Friday, August 28, 2009

Loyola Names New Medical Director of Liver Transplantation Program

Dr. Joseph Ahn will also serve as associate chief of hepatology services

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Dr. Joseph Ahn has been named medical director of the liver transplantation program at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

"I'm pleased to be a member of the Loyola team. This medical center is committed to expanding quality access to transplant services, which will become more of a need for patients as our population ages," said Ahn, who is also assistant professor, Department of Medicine, Stritch School of Medicine.

Ahn has also been named associate chief of hepatology services at Loyola University Hospital.

Ahn's professional interests include hepatitis and liver transplantation. He is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology. He is a member of the American Gastroenterological Association, the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, the American College of Gastroenterology, American College of Physicians and the European Association for the Study of the Liver.

A resident of Chicago, Ahn began his affiliation with Loyola in July 2009. He received his medical degree in 2000 from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Evanston, Ill. He completed an internship in internal medicine in 2001 and a residency in internal medicine in 2003, both at the University of Chicago Medical Center in Chicago. In 2006, he completed a fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology at the Feinberg School of Medicine. In 2008, Ahn completed a master of science in clinical investigation degree at Northwestern University.

Ahn comes to Loyola from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago where he served in the section of hepatology and the department of internal medicine. He was also the associate program director of the gastroenterology/hepatology fellowship program.

Ahn has published dozens of research articles, abstracts and reviews in peer-reviewed journals, and is co-author of Radiation Colopathy and Proctopathy: In The Colon.

He is fluent in Korean and holds black belts in Tae Kwon Do and Kendo.

Ahn cares for patients at Loyola Outpatient Center and Loyola University Hospital, both at 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood.

To schedule an appointment with Ahn or any other Loyola physician, call toll-free (888) LUHS-888 and ask for extension 7100.

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.