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Clinical and Basic Sciences Departments

The breadth and depth of our clinical departments and four basic sciences departments offer a range of specialties for physicians-in-training to gain expert knowledge and for researchers to pursue discoveries from bench to bedside to community.

Many of our faculty members are nationally-recognized clinicians and researchers. As importantly, they are mentors to Stritch students, guiding, developing, and challenging them as they begin or continue their training. We are proud that nearly one-quarter of our departments, including two of the largest – Medicine and Surgery – are led by women.

Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

The 46-person faculty team is experienced in all of the field’s subspecialties, including cardiac, pediatric, and acute and chronic pain. Many faculty are involved in local and national associations in the field. As M1s and M2s, Stritch physicians-in-training are involved through the APEP Program (Anesthesia Preceptorship Enrichment Program); they rotate on our service as M3s and M4s.

These educational opportunities combined with quality improvement research have contributed to the department’s history of excellence, especially in cardiovascular, neurosurgical, and trauma anesthesia.

As clinicians, we perform more than 25,000 anesthetics a year, in Loyola Medicine’s state-of-the-art operating rooms and equally impressive ambulatory surgical center and locations throughout Chicago’s west and south suburban communities. We are integral members of the hospital emergency trauma response team.

Our basic and clinical research initiatives expand the boundaries of medical knowledge. Faculty regularly contribute their research to leading medical journals in basic science, clinical anesthesiology, surgery, and critical care. Often, faculty are invited as visiting professors at medical schools throughout the country and contribute to multi-authored textbooks. Dedicated staff provides the best possible experience for physicians-in-training, residents, fellows, and as importantly, patients.

Steven Edelstein, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Anesthesiology

Family Medicine

The Department of Family Medicine comprises a diverse, interprofessional team dedicated to research, education, and outstanding patient care. The Family Medicine principle of approaching every patient in the context of their family, their support systems, and the community, drives everything we do. We also strive to provide the best and most supportive environment for the personal and professional growth of our learners and each other. Through collaboration, the Department of Family Medicine works to improve the health and lives of everyone we can.

Aaron Michelfelder, MD, FAAFP, FAAMA
Chair, Dept. of Family Medicine
Co-Director, Institute for Transformative Interprofessional Education (I-TIE)
Professor of Family Medicine, Bioethics & Health Policy, and Medical Education

Emergency Medicine

In addition to caring for patients in the Emergency Department, faculty and staff are active in education and research.

Our collaborations within Loyola University Chicago and external organizations have enabled us to shepherd various emergency care studies and programs to benefit patients. Our educational divisions enhance an understanding of the fields of Toxicology, Emergency Medical Services, and Disaster Medicine. Physician research interests have led to advances in both the delivery and processes of care. Our research collaborations with Illinois Department of Public Health through the Emergency Medical Services for Children grants have and continue to address questions affecting the overall care of children in Illinois Emergency Departments.

Chair to be added


The Department of Medicine’s 14 divisions cover a wide range of specialties – from cardiology and gastroenterology to infectious disease and pulmonary and critical care medicine. Faculty are involved in nearly every aspect of undergraduate and graduate medical education.

Marilyn Glassberg Csete, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine

Neurological Surgery

The Department is committed to training future neurosurgeons, expanding neuroscience knowledge, and providing excellent patient care. We emphasize learning with compassion.

Our highly trained faculty are adept at treating the full spectrum of neurosurgical disorders. Additionally, we have outstanding centers in skull base surgery, complex spinal care (with specialization in deformity correction) and vascular/endovascular expertise. Our oncology service is an interdisciplinary program with the Cardinal Bernadin Cancer Center. We care for challenging cases that present through Loyola University Medical Center’s level 1 trauma center. Our functional program works closely with our neurology colleagues specializing in epilepsy and movement disorders.

Faculty and residents are deeply committed to medical student education. We encourage students interested in neurosurgery to get involved with faculty and resident research projects, attend departmental conferences, and participate in Stritch’s Student Chapter of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

The department offers an M4 sub-internship to Stritch physicians-in-training as well as qualified students from other medical schools. The majority of students completing the four-week sub-internship are applying for neurosurgery residency in the United States, but we welcome anyone interested in learning more about the field.

The sub-internship is a strong educational experience: rotating students will gain meaningful knowledge of neurosurgical disease processes and build skills including the neurological examination and interpretation of radiological studies. Assisting with bedside procedures (such as ventriculostomy and lumbar drain) and with surgical procedures in the OR are integral parts of the rotation. Sub-interns are assigned to the inpatient neurosurgical service at Loyola University Medical Center and generally will work with every resident and attending during the rotation. Time is devoted primarily to inpatient care in the NICU and floor, as well as in the OR; some students will receive limited exposure to the outpatient clinic. To gain a full exposure to patient care, we encourage sub-interns to take in-house call with neurosurgery residents one night per week.

