Friday, May 11, 2012

Loyola Obesity Expert Advises Panel on Weight-Loss Devices

Safety and Effectiveness of Balloons and Bands Discussed

WHO:  Dr. Chand can discuss issues pertaining to clinically meaningful weight loss, measurement, length of patient follow-up and acceptable risk in relation to defined weight loss.

Dr. Chand is available for interviews at 2:30 p.m. today. Please call Stasia Thompson at (708) 417-5036.

WHAT:     Dr. Chand can discuss:

  • Today’s FDA advisory panel presentation on weight-loss device safety and efficacy
  • New Arena obesity drug favored today by the FDA
  • Trends in obesity and treatment

WHY:  An estimated 42 percent of Americans may be obese by 2030, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   Health effects will cost government $550 billion. Currently more than a third of Americans are obese and that number is rising, especially in men and the elderly.

Dr. Chand is a recognized leader, innovator and expert in obesity and weight-loss surgery. Before joining Loyola in April, Dr. Chand headed endoscopic surgery at the Cleveland Clinic.

The Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care at Melrose Park will open in July and will be headed by Dr. Chand.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, 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.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.