Monday, December 28, 2009

Loyola Spine Researcher Honored by North American Spine Society

MAYWOOD, Il. -- Researcher Avinash Patwardhan, Ph.D., of Loyola University Health System, a leading expert on the biomechanics of the human spine, has won a top honor from the North American Spine Society.

Patwardhan received the society's 2009 Henry Farfan Award "in recognition of outstanding contributions in spine-related basic science research." Dr. Charles Branch Jr., president of the spine society, said Patwardhan's dedication to spine care and leadership within the society "is a testament to our mission of fostering the highest quality, evidence-based and ethical spine care for our patients."

Patwardhan, a biomechanical engineer, is a professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and director of the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Laboratory at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital.

Patwardhan developed a model to test new surgical techniques and technologies on cadaver spines. His technique simulates the complex action of muscles that stabilize the trunk. The technique increasingly is being used by researchers world wide.

"The ultimate goal of our research is to improve the quality of life of people who suffer painful degenerative conditions and fractures in the spine," Patwardhan said.

Patwardhan lives in Wheaton, Ill.

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