Tuesday, August 31, 2010

New Pediatric Urologist has a 'Passion' for His Specialty

Dr. Derek J. Matoka specializes in caring for patients with complex urological conditions

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Dr. Derek J. Matoka has joined the staff of the Department of Urology at Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Ill., where he will work with Dr. David Hatch in providing pediatric urological care.

Matoka also serves as an instructor in the Department of Urology and Pediatrics at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Hatch is a professor of pediatric urology in the same department.

During his residency training, Matoka discovered his passion for helping children overcome complicated urological health conditions.

"It was in my fifth year of residency that I was finally exposed to pediatric urology and it just clicked, there was something extra," said Matoka, a native of Pittsburgh. "I enjoyed working in the other urological specialties but I found a true passion in pediatric urology."

Matoka's professional interests include minimally invasive approaches to pediatric urological conditions, complex genitourinary reconstruction, stone disease and general pediatric urology. He is a member of the American Urological Association and the Endourological Society.

A resident of Pittsburgh, Matoka returned to Loyola to practice urology in August, 2010. He attended Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine at the beginning of his medical career where he received his medical degree in 2002. He then completed a urology residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in June, 2008. This was followed by a two year fellowship in pediatric urology at Children’s Memorial Hospital.

Matoka has published a number of peer-reviewed articles, abstracts and book chapters and reviews in several prestigious medical journals, including the Journal of Urology, BioMaterials, Canadian Journal of Urology, Journal of Endourology and Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Matoka has made presentations at the American Urological Association, American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society for Fetal Urology.

Matoka cares for patients at Loyola Outpatient Center and Loyola University Hospital, both at 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood; and at Loyola Center for Health at Homer Glen, 15750 Marian Drive, Homer Glen; Loyola Center for Health at Oakbrook Terrace North, 1S260 Summit Ave., and Loyola Center for Health at Wheaton, 140 E. Loop Road, Wheaton.

To schedule an appointment with Matoka or any other Loyola physician, call toll-free (888) LUHS-888 and ask for extension 7100.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, 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 a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.