Chair of the Department of Surgery: Vivian Gahtan, MD | Loyola Medicine
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Vivian Gahtan, MD, Named Chair of Loyola's Department of Surgery

Vivian Gahtan, MD

MAYWOOD, IL – Vivian Gahtan, MD, a nationally known vascular surgeon, has been named professor and chair of the Department of Surgery of Loyola Medicine and Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, effective Aug. 1.

Dr. Gahtan is coming to Loyola from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y, where she is professor and vice chair for academic development, Department of Surgery. Dr. Gahtan also is medical director, vascular surgery, of University Hospital in Syracuse. Previously, Dr. Gahtan was an associate professor of surgery at Yale University School of Medicine.

"We are extremely pleased that Dr. Gahtan is joining Loyola," said David Hecht, MD, MS, MBA, executive vice president, clinical affairs and regional chief medical officer of Loyola Medicine. "She has the clinical expertise, leadership skills and strategic vision to grow and advance our surgical services."

Sam Marzo, MD, interim dean of Stritch School of Medicine and chair of the Department of Otolaryngology, said Dr. Gahtan also will strengthen Stritch School of Medicine as it educates the next generation of physicians. "In addition to being a superb surgeon, Dr. Gahtan excels as a researcher, educator and mentor," Dr. Marzo said.

Dr. Gahtan is an author on more than 200 medical journal studies, review articles, book chapters, abstracts and poster presentations. She has served on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Surgery and Annals of Vascular Surgery.

Dr. Gahtan has held many leadership roles on regional and national levels, including president of the Association of Women Surgeons; director of the American Board of Surgery; chair of the Vascular Surgery Board of the American Board of Surgery; and president of the Eastern Vascular Society.

Dr. Gahtan is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a distinguished fellow of the Society for Vascular Surgery and a fellow of the American Heart Association Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology. She is board certified in surgery and vascular surgery.

Dr. Gahtan earned her medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine. She completed a residency in general surgery and general vascular surgery at the University of South Florida and an endovascular fellowship at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Cornell and Columbia.

Loyola's Department of Surgery includes 10 divisions: colon and rectal surgery; general surgery; gastrointestinal/minimally invasive surgery; intra-abdominal transplant surgery; oral and maxillofacial surgery; plastic and reconstructive surgery; surgical oncology; surgical research; trauma, surgical critical care and burns; and vascular surgery and endovascular therapy.

Loyola's expert surgeons are recognized for their clinical excellence, innovative therapeutic methods and skilled use of the latest technology. Surgeons are part of a clinically integrated team that incudes anesthesiologists, nurses, rehabilitation specialists and physical and occupational therapists. As an academic medical center, Loyola is able to offer patients access to the newest and most advanced surgical treatments.

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.