Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Stritch School Of Medicine Dean Reappointed To Lead Prestigious Burn Journal

Dr. Richard Gamelli serving second term as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Burn Care & Research

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Dr. Richard Gamelli, distinguished surgeon and dean of the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, has been reappointed editor-in-chief of the Journal of Burn Care & Research.

Gamelli, 61, will serve a second, five-year term as editor of the journal, which is the official, bi-monthly publication of the American Burn Association (ABA), an international organization that promotes and supports burn-related research, education, care, rehabilitation and prevention. The publication is the only peer-reviewed journal in the United States devoted exclusively to the treatment and research of burns.

"Many important changes in the operation and quality of the Journal have occurred under Dr. Gamelli's leadership, and we all look forward to an ongoing productive working relationship in the years ahead," read a statement in part issued by the ABA Board of Trustees, which made the reappointment at its recent annual meeting in Boston.

Gamelli is the 20-year chief of Loyola's Burn Center and a world authority on the treatment of burn wounds, research and prevention. A resident of Burr Ridge, he joined Loyola in 1990 as chief of the Burn Center and as the founder and director of the Burn & Shock Trauma Institute in the Stritch School of Medicine. In 1995, he was named the Robert J. Freeark Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery, Stritch.

In February 2010, he was appointed senior vice president of Loyola University Health System (LUHS). The system includes Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, the Loyola Center for Ambulatory Surgery at Oakbrook Terrace North in Oakbrook, Ill., RML Specialty Hospital, a facility co-owned by LUHS, and, adjacent to the main medical center campus, the Edward J. Hines Jr. VA Hospital, which has a cooperative research and patient care initiatives with LUHS. Gamelli is a former member of the LUHS Board of Directors. In April 2009, Gamelli was appointed dean of Stritch, which is part of LUHS.

In 2002 Gamelli received the Faculty of the Year award from Loyola University Chicago. He was inducted as a faculty member in Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He also delivered the commencement address to the Stritch School of Medicine in 2006. Most recently, he was elected to lead the Council of Clinical Chairs and was awarded the Ralph P. Leischner Master Teacher Award from the Stritch School of Medicine.

Gamelli is a past president of the ABA, where he has been an active member since 1979. He recently was named a member of the Surgery, Anesthesiology and Trauma Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, of the National Institutes of Health. In addition, Dr. Gamelli has served as the associate editor of the Journal of Trauma and is a member of the editorial board of Annals of Surgery, Shock, Burns, and the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

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.