Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Loyola hosts visiting orthopaedic surgeons from Southeast Asia

MAYWOOD, Ill. (June 17, 2014) – On June 12th, Loyola University Medical Center hosted four of Southeast Asia’s top orthopaedic surgeons.

They are Hein Latt Win, MD, of Myanmar, who specializes in hip replacements; Istan Irsan, MD, of Indonesia (orthopaedic tumors); Azura Mansor, MD, of Malaysia (orthopaedic tumors); and Chia-Liang Ang, MD, of Singapore (orthopaedic tumors and hip/knee replacements).

The physicians are participating in a traveling fellowship program sponsored by the American Orthopaedic Association and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

“We feel privileged to host some of the best and brightest orthopaedic surgeons from Southeast Asia,” said Terry Light, MD, chair of Loyola’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation. “They each have huge responsibilities for very large patient populations. It was an eye-opening experience for our residents to see the challenges these surgeons face and the great work that they do."

There are about 20,000 orthopaedic surgeons in the United States serving about 320 million people. By comparison, there are only 600 orthopaedic surgeons in Indonesia serving 250 million people.

“It puts American practice in perspective,” Light said.

The visiting surgeons gave Grand Rounds talks, attended the Chairman’s Hour and toured Loyola’s campus. They also found time to take a Frank Lloyd Wright architectural tour in Oak Park.

“We learned a lot of things here that we will bring back home,” Ang said.
In addition to Loyola, the surgeons are visiting the University of Iowa, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin, Northwestern University and University of Nebraska.

They also will attend the 2014 combined meeting of the American Orthopaedic Association and Canadian Orthopaedic Association in Montreal.

“The entire trip has been a great experience,” Mansor said.

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.