Friday, November 9, 2012

Loyola Expands Hepatology Services to Dearborn Station

Advanced Liver Disease Care Now Available in a Convenient, Chicago Neighborhood

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Loyola University Health System (LUHS) has expanded its hepatology services, with physicians now available at the new Loyola Hepatology Clinic in the Dearborn Station building in the Printers’ Row neighborhood of Chicago.

Scott Cotler, MD, professor of medicine and division director of Hepatology; Jamie Berkes, MD; and Eric Kallwitz, MD; now see patients at the Loyola Hepatology Clinic in Mercy Medical at Dearborn Station, 47 W. Polk, Chicago.

“Patients in the South Loop can now receive comprehensive liver-care services from a leading liver specialist without having to travel from their neighborhood,” said Larry Goldberg, president and CEO, LUHS. “Loyola has a national reputation for specialized care and we are pleased to offer clinics throughout Illinois."

Dr. Cotler specializes in management of cirrhosis, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, liver cancer and other causes of chronic liver disease. Renowned for his clinical translational research in liver disease, Dr. Cotler has more than 70 peer-reviewed publications. He has established a statewide liver-referral system for transplantation.  In addition to the South Loop location, Loyola offers hepatology services at offices in Moline, Peoria, Rockford, Burr Ridge, Homer Glen, Elmhurst, Park Ridge and Maywood as well as in Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood.

Dr. Cotler received his medical degree from University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine, and completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Chicago medical center. He completed a fellowship in gastroenterology at Rush University Medical Center and another fellowship in hepatology at the University of Washington Medical Center. He served as chief of the section of Hepatology at University of Illinois Medical Center and professor of medicine at UIC.

Dr. Berkes is medical director of Liver Transplantation at Loyola. He received his medical degree from the University of Iowa and completed his residency, fellowship and internship at University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago.

Dr. Kallwitz received his medical degree from Rush Medical College of Rush University and completed a residency in internal medicine at University of Chicago medical center. He completed fellowships in gastroenterology, hepatology and transplant hepatology at the University of Illinois Medical Center.

Dr. Cotler, Dr. Berkes and Dr. Kallwitz are board certified in internal medicine, gastroenterology and transplant hepatology.

To make an appointment with a Loyola hepatologist in Dearborn Station, or your choice of location, call 85-LIVERDOC (855-483-7362. To make an appointment online, please visit loyolamedicine.org.

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.