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Friday, September 22, 2017

Neurologist Matthew Wodziak MD, Specialist in Movement Disorders, Joins Loyola Medicine

MAYWOOD, IL –  Matthew Wodziak, MD, a neurologist who specializes in Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders, has joined Loyola Medicine.

Movement disorders are characterized by abnormal or uncontrolled movements. In addition to Parkinson's disease, they include essential tremor, dystonia, Huntington's disease, Tourette syndrome, spasticity, tardive syndromes and ataxia.

Dr. Wodziak sees patients at the Loyola Outpatient Center in Maywood, Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge and Loyola Center for Health at Oakbrook Terrace.

Dr. Wodziak said movement disorders can be treated with medications, exercise and physical, occupational and speech therapy.

Working with Loyola neurosurgeon Douglas Anderson, MD, Dr. Wodziak will offer deep brain stimulation (DBS) to select Parkinson's, essential tremor and dystonia patients whose symptoms are not adequately controlled by medications. In the DBS procedure, Dr. Anderson inserts an electrode (thin insulated wire) into the brain. The electrode delivers mild electrical signals that effectively reorganize the brain's electrical impulses.

"Deep brain stimulation can result in dramatically improved symptoms and lower medication doses," Dr. Wodziak said. "But it is an underutilized tool."

Dr. Wodziak said he tries to get to know each of his patients and understand the challenges they face every day. "I want patients to walk out feeling they have been educated about their condition and have an ally in directing their care and helping them along on their journey."

Dr. Wodziak earned his medical degree from Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. He completed a residency in neurology at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and a two-year fellowship in movement disorders at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Wodziak is an assistant professor in the department of neurology of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

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.