Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Loyola physicians named doctors of U.S. Hockey Team

Physicians expect to see collision injuries during Winter World University Games

MAYWOOD, Ill. – USA Hockey announced that two Loyola University Health System physicians will be the official team doctors for the men’s and women’s teams at the Winter World University Games, Dec. 10-21 in Trentino, Italy.

Haemi Choi, MD, will be the team doctor for the Women’s National University Hockey Team while Douglas Evans, MD, will care for the 2013 U.S. Men’s National University Hockey Team. Dr. Evans also served as the men’s doctor at the 2011 Winter World University Games in Turkey.

“It was an honor to be appointed again to care for the team during the Winter Games,” Dr. Evans said. “Hockey is an extremely physical sport, so we expect to be busy treating collision injuries throughout the games."

Dr. Evans is an orthopaedic surgeon and an assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Choi is a sports medicine physician and an assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Evans and Dr. Choi expect to treat a variety of injuries during the games, including concussions, cuts, lacerations and shoulder issues.

“Dr. Evans and I will be able to bring Loyola surgical and medical expertise to the frontlines of competitive hockey,” Dr. Choi said. “We look forward to providing care as injuries happen to ensure the team is physically equipped to meet the challenges of the Winter Games."

The U.S. squads are composed of players from collegiate ice hockey teams affiliated with the American Collegiate Hockey Association. The men opened play against Sweden winning 2-0. The women also won 4-2 against Russia on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Dr. Evans and Dr. Choi attended the opening ceremonies on Wednesday, Dec. 11. Pope Francis lit the torch for the games on Wednesday, Nov. 6, before the torch traveled to Italy’s main university cities and arrived in Trentino for the Winter Games.

The Winter World University Games are an international sporting and cultural festival held every two years. They are second only to the Olympic Games. Sixty countries and more than 3,600 athletes and staff plan to participate. In addition to hockey, the Winter Games include snowboarding, curling and skiing.

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 91 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.