Monday, June 21, 2010

Loyola Names Department of Surgery Chair

Renowned researcher, educator and clinician to head department

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Paul C. Kuo, MD, has been named chair of the Department of Surgery and director of the Oncology Institute at Loyola University Health System (LUHS), effective October 15.

“Dr. Kuo is a recognized leader in cancer research, an innovator in medical education and a skilled clinician who will bring impeccable research and scholarly credentials to Loyola,” said Richard L. Gamelli, MD, FACS, dean of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and senior vice president of LUHS. “We look forward to the contributions that Dr. Kuo will make to the organization.”

Dr. Kuo will join Loyola from Duke University Medical Center where he is the chief of general surgery and vice chairman of research in the Department of Surgery. He has a practice in kidney transplant surgery, hepatobiliary surgery and advanced laproscopic surgery. Dr. Kuo also will bring to Loyola his ongoing research in cancers of the breast, colon and liver and will collaborate with researchers in the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center.

"I am pleased for the opportunity to join a world-class organization focused on research, education and patient care,” Dr. Kuo said. “I look forward to working with my new colleagues to build on Loyola’s well-respected surgery and oncology programs."

Dr. Kuo is a NIH-funded investigator who led research efforts at Duke University, which resulted in more than 20 peer-reviewed research grants and 24 industry-sponsored clinical trials. He also has been named one of the Best Doctors in America and one of America’s Top Surgeons by the Consumers’ Research Council of America. Dr. Kuo is a member of several surgical and medical societies and associations.

Prior to his role at Duke, Dr. Kuo held faculty positions at Stanford University Medical Center, University of Maryland Medical Center and Georgetown University Medical Center. He graduated from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine followed by an internship and residency in general surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard University. He also completed a fellowship in transplant/hepatobiliary surgery at Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital at Harvard University and two research fellowships at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kuo holds a MBA from the Carey Business School of Johns Hopkins University.

Steven DeJong, MD, has been serving as the acting chair of the Department of Surgery. He will continue to oversee and lead the department during this transition.

“Dr. DeJong has been an outstanding steward of the Department of Surgery,” said Dr. Gamelli, who also serves as chief of the Burn Center and director of the Burn & Shock Trauma Institute. “He guided the department with distinction in his many leadership roles, and he will continue to contribute as a superb teacher, clinician and colleague in the years ahead.”


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.