Loyola Holds First Annual Surgical Oncology Lecture | Loyola Medicine
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Loyola to hold first annual Gerard V. Aranha, MD Surgical Oncology Lectureship

MAYWOOD, Ill.  – An annual lectureship in surgical oncology has been established in the name of Gerard V. Aranha, MD, a Loyola University Medical cancer surgeon and a professor in the Department of Surgery of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Dr. Aranha said having a lectureship in his name is a great honor. “Each year, we will invite a top expert in the field to come to Loyola to share new ideas with attending physicians, residents and medical students about advances in cancer treatment,” Dr. Aranha said.

The first annual Gerard V. Aranha, MD Surgical Oncology Lectureship will be held Sept. 9. Guest speaker is Charles J. Yeo, MD, a cancer surgeon and chair of the Department of Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Dr. Yeo is one of the world’s top surgeons performing the Whipple procedure for pancreatic cancer patients.

Dr. Aranha was born in Bangalore, India.  He attended St Joseph's Boys High School and College and obtained his medical degree from Bangalore Medical College. Dr. Aranha earned a medical degree and completed an internship at Bangalore Medical School. He completed a residency in general surgery at Loyola and a fellowship in surgical oncology at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Aranha was director of Loyola’s Breast Care Center, associate director of the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center and chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology. He also served as chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology and General Surgery at Hines VA Hospital.

Dr. Aranha has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, and is well known and highly regarded for his clinical acumen and outstanding surgical skills. His expertise includes pancreatic and esophageal cancers.

In 2003, Dr Aranha received the Distinguished Service Award from the Association of VA Surgeons, and in 2009 he received Loyola’s Stritch Medal, the highest honor to an alumnus or staff member. In 2015, Newsweek magazine named Dr. Aranha to its list of Top Cancer Doctors.

Dr. Aranha is past president of the C.B. Puestow Surgical Society, Chicago Surgical Society, Illinois Surgical Society and Midwest Surgical Association and vice president of the Western Surgical Association.

Dr. Aranha and his wife Rose have five children and seven grandchildren. He lives in Oak Brook, Ill. and attends Visitation Church in Elmhurst.

To RSVP, contact bramirez@lumc.edu.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, 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. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.