Distinguished Fellow of the ASAM: Murali Rao, MD | Loyola Medicine
Friday, September 15, 2017

Loyola Psychiatrist Murali Rao, MD, Named Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine

MAYWOOD, IL –  Loyola Medicine psychiatrist Murali Rao, MD, has received the prestigious designation as distinguished fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (DFASAM).

DFASAM titles, granted every other year, are given to physician members of ASAM in recognition of significant contributions to the society and to addiction medicine. Distinguished fellows are chosen based on excellence in addiction medicine, professionalism, integrity, service, leadership and contributions to the field.

ASAM, founded in 1954, is a professional society representing more than 4,300 physicians and other clinicians and professionals in addiction medicine.

Dr. Rao also is a life member of the American Board of Addiction Medicine and the first Indian-born physician to be named a fellow of the American College of Forensic Psychiatry.

Dr. Rao is chair of the department of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. In addition to addiction medicine, Dr. Rao has subspecialty expertise in geriatric psychiatry, affective disorders, dual-diagnosis psychiatric illnesses, psychosomatic medicine and transcranial magnetic stimulation for the treatment of depression.

Dr. Rao is passionate about practicing psychosomatic medicine (also known as consult-liaison psychiatry), which involves the treatment of patients who have both psychiatric and general medical conditions.

"When treating elderly patients, it's increasingly important to have a thorough knowledge of geriatric psychiatry and addiction psychiatry, as we are seeing an increasing number of patients who are addicted to alcohol and both prescription and non-prescription drugs," Dr. Rao said.

Dr. Rao earned his medical degree from Mysore Medical College and completed residencies in psychiatry at Southern Illinois University Affiliated Hospital and Winnebago Mental Health Institute. Dr. Rao is a fellow of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine and a distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association

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.