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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 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.