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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Loyola stroke specialist José Biller, MD, co-edits new textbook on cerebrovascular disease

MAYWOOD, Ill.  – Loyola University Medical Center neurologist José Biller, MD, an internationally known expert on stroke, is co-editor of a major new textbook, Common Pitfalls in Cerebrovascular Disease.

Dr. Biller is chair of the Department of Neurology of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

The book provides a case-based teaching tool highlighting the importance of information derived from the history and the physical examination in forming a diagnosis. Cases described in the book illustrate the way in which such clinical skills complement and inform the data obtained from ancillary testing. The book offers a highly accessible format for busy clinicians reviewing patients with strokes and other cerebrovascular disorders.

Clinical case studies long have been recognized as a useful adjunct to problem-based learning and continuing professional development. Case studies emphasize the need for clinical reasoning, integrative thinking, problem-solving, communication, teamwork and self-directed learning -- all desirable generic skills for healthcare professionals.

Common Pitfalls in Cerebrovascular Disease bridges the gap between textbook information and the experience of clinicians in everyday practice. Leading practitioners bring a practical approach to these complex conditions, highlighting specific areas of diagnostic uncertainty in evaluation and treatment.

Each case is taken from real-world clinical practice and reviews the diagnostic and treatment process in a systematic manner, identifying common challenges and potential pitfalls. The intended readership is trainees and non-specialist practitioners in neurology, stroke medicine, and neurosurgery.

Dr. Biller’s co-editor is neurologist José M. Ferro, MD, PhD. Dr. Ferro is head of the Department of Neurology, University of Lisbon, Portugal and head of the Stroke Unit at the Hospital de Santa Maria in Lisbon.

In addition to Dr. Biller, other current or former Loyola physicians who contributed chapters to Common Pitfalls in Cerebrovascular Disease are Paul Ackerman, MD; Murray Flaster, MD, PhD; Alejandro Hornik, MD; Christopher Loftus, MD; Sarkis Morales-Vidal, MD; David Pasquale, MD; Christopher Robinson, DO; Jordan Rosenblum, MD; Sean Ruland, DO; and Michael Schneck, MD.

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.