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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Neurosurgeon Joseph Serrone, MD, Specialist in Treating Strokes and Other Blood Vessel Disorders, Joins Loyola Medicine

Joseph Serrone, MD

MAYWOOD, IL –  Neurosurgeon Joseph Serrone, MD, a specialist in minimally invasive endovascular treatments of strokes and other blood vessel disorders of the brain and spinal cord, has joined Loyola Medicine.

Dr. Serrone is part of a new generation of neurosurgeons who are using catheter systems to repair aneurysms, open clogged arteries, extract blood clots and repair blood vessel malformations. These endovascular techniques are much less invasive than open brain surgery, which involves cutting an opening in the skull.

Dr. Serrone is trained to perform open surgery when endovascular surgery is not possible. With his dual training in open and endovascular surgery, Dr. Serrone can offer patients the safest and most effective treatment options for complex neurovascular disease.

Dr. Serrone also uses both endovascular and open surgery techniques to open clogged carotid arteries in the neck.

“This is a very exciting time in the field,” Dr. Serrone said. “As devices and endovascular techniques continue to improve, we are able to treat more patients with minimally invasive techniques, with better outcomes.”

For example, endovascular devices called stent retrievers enable Dr. Serrone to minimize the effects of ischemic strokes in patients who arrive at the hospital within six hours. (An ischemic stroke is caused by a blood clot that blocks blood flow to a part of the brain.) Dr. Serrone inserts a catheter in the patient’s groin and guides the thin tube through various blood vessels up to the brain. Once the catheter reaches the blockage, Dr. Serrone deploys a stent retriever. The device grabs the clot, which is pulled out as Dr. Serrone removes the catheter. Dr. Serrone also uses a device that suctions out the clot, like a mini vacuum cleaner.

Dr. Serrone also treats brain aneurysms with endovascular techniques. An aneurysm is a bulge in a blood vessel that is at risk of leaking or rupturing, resulting in brain damage. Dr. Serrone guides a catheter to the aneurysm and releases tiny coils of platinum wire into the bulge. The aneurysm fills up with coils, causing blood to clot. This effectively seals off the aneurysm.

Most aneurysms don’t need to be treated because they still are small enough that there is a minimal risk of rupture. One of Dr. Serrone’s areas of research is determining through periodic MRIs when an aneurysm grows large enough that it should be treated.

Dr. Serrone is an assistant professor in the department of neurological surgery of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, graduating summa cum laude. He completed a residency in neurosurgery and a fellowship in endovascular/cerebrovascular surgery at the University of Cincinnati. He completed a fellowship in cerebrovascular/skull base surgery at Helsinki University Central Hospital.

Before joining Loyola, Dr. Serrone was an attending neurosurgeon at Virginia Mason Medical Center.

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 92 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 129,000 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.