Monday, April 19, 2010

Loyola Appoints Senior Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research

Dr. Linda Brubaker to take on new research responsibilities

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Linda Brubaker, MD, has been named senior associate dean for clinical and translational research at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM). Dr. Brubaker is an internationally recognized leader in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive pelvic surgery. She also serves as a professor in the Departments 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’s skills and contributions to the organization and the health-care profession make her the ideal person to further lead Loyola’s clinical and translational research program,” said Richard L. Gamelli, MD, FACS, dean, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and senior vice president, LUHS. “I am certain that her constructive energy, expertise and dedication will continue to advance research at Loyola.”

Dr. Brubaker's goal in this new role will be to further grow clinical and translational research initiatives at LUHS. She will oversee medical student research education programs, the clinical trials office, the Institutional Review Board and the Dean's Office Clinical Scholars (DOCS) Program, which stimulates research productivity in clinical faculty members. Dr. Brubaker also will serve as an advisor for strategic planning and implementation of targeted improvements in research infrastructure, faculty recruitment and Loyola’s research institutes and programs. In this role, she also will join the dean’s leadership team, which includes the other senior associate deans of education, the associate deans of finance and information systems and the assistant dean of development.

"I welcome this challenge to further enhance Loyola's thriving clinical and translational research program," Dr. Brubaker said. "This is an exciting time to be part of research at Loyola. Our work continues to shape medicine and bring advances to those in need."

In 2000, Dr. 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, Dr. 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. Dr. 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.

Dr. 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. Dr. 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.