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 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.