical and Translational Research in the Department of Radiation Oncology of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He also is chief of Radiation Oncology at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital. Dr. Welsh is a fellow of the American College of Radiation Oncology.

Dr. Welsh earned his medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a master’s degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University. Dr. Welsh completed a residency in radiation oncology at Johns Hopkins Hospital and completed a fellowship in helical tomotherapy while at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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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.

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