Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Loyola Med Student Publishes Seven Research Papers

"It's an Outstanding Achievement," Mentor says

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Angela Kelle hasn't finished medical school yet, but already has published seven studies in peer-reviewed medical journals.

Ms. Kelle is a fourth-year medical student at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and will graduate with Honors in Research. She lives in Forest Park.

"It is very, rare for a student to have published this many papers," said Kelle's mentor, Dr. Linda Brubaker, associate dean for clinical and translational research at Stritch. "It is an outstanding achievement."

Ms. Kelle is first author of two published studies and co-author of five published studies in such journals as Annals of Thoracic Surgery and Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. She is first author of an eighth paper that has been accepted for publication.

Kelle's research focuses on surgical outcomes in pediatric heart patients. She was inspired by her cousin's daughter, who was born with a congenital defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome.

While she was an undergraduate at Northwestern University, Kelle began doing medical research at Children's Memorial Hospital under the guidance of Dr. Carl Backer, division head of cardiovascular-thoracic surgery. Throughout medical school, she has continued doing research at Children's during breaks and summer vacations.

Kelle plans to become a pediatrician, and would like to continue to conduct research at an academic medical center. "Research is an excellent way to contribute to the field," she said. "I find it very rewarding."

Stritch faculty members encourage and mentor student researchers. Research opportunities include an eight-week summer program called Student Training in Approaches to Research (STAR). Mentors guide student research projects and help them prepare research proposals and applications.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part 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 a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.