Monday, August 11, 2014

Melissa Bussey, MD, a specialist in allergy, immunology and rheumatology, joins Loyola

MAYWOOD, Ill. (Aug. 11, 2014) – Melissa Bussey, MD, has joined Loyola University Medical Center as an assistant professor in the division of Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology.

Bussey treats rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases. She said there have been significant advances in her specialty in the last 10 years. “It’s a totally different field,” she said.

For example, new medications have greatly improved the quality of life of patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

“When we see these patients early, we can prevent disability,” Bussey said. “They can live normal lives, without pain and joint deformity."

Bussey grew up in Chicago Heights, Ill. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin and earned her medical degree at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. She completed a residency in internal medicine at Loyola, where she was chief resident.

She also completed a fellowship in rheumatology at Loyola.

Bussey is an assistant professor in the Division of Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology in the Department of Medicine at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.
She lives in River Forest.

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 that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, 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.

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