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Friday, August 12, 2016

Spine Surgeon Lauren Burke, MD, Joins Loyola

MAYWOOD, IL –  Spine surgeon Lauren Burke, MD, who treats common back and neck problems, as well as scoliosis  (curvature of the spine), has joined Loyola Medicine.

Dr. Burke said her practice first treats back and neck problems conservatively. When non-surgical treatments do not provide sufficient relief, Dr. Burke offers surgical treatments, including discectomy, lumbar fusion, anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF), cervical disc replacement, spinal decompression and anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF).

In treating scoliosis (curvature of the spine), Dr. Burke also first offers conservative care, including bracing and physical therapy in children to slow progression and physical therapy and activity modification in adults to minimize pain.

If surgery is required, Dr. Burke performs a two-stage operation called oblique lateral interbody fusion (OLIF) and posterior spinal fusion. This technique results in a better correction, less pain and faster recovery, Dr. Burke said.

Dr. Burke will see patients on Loyola’s main campus in Maywood and at the adjacent Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Dr. Burke earned her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. She completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Georgetown University Medical Center. She completed a fellowship in spine surgery, with a focus on scoliosis, at the University of Virginia.

Before joining Loyola, Dr. Burke was in private practice for three years in Hartford, Conn.

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.