Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Leader in pulmonary care named division director at Loyola University Health System

MAYWOOD, Ill. (Feb. 12, 2014) – Sean Forsythe, MD, has been named the director of the Pulmonary & Critical Care Division at Loyola University Health System (LUHS). He is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. In addition, he continues to be the medical director of the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit and director of the adult Cystic Fibrosis Program at LUHS.

With this appointment, he will oversee 15 full-time physicians who provide medical care at Loyola University Medical Center, Edward Hines, Jr., VA Hospital and RML Specialty Hospital, which have approximately 800 acute care beds (of which 200 are adult intensive care beds).  He has oversight for the care of patients with advanced lung disease, sleep disorders, the largest lung transplant program in the state as well as the Asthma Program, which offers a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to treatment of this disorder.

Other services in the division include acute and chronic ventilator management of patients with spinal cord injury, electrophrenic pacing of the diaphragm and brachytherapy for lung cancer.

Forsythe has held numerous leadership positions throughout the organization, including director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit and program director for the Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship Program.

He is chairman of the Critical Care Committee at LUHS and has served on several other committees at Loyola as well as at RML Specialty Hospital. He is passionate about medical education and has received teaching awards for his work with medical students, residents and fellows.

He is active in clinical and basic research. He also has written academic textbook chapters and been published in medical journals, including Annals of Internal Medicine, Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety and The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation.

Forsythe is a LaGrange Park, Ill., resident. He earned his medical degree from University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at University of Virginia and a fellowship in Pulmonary & Critical Care at University of Chicago.

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, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health 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 254-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.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.