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 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 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 92 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities - that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.