Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Loyola University Health System Gains GI Surgical Oncology Specialist

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Gerard J. Abood, MD, MS, brings his expertise in Gastrointestinal Surgical Oncology to Loyola University Health System. He also is an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

His medical interests include surgical oncology for the treatment of cancer in the esophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas, bile duct, small bowel and colon as well as laparoscopy and robot-assisted surgery for GI malignancy.

Dr. Abood is certified by the American Board of Surgery. He earned his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health. He completed his residency in general surgery as well as a research fellowship in tumor biology at Loyola University Medical Center. He finished his fellowship training in Surgical Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center with a special focus in minimally invasive approaches to complex GI malignancy.

He is active in cancer research and design of novel clinical trials for GI cancer. He has had several articles published in scholarly journals and is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Society of Surgical Oncology, Association of Academic Surgery, the American College of Surgeons and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.

Dr. Abood sees patients at the main medical center campus in Maywood. To make an appointment, please call 888.LUHS.888 or visit

For media inquiries, please contact Evie Polsley at or call (708) 216-5313 or (708) 417-5100.

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 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 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 92 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities - that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.