Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Verghese Mathew, MD, Named Loyola Medicine Division Director of Cardiology

MAYWOOD, IL –  Verghese Mathew, MD, FACC, FSCAI, a nationally known interventional cardiologist, has been named director of Loyola Medicine’s division of cardiology, effective July 1, 2017.

Dr. Mathew will succeed David Wilber, MD, FAHA, FACC, who has been Loyola’s cardiology director since 2001. Dr. Wilber will continue to be the medical director of clinical electrophysiology, with a very active clinical practice and research program. Dr. Wilber also will continue in his high-impact role nationally and internationally as founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Clinical Electrophysiology.

Dr. Mathew joined Loyola in August 2016 as director of clinical operations, as part of Loyola’s carefully considered cardiology leadership succession plan developed in parallel with Dr. Mathew’s recruitment to the institution. This forward-looking approach ensures the continuity of exceptional cardiology care at Loyola and will enable Dr. Wilber to achieve his professional goals of returning to full-time clinical and research activities while meeting increasing obligations as editor-in-chief.

“Under Dr. Wilber’s leadership, the division of cardiology has earned a national reputation for clinical excellence, patient-centered care, innovation and leading-edge research,” said David W. Hecht, MD, MS, MBA, Loyola’s executive vice president, clinical affairs and regional chief medical officer. “Dr. Mathew is one of the nation’s top cardiologists, and with his proven leadership skills, he is well positioned to continue building the division into one of the nation’s top cardiology programs, with a focus on quality care, excellent patient outcomes, enhanced translational research programs and graduate and post-graduate education at Loyola.”

Dr. Mathew said Loyola’s cardiovascular service line has tremendous talent and a decades-long reputation for clinical excellence. “I look forward to providing state-of-the-art cardiovascular care and advancing the academic and educational mission and profile of the cardiology division in conjunction with our team,” he said.

Dr. Mathew joined Loyola after nearly two decades as a clinician-researcher-educator at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. He is widely recognized for his clinical and research contributions in cardiology, most notably in complex coronary artery disease, aortic stenosis and peripheral arterial disease. Dr. Mathew has been an investigator in many clinical trials that have evaluated and led to the approval of new technologies, such as coronary stents, drug-eluting stents and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). He also was instrumental in developing integrated models of care while at Mayo, and is already enhancing multidisciplinary, patient-oriented healthcare delivery at Loyola.

Dr. Mathew grew up in the Chicago area, and earned his medical degree from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He completed a residency in internal medicine and fellowships in cardiovascular diseases and interventional cardiology at Mayo Clinic. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. He is a professor at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, 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.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.