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 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.