Rotating students attend our Wednesday morning academic conference (every Wednesday morning), as well as journal club and other resident education events. Near the end of the rotation, sub-interns are asked to give a 10-minute presentation on a neurosurgical topic of their choice.

Douglas Anderson, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Neurological Surgery


Department of Neurology faculty have a broad interest in the various facets of neurology and related clinical neurosciences. Their collective expertise offers impressive teaching and research opportunities.

The Department’s goals are three-fold: deliver the best medical care, educate medical students, residents, and other healthcare professionals, and conduct research in the clinical and basic sciences.

We offer unlimited opportunities for medical students, residents, and fellows to work closely with our expert clinicians as well as with faculty dedicated to advancing medical science through clinical and basic science research. Research faculty enhance our educational programs by offering residents opportunities to participate in developing new approaches to diagnosis and therapy.

José Biller, MD, FACP, FAAN, FAHA
Chair and Professor
Director, Stroke Center at the Loyola

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Our faculty are dedicated clinicians, educators, and researchers, who work to improve the health of patients through clinical trials and research studies in a variety of areas including gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine and reproductive endocrinology.

We are a recognized leader in the region for gynecological cancer treatment at the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a state-designated perinatal network and obstetrical intensive care unit, and a multidisciplinary center for treatment of incontinence and female pelvic floor problems.

Ronald K. Potkul, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology


More than 50 clinical and research faculty focus on collaboration and mentorship to advance the core missions of academic health care: patient care, education, research, and service. We continue to grow the department’s solid reputation through relationships with alumni, clinical colleagues, and research partners at other institutions in Chicago, across the country, and internationally. Our excellent professional and administrative staff round out and support our team to maintain our role as an academic and educational leader in the Midwest. In our academic offices, in the clinics, operating rooms, and research labs, staff help manage patient care, educational events, and research programs.

Our Patient Care Services at Loyola Medicine and Hines VA (HVA) have expanded in scope and depth, providing outstanding opportunities for resident clinical and surgical training. We continue to expand our sub-specialty services and faculty.

Our Educational Programs focus on a variety of learners at various stages of their career: medical students (UME), residents (GME,) and practicing ophthalmologists and optometrists (CME). We offer one of the best resident training programs in Chicago and the Midwest and our department continues to lead the way in educational technology. Anuradha Khanna, MD, vice chair of Education, established the Stereo Learning Center (SLC) in Stritch’s Advanced Procedure and Education Center (APEC). This interactive, 3D technology system has become a model for medical education and education research. We are long-time sponsors of an annual, citywide surgical wet lab as a service to the 66 residents from the six Chicago training programs. Our educational and research programs have been supported over the years by generous annual gifts from the Perritt Charitable Foundation.

The Department’s CME programs consistently offer outstanding content for local, regional and national attendees. Our Fall Cataract/Glaucoma Symposium, Resident-Alumni Day and Chicago Subspecialty Guest Lecture Series present outstanding speakers and topics. We have augmented our weekly Grand Rounds to include an LUHS guest speaker from another department to provide more interdisciplinary discussion, emphasize collaboration, and encourage a broad exchange of ideas in an ongoing effort to provide the highest quality residency training.

Faculty and residents contribute to the department’s innovative research programs, led by Evan Stubbs, Jr., PhD. As Director of Basic Science Research Services, Dr. Stubbs has established a solid research program for the residency program, improved our submission process, and fostered several collaborations with Stritch basic science faculty.

Annually, the department receives research grant support from the Illinois Society for the Prevention of Blindness (ISPB). Over the years, Loyola medical students, residents, and research fellows have received the ISPB James McKechnie Award for Excellence in Research. We also continue to receive major funding from the Richard A. Perritt Charitable Foundation. All residents are assigned faculty mentors for research, with the goal of an ARVO presentation and manuscript submission for each resident. As a tribute to the Department’s commitment to research mentorship, Loyola residents have received awards from the Chicago Ophthalmological Society (COS).

Our tradition of international service has grown and we sponsor one-to-two trips per year, supported in part by the Stamm Foreign Mission Endowment.

Charles S. Bouchard, MD, MA
The John P. Mulcahy Professor and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology

Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation

Learn about our Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation residency.

