Loyola Medicine Stroke Specialist Honored by AHA/ASA | Loyola Medicine
Monday, September 21, 2015

Loyola stroke specialist honored by American Heart Association / American Stroke Association

José Biller, MD, recognized for helping to improve health of multicultural communities

MAYWOOD, Ill. - Loyola University Medical Center stroke specialist José Biller, MD is among four Hispanic leaders being recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for their contributions to improving the health and well-being of multicultural communities.

Dr. Biller and the other three leaders are being recognized in conjunction with National Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15 – Oct. 15.

As a spokesperson/volunteer for the American Stroke Association, Dr. Biller participates in media tours, educational videos and national media efforts to generate stroke awareness among Hispanic audiences.

Also being recognized are Cuban-American attorney Alexander P. Almazan, church pastor Lucy Guzman and consultant Pegui Maridueña.

“As we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, we express gratitude to all four of these outstanding leaders for the difference they are making to improve patient outcomes and build risk-factor awareness in minority and underserved communities,” said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer at the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. “We are inspired by the example they set every day and their unwavering dedication as champions of multicultural health.”

Dr. Biller is an internationally known expert on stroke and other neurological disorders. Dr. Biller has given more than 500 lectures and presentations at scientific meetings around the world, and is an author of more than 500 scientific articles and studies. Dr. Biller is chief editor of the Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases, and an editorial board member and reviewer for other national and international journals and publications.

Dr. Biller grew up in Uruguay and went to medical school at the University of the Republic in Montevideo, Uruguay. He came to the United States in 1976. In 2013, Dr. Biller was named Foreign Academic Correspondent of the National Academy of Medicine in Uruguay. The honor from Uruguay’s most prestigious academic medical society recognized Dr. Biller’s teaching and scientific publications, as well as his moral and ethical accomplishments.

Dr. Biller is chair of 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.