Monday, July 30, 2007

Loyola's Surgery Chair Takes Place Among Research Leaders On Nation's Center for Scientific Review

Richard Gamelli, MD, named to NIH's Surgery, Anesthesia and Trauma Study Section

(MAYWOOD, Ill.) JULY 30, 2007 - As one of the nation's leading authorities on burn injury and its treatment, Dr. Richard Gamelli, chair of the Department of Surgery, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, is a sought-after lecturer at numerous scientific meetings and a distinguished leader in the world of trauma research.

Now Gamelli's contributions to medical research have attracted the attention of leaders at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This month, Gamelli begins a four-year term as member of the NIH Center for Scientific Review's Surgery, Anesthesia and Trauma Study Section.

"During his 17 years at Loyola, Richard Gamelli has significantly advanced this area of discovery," said Paul K. Whelton, MD, MSc, chairman and chief executive officer, Loyola University Health System. "Dr. Gamelli's leadership in burn research has improved the lives of countless patients and has made our Burn Unit one the finest in the nation. Now, his strong knowledge as both an investigator and a clinician will help to advance the national biomedical research effort," Whelton added.

In his role with the NIH, Gamelli, who is also director of Loyola University Chicago's Burn and Shock Trauma Institute and the Robert J. Freeark, M.D., Professor of Trauma Surgery, will review grant applications submitted to the NIH, make recommendations on these applications to the appropriate NIH national advisory council or board, and survey the status of research in the fields of surgery, anesthesia and trauma.

For more than six decades, the Center for Scientific Review has maintained the same mission: to see that the NIH grant applications receive fair, independent, expert and timely reviews - free from inappropriate influences - so NIH can fund the most promising research.

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.