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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

New leadership model announced for Loyola research institutes

Each institute to have scientist and physician as co-directors

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine has announced a new, collaborative leadership model for four research institutes.

Effective March 16, each institute will be led by two co-directors, a scientist and a physician.  The co-directors will oversee translational research ranging from the laboratory bench to the patient’s bedside.

“This leadership transition supports Stritch School of Medicine’s strategic plan and demonstrates Loyola’s continued commitment to enhancing all aspects of translational research,” said Linda Brubaker, MD, MS, dean and chief diversity officer of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Loyola’s invigorated research program will be housed in the $137 million Center for Translational Research and Education, which is scheduled to open in Spring, 2016 on Loyola’s Health Sciences Division campus in Maywood.

The Burn & Shock Trauma Research Institute will be led by Elizabeth Kovacs, PhD, and interim co-director Richard Gonzalez, MD.

The Cardiovascular Research Institute will be led by Seth Robia, PhD, and a physician co-director to be named. The Cardiovascular Research Institute will incorporate the Division of Neuroscience Research, led by Gwendolyn Kartje, MD, PhD.

The Infectious Disease & Immunology Research Institute will be led by Adam Driks, PhD, and James Cook, MD.

The Oncology Research Institute will be led by Michael Nishimura, PhD, and Patrick Stiff, MD.

“With the combined excellence of these individuals, our new dual leadership model will yield continued scientific success for Loyola and a better quality of life for our patients,” Dr. Brubaker said.

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.