Psychologist Named Co-chair of International Expert Group

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Loyola Medicine Digestive Health Psychologist Sarah Kinsinger Named Co-chair of International Expert Group on GI Disorders

Sarah Kinsinger, PhD

MAYWOOD, IL –  Loyola Medicine health psychologist Sarah Kinsinger, PhD, ABPP, has co-founded the new Psychogastroenterology Section of the Rome Foundation, the first international organization dedicated to the research and practice of psychosocial gastroenterology.

Dr. Kinsinger is among a growing number of health psychologists who treat GI disorders that are strongly affected by stress, including irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease, functional heartburn, functional dyspepsia and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Kinsinger teaches patients coping strategies to manage their symptoms and reduce stress.

Dr. Kinsinger will co-chair the Rome Foundation's Psychogastroenterology Section, which is working to increase the availability of GI-trained mental health professionals around the world. The other co-chair is Laurie Keefer, PhD, of Mount Sinai Health System in New York City. 

The psychogastroenterology group will encourage the development of interdisciplinary psychosocial GI programs in GI practices; improve the visibility of psychosocial GI providers; and expand the field into understudied areas of psychogastroenterology, including inflammatory bowel diseases, pancreatitis and other complex digestive conditions.

Dr. Kinsinger is director of behavioral medicine for Loyola's digestive health program. "While psychological and behavioral interventions do not cure GI diseases, they can provide patients with effective, non-pharmacological treatment options that can greatly reduce the severity of their symptoms," Dr. Kinsinger said.

The Rome Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with functional GI disorders.

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 92 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 129,000 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.