Monday, June 24, 2013

Loyola Physician Elected President of U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative

MAYWOOD, Ill. - Steve M. Gnatz, MD, MHA, director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Loyola University Medical Center, has begun a two-year term as president of the U. S. Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI).

The multidisciplinary initiative focuses on improving the quality of life of people with bone and joint disorders, as well as research, prevention and education.

“We are tremendously proud that Dr. Gnatz has been selected for this important leadership role,” said Terry Light, MD, chair of Loyola’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation.

Musculoskeletal (bone and joint) conditions cost an estimated $849 billion per year in the United States. Gnatz said that as president, he will have an opportunity to work with many diverse organizations committed to maximizing health and minimizing pain and disabilities associated with musculoskeletal disorders.

“By helping to provide better diagnosis, treatment, education and support, USBJI is in a unique position to better the human condition," Gnatz said. “I look forward to being a part of that movement."

Dr. Gnatz said his priorities include gaining a better understanding of members’ interests and looking for ways to serve those interests while advancing USBJI’s mission.

The USBJI recently launched the Chronic Osteoarthritis Management Initiative (COAMI) Work Group to help change and improve the current approach to managing osteoarthritis. Work Group members identified seven priority actions. In November, the USBJI will sponsor a musculoskeletal summit in Washington, D.C. The theme is “Best Practices in Patient-Centered Musculoskeletal Care."

Gnatz went to medical school at the University of Illinois’ College of Medicine and did his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Baylor University College of Medicine. His special interests include musculoskeletal medicine, electrodiagnostic medicine and rehabilitation.

Gnatz,  who lives in Wheaton, Ill., came to Loyola in 2004. He is division director, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and medical director of Rehabilitation Services.

For more information on USBJI and its programs, visit

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.