Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Prominent cardiothoracic surgeon caring for patients in Homer Glen

Dr. Robert Love treats complex diseases and disorders of heart and lungs, including cancer

MAYWOOD, Ill. - Prominent cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Robert B. Love has begun caring for patients at Loyola Center for Health at Homer Glen, 15750 Marian Drive, Homer Glen.

Love, professor and vice chairman of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery and surgical director, lung transplant, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, is available for consultations on a variety of diseases and conditions that affect the chest.

“People in the Homer Glen area will now have access to higher-level care because Dr. Love specializes in treating complex disorders of the heart and lungs, including cancer,” said Paul K. Whelton, MB, MSc, president & CEO, Loyola University Health System. “He’s going to be a real asset to the community.”

Love is a recognized leader in the field of lung and heart transplantation and is a tireless advocate for organ donation. Love also performs thoracic surgery for lung and esophageal cancers; minimally invasive thoracic procedures; and heart surgery, including coronary-artery bypass surgery, heart valve repair and replacement, aortic aneurysm repair, heart transplant devices and treatments for patients with congestive heart failure.

Love is board certified in general surgery, critical care surgery and thoracic surgery by the American Board of Surgery.

An accomplished researcher, Love is currently working to better understand the building blocks of chronic rejection, the most common reason for transplant failure. He is hopeful that the findings will result in new treatment options that combat this problem and improve survival for all transplanted organs beyond 10 years. Love has served as principal investigator for numerous basic and clinical research studies over the course of his career and is a sought-after presenter at scientific meetings in the United States and abroad.

He has accepted an appointment from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to serve as surgical lead faculty on HHS’s Organ Transplant Collaborative group.

Love was brought up in the Chicago area, attending Glenbard South High School in Glen Ellyn, Ill. He graduated from Rush Medical College, Chicago, in 1982. He completed an internship and general surgery residency at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and was the director of the lung and heart transplant program there from 1992 until joining Loyola.

Love also cares for patients in clinic at the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center and at the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, both located at 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood.

To schedule an appointment with Love, call 888-LUHS-888.

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.