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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Tamer Refaat Abdelrhman, MD, Radiation Oncologist, Joins Loyola Medicine

Tamer Refaat Abdelrhman, MD, PhD, MSCI

MAYWOOD, IL – Tamer Refaat Abdelrhman, MD, PhD, MSCI, a radiation oncologist who treats head and neck, breast, prostate, gynecological and other cancers, has joined Loyola Medicine.

Dr. Abdelrhman will see patients at the new Loyola Center for Cancer Care & Research at the Palos South Campus in Orland Park, Illinois. The center is the first in Illinois to offer a MRI-guided radiation therapy that targets tumors with millimeter precision. The system, called MRIdian® Linac, delivers radiation precisely to the tumor, even if body functions such as breathing cause the tumor to move. The ultra-sharp beam of radiation minimizes damage to surrounding tissue.

Dr.  Abdelrhman said MRIdian is an example of how new technology is making radiation therapy more effective, with reduced side effects. In many cases, treatments also are shorter. For example, the radiation treatment regimen for prostate cancer has decreased from eight weeks to as short as five days in selected patients.

"Since I began practicing 17 years ago, I have seen how fast-evolving technology is significantly improving treatments for patients," Dr. Abdelrhman said.

Dr. Abdelrhman said a diagnosis of cancer is very frightening, and every patient reacts differently.

"I take the time to listen carefully to my patients," Dr. Abdelrhman said. "I describe in fine detail the type and stage of cancer and explain treatment options, side effects and outcomes. Every patient is unique and every treatment plan is different."

Dr. Abdelrhman is an associate professor in the department of radiation oncology of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He has published more than 25 research papers in peer-reviewed journals and is board certified in radiation oncology.

Dr. Abdelrhman is president of the Cancer Fellows Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that provides training to accelerate the availability of radiation oncology expertise in areas where it's needed the most.

Dr. Abdelrhman comes to Loyola from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where he was an adjunct associate professor of radiation oncology, and the Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport, Illinois.

Dr. Abdelrhman earned medical and PhD degrees from the University of Alexandria in Egypt. He completed a residency in radiation oncology at the University of Alexandria and fellowships in radiation oncology at Lille II University in France, Vienna Medical School in Austria and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He also earned a master of science in clinical investigations from Northwestern.

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 92 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 129,000 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.