Thursday, April 9, 2009

Loyola Pathologist Honored by College of American Pathologists

Dr. Maria M. Picken Cited for Work on Amyloidosis Disease

MAYWOOD -- The College of American Pathologists has honored Loyola University Health System pathologist Maria M. Picken, MD, PhD, for her work on the rare disease amyloidosis. Amyloidosis is a potentially fatal disease that occurs when substances called amyloid proteins build up in organs such as the heart, kidneys, liver and spleen. The college awarded Picken its Pathologist Spotlight Service Award in recognition of her dedication to the specialty and for serving as a medical advisor to Amyloidosis Support Groups, Inc. The organization, based in Wood Dale, Il., serves amyloidosis support groups throughout the country.

"Her warm and compassionate manner to help educate patients about this often debilitating disease is inspirational," said Dr. Robert Breckenridge, a member of the college's board of governors. Picken is a professor in the Department of Pathology and director of renal pathology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. She has published 140 research papers. Her subspecialty is kidney disease. She is president-elect of the Renal Pathology Society and a member of the advisory board of the American Society of Nephrology. Amyloidosis is difficult to diagnose. It requires an examination of tissue specimens by a pathologist and a clinical exam by the patient's doctor.

"As a pathologist, I diagnose amyloidosis and know how important it is for patients to understand this disease so that they can evaluate treatment options and make lifestyle changes, if necessary," Picken said.

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.