Friday, February 24, 2012

Loyola Radiologist to Receive Gold Medal From Chicago Radiological Society

MAYWOOD, Ill.  -- The Chicago Radiological Society will present Loyola radiologist Kathleen A. Ward, MD, FACR, with the Distinguished Service Award, the society's highest honor.

The award, also known as the Gold Medal, will be presented to Dr. Ward at the April 19 CRS Meeting. The award recognizes her outstanding leadership in organized medicine on local, state and national levels and her many years of dedicated service to radiology.

Dr. Ward is medical director of breast imaging and women's health imaging and an associate professor in the Department of Radiology of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Dr. Ward was born in Chicago, the eldest of seven daughters. She received a degree in chemistry from Mundelein College in 1971 and a master’s degree in biological chemistry from the University of Illinois at the Medical Center.  She received her medical degree from Loyola, where she also completed a diagnostic radiology residency and postgraduate fellowship in Computed Tomography and Ultrasound.

After nearly 20 years of private practice, she returned to Loyola in 2004. Dr. Ward is a member of the Breast Executive Committee, chairs the Outside Film Review Policy Committee and serves on the departmental Resident Selection, Education and Quality Assurance Committees.

Dr. Ward is past president of the Chicago Radiological and Illinois Radiological Societies. She long has been active in state and local chapters of the American College of Radiology. She first became involved in the Chicago Radiological Society during her residency, when she was elected the founding secretary of the Resident Physician Section. This was the first such radiology society resident physician section in the country. It later became the basis of the American College of Radiology’s Resident and Fellow Section. Dr. Ward also was the first resident to serve on the Chicago Radiological Society’s Nominating Committee.

Dr. Ward has been a member of the Chicago Radiological Society Executive Committee since 1995 and of the Illinois Radiological Society Executive Committee since 1998. She has served on or chaired nearly every CRS and IRS committee, and now chairs the Fellowship Committee of the Illinois Radiological Society. Dr. Ward has been active in the American College of Radiology, having served on the Council as either state Alternate Councilor or Councilor since 2000. She has also contributed to the ACR Clinical Image Evaluation Subcommittee as an ultrasound image reviewer. Dr. Ward was honored with Fellowship status in the ACR in 2000.

Dr. Ward is past president of the American Association for Women Radiologists. She has served on or chaired nearly all AAWR standing committees and is former president of the AAWR Research and Education Foundation. For three years she was editor of the AAWR quarterly newsletter FOCUS, while chairing the AAWR Public Relations Committee.

Dr. Ward is a longtime member of the Radiological Society of North America and has served on several RSNA committees.

Dr. Ward has contributed several publications in peer-reviewed immunology, medicine and radiology journals and co-authored a book chapter on clonally restricted interactions among T and B cell subclasses in the regulation of the immune response. Dr. Ward currently serves as a manuscript reviewer for the American Journal of Roentgenology. 

Dr. Ward and her husband, Dr. Mark Reiter, an internist and geriatrician, live in Palos Park, Ill. Their daughter Elizabeth is an opera singer. She recently completed studies at the renowned Curtis Institute of Music. She lives in Germany, where she is a member of Oper Frankfurt. Their son Daniel is a senior at the University of Illinois in Champaign. He is majoring in history and works as an on-air sports reporter, blogger and anchor for the Daily Illini and WPGU-FM radio station. Not surprisingly,  Dr. Ward and her husband are big fans of classical music and Chicago sports teams.

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.