Monday, June 6, 2011

Loyola Names Chair of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Gynecologic oncologist to lead department

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Loyola University Health System (LUHS) has named Ronald K. Potkul, MD, as chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology effective July 1, 2011. Dr. Potkul assumes this role after serving as the department’s interim chair since April 2010. He also serves as director of Clinical Gynecology Services and Gynecologic Oncology at LUHS and as a professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM). “Dr. Potkul has demonstrated his dedication and vision for the department during his tenure at Loyola,” said Richard L. Gamelli, MD, FACS, senior vice president and provost of Health Sciences, SSOM. “As chair, he will lead efforts to enhance the obstetrics and gynecology academic programs in research and education as well as clinical services at Loyola University Medical Center and at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital.” Dr. Potkul joined LUHS in 1992 and has held a variety of roles within the department. As the director of Gynecologic Oncology, he established a renowned clinical practice. Dr. Potkul’s academic activities have included research and education with participation in federally funded cancer studies. He also has served as the fellowship director and residency program director.

Dr. Potkul has led research efforts that have resulted in several peer-reviewed grants and publications. He has received numerous awards including the ACOG National Faculty Award and the Outstanding Faculty Teacher of the Year Award. Dr. Potkul has been named to Chicago Magazine’s “Top Doctors” list every year since 1997. He also is an active member of several professional societies. Dr. Potkul received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and graduated from University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine where he did his residency. Dr. Potkul also completed a gynecologic oncology fellowship with Georgetown University Medical Center.

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.