Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine Appoints Interim Chairman of Surgery

Dr. Steven A. De Jong will lead a department with a long history of innovation, excellence

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Dr. Steven A. De Jong, 50, has been named interim chairman of the department of surgery at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

"Dr. De Jong is an accomplished surgeon whose longtime commitment to Loyola and the school of medicine makes him the ideal person to become our new chief of surgery," said Dr. Paul K. Whelton, president and CEO of Loyola University Health System (LUHS). "I'm confident that Dr. De Jong's appointment will allow us to continue to deliver on Loyola's mission to provide the highest quality care to patients."

De Jong replaces Dr. Richard Gamelli, founder of Loyola's Burn Institute, and who stepped down after 19 years to assume the role of dean of Stritch School of Medicine.

A resident of Willowbrook, De Jong began his affiliation with Loyola as a medical student in 1980 and as a research assistant in 1982. In 1984, he received his medical degree from the Stritch School of Medicine, where he completed his surgical residency training from 1985 to 1989. In 1990, he completed a fellowship in endocrine surgery at Stritch.

In 1994, he was appointed chief of endocrine surgery at Loyola, where he was also named associate professor of clinical surgery in 1995. In 2002, he was appointed chief of the division of general surgery at Loyola, professor of surgery at Stritch, and vice chair of clinical affairs in the department of surgery.

De Jong is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a member and frequent officer of a large number of professional organizations, including the American College of Surgeons, Central Surgical Association, Western Surgical Association, Midwest Surgical Association and the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons.

Currently, De Jong is the surgeon medical director of perioperative services of LUHS and an active clinician, educator and administrator with a genuine commitment to research. He actively participates on many hospital and medical school committees and has made a number of presentations, published dozens of articles in peer-reviewed journals and has co-authored four books.

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.