Alexander J. Ghanayem, MD, FAOA
Professor and Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation

Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

Department faculty and staff are like a family and we are among the best Otolaryngology programs in the country, thanks to some of the best faculty, surgeons, residents, nurses and staff in the country. Everyone who interacts with the department understands how much we truly care about each other and how deep the department’s talents run.

Our department has always focused on providing patients with the highest quality care, providing residents with unparalleled education, and advancing our field through clinical and translational research. We have built this success on a strong positive culture of support, collaboration, and well-being. We intentionally omit fellows from our program because we believe residents should have the full benefit of every opportunity, making our program a “Fellowship of Residencies.” Because our residents see and do cases often taken by fellows, residents receive an unparalleled training experience. We support our residents in all aspects of life, both professionally and personally.

The Department is proud that our cases are the most complex in the state and we care for the sickest patients in the region.

Prior to becoming chair, I was the program director for many years, which gave me unique insight and ability to better integrate the areas of education, research and patient care. My intimate knowledge and experience has allowed for a much more comprehensive program for trainees as well as patients requiring care.

Anyone who has had the opportunity to visit the department realizes how close the people are and how important they are to each other. This has built the foundation of who we are as people and partners, as a team in the medical community, as doctors to our patients and as a training program for our future. This foundation runs deeper than any other program in the country and I am proud to be a part of it. The future for our department is bright and full of opportunities. We truly believe that good people make great doctors. We believe that doing the right thing for each other and those we care for leads to greater outcomes and opportunities going forward.

Eric Thorpe, MD, MBA, FACS
Professor and Chair, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery


I am proud to showcase the comprehensive clinical services, educational activities, and research programs this nationally recognized, and world-class team of faculty, staff, residents, and fellows offers. All of the department’s clinical lab are committed to providing accurate lab testing and diagnostic results in a timely manner, mentoring future pathologists and lab professionals, and analyzing the causes and treatment of human pathology.

Our highly trained physicians direct the use of state-of-the-art technology that enables our team to manage thousands of outpatient procedures, and surgical and cytology specimens annually. Our extensive exposure to all aspects of anatomic and clinical pathology, including some of the most difficult case areas, creates an unparalleled depth of experience.

Our mission: improve patient care through accurate laboratory testing and diagnostic results. Our fellowship and residency programs are designed to develop compassionate, high caliber pathologists who are dedicated to lifelong learning and a commitment to patient care.

We foster an environment that encourages innovation, embraces diversity, respects life, and values human dignity. We are a research-intensive department staffed with nationally and internationally recognized scientists conducting basic research into the mechanisms of disease, and clinical pathologists conducting applied research to bring new technologies to market.

The College of American Pathologists is our primary accreditation organization. All lab services are internally monitored to assure quality services using the principles of total quality management and the application of quality systems. External monitoring of laboratory services is accomplished through participation in outside quality assurance and proficiency testing programs.

Our team offers the complete range of technologies and services in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology and molecular pathology, consulting on patient diagnosis at Loyola Medicine as well as specialized services in anatomic pathology to physicians throughout Chicago.

Eva M. Wojcik, MD
Helen M. and Raymond M. Galvin Professor and Chair, Department of Pathology


The Department of Pediatrics is dedicated to excellence in three areas: evidence-based, family-centered pediatric care; education of medical students, residents, and community based practitioners, and pediatric research to advance our mission to improve healthcare for all children

Our faculty includes pediatric medical and surgical specialists, as well as community-based primary care physicians.

Jerold Stirling, MD, FAAP
and Chair, Department of Pediatrics

Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences is comprised of psychiatrists, psychiatry residents, neuropsychologists, clinical psychologists, health psychologists, psychology fellows, externs, social workers, and psychiatric nurses. Our patient population spans a broad age range: from children and adolescents to adults and seniors.

Our team is devoted to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of psychiatric and psychological disorders. Whether giving routine care or working on complex cases, the department’s faculty members apply their considerable experience and highly collaborative working style in order to achieve the best possible patient care outcomes. Psychiatrists, therapists, patients, and family members work as a team to design and implement individualized treatment plans. Teamwork, high quality care, and breadth of services are what set Loyola University Health System apart from other providers.

Katherine Johnson, MD
Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences

Radiation Oncology

Our nationally recognized experts coordinate with other specialists including surgeons, medical oncologists, pathologists, and radiologists to create comprehensive care plans. Our renowned group of physicians is dedicated to site specific areas of radiation treatments. This unique focus allows them to specialize in the management and development of cancer therapies within their area of expertise and it has defined them as leaders in research.

We offer an ACGME accredited four-year residency program with an emphasis on multi-disciplinary cancer care, advanced radiotherapeutic technologies, didactic and clinical teaching, and clinical/basic science research. Learn about our Residency in Radiation Oncology and our Residency in Radiation Oncology Physics.

