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Monday, October 16, 2017

Marc Singer, MD, Specialist in Minimally Invasive Colon and Rectal Surgery, Joins Loyola Medicine

MAYWOOD, IL –  Colon and rectal surgeon Marc Singer, MD, who uses minimally invasive techniques in most of his surgeries, has joined Loyola Medicine.

Dr. Singer treats colon and rectal cancer; inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis; anal and rectal disease, including hemorrhoids, fistulas and fissures; fecal incontinence; and diverticulitis. He sees patients at the Loyola Outpatient Center and Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center in Maywood.

By employing a full array of the latest laparoscopic techniques, Dr. Singer is able to perform minimally invasive procedures in about 80 percent of his surgeries, which is significantly higher than the national average. These techniques result in smaller incisions and scars, less pain, shorter hospital stays and faster recoveries.

Dr. Singer is among a select group of surgeons who perform an advanced, minimally invasive technique called endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) to remove large colorectal growths called polyps that are or will become cancerous. Rather than performing invasive open surgery to remove the polyps, Dr. Singer uses a long narrow instrument that is passed through the rectum. There are no incisions and the patient goes home the same day or next day. Dr. Singer travelled to Japan three times to learn the technique.

Many of the conditions Dr. Singer treats are embarrassing to patients, so he said he is careful to be sensitive to their concerns and to protect their privacy.

"I try hard to listen to what patients are saying," he said. "I do a lot more listening than talking."

Dr. Singer earned his medical degree and completed a residency in general surgery at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He completed a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at Washington University Medical Center.

Dr. Singer is an associate professor in the division of colon and rectal surgery in the department of surgery at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He is board certified in general surgery and colon and rectal surgery.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, 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. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.