Friday, January 9, 2009

Loyola Names New Chairman of Department of Medicine

Dr. David W. Hecht plans to focus on making department a leader in research

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- A renowned infectious disease clinician and researcher and a recognized leader in academic medicine, Dr. David W. Hecht, has been named chairman of the Department of Medicine at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

"David's more than 20 years' experience in academic medicine and research makes him an excellent choice to lead one of the most complex, demanding positions on our campus," said Dr. Jack Lee, dean of Stritch School of Medicine. "I look forward to working with David to build a strong department of medicine and to strengthen the working relationships between our clinical and basic science departments and institutes."

As chairman, Hecht will have administrative responsibility over the largest department within the Stritch School of Medicine, which includes 11 specialties, seven research institutes, 165 full-time faculty, 77 part-time faculty 69 fellows and 116 medical residents.

"I'm thrilled and honored but I feel it's important to point out that this department wouldn’t be where it is without the efforts of its previous leadership," said Hecht, who has served as interim director of the department since May, 2008. "What I'm most excited about, though, is to have the opportunity to build research programs with the department becoming a leader in research over the next several years."

Hecht is also co-director of the Infectious Disease & Immunology Institute, and professor and director of infectious disease at Stritch School of Medicine and Edward J. Hines Jr. VA Hospital. He is certified by the American Board of Medicine. His special interests include antibiotic resistant bacteria, HIV and general infectious diseases. He is a member of the American College of Physicians, past president of the Anaerobe Society of the Americas and a fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America.

Hecht has published a numerous scholarly articles in both basic and clinical sciences, and has been a guest lecturer at dozens of medical symposiums and conventions worldwide. His current research focuses on antibiotic resistance in bacteria and he has been a leader in the development of international testing guidelines for anaerobic bacterial strains.

Hecht earned his masters degree in microbiology in 1979 at the University of Missouri, Columbia and medical degree in 1982 at Stritch School of Medicine. In 1985, he completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis followed by his fellowship in infectious disease and geographic medicine at Tufts University, Boston. He joined the faculty at Stritch School of Medicine and Hines VA in 1988.

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.