Mark Kuczewski, PhD, Receives Education Award | Loyola Medicine
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Forest Park Resident, Mark Kuczewski, PhD, Receives Transformative Education Award from Loyola University Chicago

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Loyola University Chicago honored Forest Park resident, Mark Kuczewski, PhD, director of the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy and Chair of the Department of Medical Education at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He received the Transformative Education Award from the University’s Department of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.

Kuczewski was honored for his tireless efforts to help bring educational opportunities and equality to DREAMer students. Teaming with Linda Brubaker, MD, dean and chief diversity officer, Stritch School of Medicine, he was integral in Stritch becoming the first medical school in the nation to openly welcome undocumented students. He was integral in making seven DREAMer students’ dreams of attending medical school a reality and continues to work with other leaders to ensure they have the support they need to become successful physicians who give back to their communities.

“This award is an expression of the value that Loyola University Chicago places on equal educational opportunity for all qualified members of our community. It is humbling that the award is given to me when it is the faith and perseverance of the DREAMers that has made this accomplishment possible,” Kuczewski said.

The award is given to a faculty member who has demonstrated a commitment to student development and has gone beyond his or her administrative role to address the needs and concerns of underrepresented students.

“In his nearly 15 years at the University, Mark has been deeply and sincerely committed to Loyola’s mission, ‘working to expand knowledge in the service of humanity through learning, justice and faith.’ He has integrated a significant component of social justice content into the Stritch curriculum, making our medical school an exemplar across the country,” said nominator Kayhan Parsi, PhD.

Kuczewski was honored at Loyola’s Annual Diversity Awards Recognition Ceremony which highlights Loyola University Chicago students, alumni, faculty, and staff members who have contributed to the success of our diverse student population academically, spiritually, culturally and professionally. It also highlights outstanding individuals who have committed themselves to embracing diversity and social justice. 

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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.