Department of Medicine, Chair: Ravi Durvasula, MD | Loyola Medicine
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Ravi Durvasula, MD, Named Chair of Loyola's Department of Medicine

MAYWOOD, IL –  Ravi Durvasula, MD, has been named chair of the department of medicine of Loyola Medicine and Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Dr. Durvasula has held senior leadership positions at Yale University and the Veterans Administration and has conducted groundbreaking research in global infectious diseases. Most recently, he was a professor of medicine and infectious diseases and director of the Center for Global Health at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. The center has partnered with 13 medical centers in India, Kenya, China and Colombia.

Dr. Durvasula assumed his new role at Loyola on November 1, 2017. The department of medicine is dedicated to excellence in clinical care, research and education. It includes 14 divisions: allergy, cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, general internal medicine, health services research program, hematology/oncology, hepatology, hospital medicine, infectious disease, nephrology, pulmonary and critical care medicine and rheumatology.

"I'm very excited to be joining Loyola, which is a national leader in many areas of clinical medicine, research and education," Dr. Durvasula said.

From 2005 to 2014, Dr. Durvasula was chair of the department of medicine of the New Mexico Veterans Affairs Health Care System, where he oversaw programs affecting 50,000 veterans and a budget of nearly $400 million. Prior to the VA, Dr. Durvasula served as chief medical officer of Yale University Health Services, overseeing operations affecting 30,000 students, faculty, dependents and alumni through 11 divisions with 250 employees.

Dr. Durvasula is a world leader in global infectious diseases research. He has pioneered a new approach to control the spread of vector-borne diseases, including Leishmaniasis and Chagas disease.

Dr. Durvasula's lab currently is researching new strategies to control multidrug-resistant infections, such as clostridium difficile (C. diff), and developing new molecules to diagnose and treat emerging diseases, such as the Zika and Ebola viruses.

Since 1994, Dr. Durvasula has been awarded 17 research grants totaling $9.6 million, including nine National Institutes of Health grants totaling $6.9 million. Other agencies that have funded Dr. Durvasula's research include the Centers for Disease Control, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. His two most recent grants are to study environmentally friendly mosquito insecticides.

Dr. Durvasula is an author of five books and more than 120 peer-reviewed publications, abstracts and conference proceedings.

Dr. Durvasula earned his medical degree from McGill University in Montreal. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Baylor College of Medicine/Methodist Hospital in Houston, where he was chief medical resident. He completed a fellowship in infectious diseases at Yale University School of Medicine and was awarded the prestigious physician postdoctoral fellowship of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases.

Dr. Durvasula replaces J. Paul O'Keefe, MD, who retired as chair July 1 after a distinguished 40-year career at Loyola.

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.