Chair to be added.


The Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine is a fully-integrated academic and clinical department. We have a strong tradition of excellence in clinical care, teaching, and research; faculty members are recognized locally, nationally and internationally for their clinical competence, innovative diagnostic/therapeutic methods, and academic excellence.

Graduates of Loyola's ACGME-accredited Radiology Residency are leaders in academic and clinical practice throughout the country.

Chair to be added.


Our department is a multi-specialty surgical service comprised of more than 50 faculty across 11 Divisions, including: General Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery, Intra-Abdominal Transplantation, GI/Minimally Invasive Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, Trauma, Surgical Critical Care and Burns, Oral Surgery and Dental Medicine, and Surgical Research. Faculty conduct basic science and translational research and clinical trials. In collaboration with the Burn Shock Trauma Research Institute and our oncology research programoncology research program, the Department maintains federally funded research programs in burn, shock and trauma injury, health services research, inflammation, oncology, and vascular biology. The Department hosts eight residency and fellowship programs, as well as a research fellowship training program funded by the National Institutes of Health.

I am proud of our Department’s commitment to excellence and innovation in clinical care, research, and education that will define the future of surgery. Faculty provide complex surgical care at numerous clinical sites including Loyola University Medical Center, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital, and the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital. We continue to see steady growth across all of our clinical programs.

I am pleased to share our mission, vision, and diversity statements which guide our department:


Our mission is to provide the highest level of surgical care, to train the next generation of surgeons and surgeon scientists, and to advance surgical care and knowledge through state-of-the-art research and innovation. We devote ourselves to our patients, surgical care, research, and education, and we emphasize quality, safety and the patient experience.


The Department of Surgery will become a team of trusted partners within our community dedicated to improving the health of each life we touch. We will support one another in our professional and personal endeavors, and make our workplace one that is safe, diverse, and welcoming. Our contributions to research, innovation, education, and surgical practice will be recognized nationally and internationally.


The Loyola Medicine Department of Surgery is committed to fostering an environment that embraces the uniqueness of all individuals. We welcome and value individuals of all backgrounds regardless of ethnicity, gender, race, religion or sexual orientation. Through fair and deliberate recruitment, promotion, education and admission for our students, residents and staff, we will provide the highest quality surgical care, education and service for every member of our community.

Vivian Gahtan, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery

Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

As department chair, I am extremely proud of our sustained excellence and continued growth. Our department is one of the largest in the nation, in terms of volume and number of surgeons. We have one of the most comprehensive Lung Cancer Programs worldwide, a multidisciplinary mesothelioma team, the Esophageal Cancer Center, a Women’s Lung Cancer Program, an Airway/Tracheal Program, Chest Wall Sarcoma expertise, and Mediastinal Tumor and Carcinoid Tumor care. We also offer treatment programs for noncancerous conditions of the esophagus, namely achalasia, acid reflux/GERD, paraesophageal hernias and benign tumors.

Faculty are engaged in both basic and clinical science research, bringing the latest research. We provide research and clinical educational experiences for medical students and postgraduate trainees. Our fellowship program in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

I am proud to work with the many excellent and dedicated individuals on our team who are devoted to excellence in research, education, and patient care.

Mamdouh Bakhos, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery


An intense dedication to providing the highest attainable clinical care while preserving the individuality, privacy, and dignity of the patient -- along with a commitment to offering the best in medical education and research -- are values that have been integral to the department since its inception in 1919.

Our faculty includes urologists, urogynecologists, and research scientists. They are dedicated to the study of diagnostic and predictive factors influencing disease, and the development of treatments and surgical techniques to improve patient outcomes. Physicians provide a comprehensive array of general, tertiary, and subspecialty care to adults and children. Specialties include urologic oncology, renal transplant, pediatrics, stone disease, incontinence and female pelvic medicine, erectile dysfunction and male infertility.

Additionally, faculty strive to provide the best and most complete clinical training and research experiences to residents. We accept three physicians annually for our six-year residency program.

Robert C. Flanigan, MD
Albert J. Jr. & Claire R. Speh Professor and Chair, Department of Urology

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The breadth and depth of our clinical departments and four basic sciences departments offer a range of specialties for physicians-in-training to gain expert knowledge and for researchers to pursue discoveries from bench to bedside to community.

Many of our faculty members are nationally-recognized clinicians and researchers. As importantly, they are mentors to Stritch students, guiding, developing, and challenging them as they begin or continue their training. We are proud that nearly one-quarter of our departments, including two of the largest – Medicine and Surgery – are led by women.

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