Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Loyola Physician Appointed to International Pelvic Pain Society Board

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Colleen Fitzgerald, MD, MS, has been elected to the board of the International Pelvic Pain Society. In this role, Dr. Fitzgerald will help guide the organization, which serves as a forum for professional and public education on chronic pelvic pain. She also will help to recruit, organize and educate health-care professionals actively involved with the treatment of chronic pelvic pain.

Dr. Fitzgerald recently joined Loyola University Health System as the medical director for the Chronic Pelvic Pain Program. Her specialty is physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). Dr. Fitzgerald also is an associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Prior to this, she was the medical director of Women’s Health Rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Dr. Fitzgerald sees patients at Loyola Outpatient Center in Maywood. Her areas of clinical expertise and research include pregnancy-related pain disorders, pelvic pain, pelvic-floor dysfunction and pelvic rehabilitation.

Dr. Fitzgerald received her medical degree from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and completed her post-graduate training at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where she served as chief resident.

Dr. Fitzgerald will co-chair the upcoming 2013 World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Pain in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. She is an active member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Association of Academic Physiatrists, the American Urogynecologic Society and the International Pelvic Pain Society. She also serves on the Advisory Council for the Women’s Health Foundation in Chicago.

Chronic pelvic pain is one of the most common medical problems in women. It is characterized by pain in the pelvic region that lasts for more than six months. Many women do not respond to conventional medical or surgical treatment.

Loyola’s Chronic Pelvic Pain Program offers all of the expertise needed to manage these patients. The staff is composed of internists, gynecologists, urologists, gastroenterologists, physical therapists, psychologists, and physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists. Women interested in scheduling an appointment can call (888) LUHS-888 (888-584-7888) and ask for the Pelvic Pain Clinic.

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.