Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Loyola establishes new division of Hepatology

Hepatologists Dr. Scott Cotler, Dr. Eric Kallwitz, Dr. Jamie Berkes (bottom row, left to right) and Dr. Natasha Walzer (top row, second from right) join Dr. Philip Wai (from right), Dr. Amy Lu and Dr. Paul Kuo of the Liver Transplant team.

Loyola University Health System and the Stritch School of Medicine are expanding hepatology services with the addition of five physicians and three researchers. They will become part of the newly established Division of Hepatology, focused on the care of patients with liver disease, liver transplantation and liver research.

Scott Cotler, MD, has been named division director of Hepatology of LUHS and professor, SSOM. Dr. Cotler was recruited from the University of Illinois (UIC) Hospital and Health Science System where he was chief of the Section of Hepatology. He joined Loyola Aug. 1.

“Through Dr. Cotler’s leadership, Loyola’s new hepatology division will be a game-changer in the treatment of liver disease and the care of liver patients not just at Loyola but throughout the region,” said Larry Goldberg, president and CEO, LUHS.

Also coming from the UIC medical center are physicians Jamie Berkes, MD, medical director, Liver Transplant; Eric Kallwitz, MD; and Natasha Walzer, MD. Joining the Loyola hepatology team from the University of Michigan Health System is Steve Scaglione, MD.

Thomas Layden, MD, will be named professor of medicine, SSOM, and will be responsible for conducting clinical research trials in hepatology, gastrointestinal and infectious diseases. Dr. Layden was recruited from the UIC medical center where he served as head of the Department of Medicine and preceded Dr. Cotler as the director of the liver program.

“Dr. Layden's reputation as a clinician and researcher is well-established in the Chicago area and beyond. We are pleased that he will bring his leadership and experience to our hepatology research team,” Goldberg said.

Susan Uprichard, PhD, has been named director of hepatology research at Loyola. She and Harel Dahari, PhD, will conduct research focusing on viral hepatitis B and C infection. Both were at UIC medical center and joined Loyola Sept. 1.

“When Trinity Health acquired Loyola University Health System in July 2011, a key goal was to strengthen Loyola’s national presence as a standard bearer in advanced specialty care,” said Dr. David W. Hecht, chair, Department of Medicine at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. “Our decision to add these highly regarded hepatologists and preeminent researchers to our team will elevate Loyola’s competitive standing and allow our patients to receive comprehensive liver-care services from some of the most talented physicians in the region.

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.