Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Loyola Appoints Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research

Dr. Linda Brubaker plans to expand research efforts at Loyola

MAYWOOD, Ill. - Dr. Linda Brubaker has been named associate dean for clinical and translational research at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM). Brubaker is an internationally recognized leader in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive pelvic surgery. She also serves as a professor in the department of obstetrics & gynecology and urology and as director of the division of female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery at Loyola University Health System (LUHS).

"Linda is a renowned clinician and researcher who is fully equipped to further build and energize Loyola's clinical and translational research program," said Richard H. Kennedy, PhD, vice president for health sciences research, senior associate dean for research and professor of pharmacology and experimental therapeutics and cell and molecular physiology at SSOM. "Her experience and significant contributions to health care and clinical studies make her an excellent choice for this position."

Brubaker's goal in this new role is to significantly grow clinical and translational research initiatives at LUHS.

"I welcome this challenge to advance Loyola's thriving clinical and translational research program," said Brubaker. "My colleagues and I look forward to continuing to bring medical advances to the communities and patients that need them."

Brubaker also plans to expand Loyola's medical student research education programs, including the Student Training in Approaches to Research Scholarship and the MD with Honors in Research Program.

In 2000, Brubaker was recruited to LUHS to begin the Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery Program. This program joins the discipline of gynecology and urology in order to expand the treatment choices available to women with pelvic floor disorders.

In addition to being a National Institutes of Health-funded investigator in her own right, Brubaker sits on various committees within the NIH. She also is the recipient of several honors and awards and the author of numerous scholarly articles in her field. Brubaker also is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Urogynecologic Society, the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons (incoming President), the Society of Pelvic Surgeons and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Brubaker earned her medical degree from Rush University/Rush Medical College in Chicago, Ill., where she also completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency as well as a fellowship in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. Brubaker also earned her masters of science in clinical research design and statistical analysis from University of Michigan.


About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, 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 a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.