Thursday, May 3, 2012

Loyola Head and Neck Cancer Expert Brings Skills in Transoral Robotic Surgery

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Carol Bier-Laning, MD, brings her expertise in the treatment of head and neck cancer and transoral robotic surgery to Loyola University Health System. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

She is an integral part of a clinic at Loyola’s Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center that offers treatment options to people diagnosed with head and neck cancer. This includes transoral robotic surgery, which is less invasive and can be used to remove benign and some malignant tumors in adults.

Most recently, Bier-Laning was the Otolaryngology Section Chief at Edward Hines, Jr., VA Hospital. She earned her medical degree from the University of Colorado and completed her residencies in general surgery and otolaryngology at the University of Minnesota. She completed a fellowship in head and neck surgery as well as a research fellowship at Ohio State University.

She has received numerous grants and served as principal investigator for several leading-edge research initiatives in relation to head and neck cancer treatments. She has been widely published in medical journals and has served as a reviewer for the Archives of Otolaryngology, Laryngoscope and Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

She is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, the American Head and Neck Society and the Chicago Laryngological and Otological Society.

She is a sought-after teacher, lecturer and speaker. She was the director of the Peter J. Girgis Annual Otolaryngology Resident Research Competition , in which Loyola medical residents were recognized for their otolaryngology research presentations.

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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 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 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 92 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities - that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.