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2019 Wolf and Kettle Teacher Award

The Wolf and Kettle are symbols from the family shield of Saint Ignatius of Loyola and appear on the Loyola logo. While these symbols represent the generosity of the Loyola family, the Wolf and Kettle Teacher Award represents the generosity of our clinical teachers, who contribute to the development of future physicians. 

*List coming soon!


Read recent articles published by our researchers in The New England Journal of Medicine

With the highest impact factor of all medical journals, an article published in The New England Journal of Medicine represents a very prestigious accomplishment for clinical researchers and is usually reserved for pivotal research. Below is a small sample of articles, summarizing collaborative research from our very own clinician scientists. Each article represents potential changes in the standard of care for the treatment of cancer patients:

Adjuvant Chemotherapy plus Radiation for Locally Advanced Endometrial Cancer.
Matei D, Filiaci V, Randall ME, Mutch D, Steinhoff MM, DiSilvestro PA, Moxley KM, Kim YM, Powell MA, O'Malley DM, Spirtos NM, Small W Jr, Tewari KS, Richards WE, Nakayama J, Matulonis UA, Huang HQ, Miller DS.
N Engl J Med. 2019 Jun 13;380(24):2317-2326.

Clinical and Genomic Risk to Guide the Use of Adjuvant Therapy for Breast Cancer.
Sparano JA, Gray RJ, Ravdin PM, Makower DF, Pritchard KI, Albain KS, Hayes DF, Geyer CE Jr, Dees EC, Goetz MP, Olson JA Jr, Lively T, Badve SS, Saphner TJ, Wagner LI, Whelan TJ, Ellis MJ, Paik S, Wood WC, Keane MM, Gomez Moreno HL, Reddy PS, Goggins TF, Mayer IA, Brufsky AM, Toppmeyer DL, Kaklamani VG, Berenberg JL, Abrams J, Sledge GW Jr.
N Engl J Med. 2019 Jun 20;380(25):2395-2405.

Overall Survival with Fulvestrant plus Anastrozole in Metastatic Breast Cancer.
Mehta RS, Barlow WE, Albain KS, Vandenberg TA, Dakhil SR, Tirumali NR, Lew DL, Hayes DF, Gralow JR, Linden HH, Livingston RB, Hortobagyi GN.
N Engl J Med. 2019 Mar 28;380(13):1226-1234.

Ibrutinib Regimens versus Chemoimmunotherapy in Older Patients with Untreated CLL.
Woyach JA, Ruppert AS, Heerema NA, Zhao W, Booth AM, Ding W, Bartlett NL, Brander DM, Barr PM, Rogers KA, Parikh SA, Coutre S, Hurria A, Brown JR, Lozanski G, Blachly JS, Ozer HG, Major-Elechi B, Fruth B, Nattam S, Larson RA, Erba H, Litzow M, Owen C, Kuzma C, Abramson JS, Little RF, Smith SE, Stone RM, Mandrekar SJ, Byrd JC.
N Engl J Med. 2018 Dec 27;379(26):2517-2528.

Adjuvant Chemotherapy Guided by a 21-Gene Expression Assay in Breast Cancer.
Sparano JA, Gray RJ, Makower DF, Pritchard KI, Albain KS, Hayes DF, Geyer CE Jr, Dees EC, Goetz MP, Olson JA Jr, Lively T, Badve SS, Saphner TJ, Wagner LI, Whelan TJ, Ellis MJ, Paik S, Wood WC, Ravdin PM, Keane MM, Gomez Moreno HL, Reddy PS, Goggins TF, Mayer IA, Brufsky AM, Toppmeyer DL, Kaklamani VG, Berenberg JL, Abrams J, Sledge GW Jr.
N Engl J Med. 2018 Jul 12;379(2):111-121.

Axicabtagene Ciloleucel CAR T-Cell Therapy in Refractory Large B-Cell Lymphoma.
Neelapu SS, Locke FL, Bartlett NL, Lekakis LJ, Miklos DB, Jacobson CA, Braunschweig I, Oluwole OO, Siddiqi T, Lin Y, Timmerman JM, Stiff PJ, Friedberg JW, Flinn IW, Goy A, Hill BT, Smith MR, Deol A, Farooq U, McSweeney P, Munoz J, Avivi I, Castro JE, Westin JR, Chavez JC, Ghobadi A, Komanduri KV, Levy R, Jacobsen ED, Witzig TE, Reagan P, Bot A, Rossi J, Navale L, Jiang Y, Aycock J, Elias M, Chang D, Wiezorek J, Go WY.
N Engl J Med. 2017 Dec 28;377(26):2531-2544.


Department of Medicine Residency Graduation Awards

The recent Department of Medicine Residency Graduation and Awards Dinner recognized its trainees, including honorees Piotra Babinski (Intern of the Year), Daniel Colon Hidalgo (Resident of the Year), and Daniel Djondo (Fellow of the Year).  Other honorees include:

  • Jaclyn Keller (Harry Messmore & Walter Wood, MD Award)
  • Kevin Boblick (Robert E. Carlson MD Award for Clinical Excellence)
  • Kevin Boblick and LaBianca Wright (Medical Student Teacher of the Year Award)
  • LaWanda Urquhart (Chief Resident Award)
  • Subir Shah (Stephen Gawne Excellence in Teaching Award – Golden Apple)
  • Ejaaz Kalimullah (Stephen Gawne Excellence in Teaching Award -- Silver Apple)
  • Paul Hutchison (Stephen Gawne Excellence in Teaching Award -- Bronze Apple) 
  • Nate Derhammer, Paul Hutchison and Babu Eladasari (Paul O’Keefe Inspirational Attendings)
  • Rodney Tehrani (Chairman’s Leadership Award)

 


Remembering Scott Jellish, MD

Please join us as we remember the life of Scott Jellish, MD, PhD, former chair of the department of anesthesiology. A memorial service will be held in the CTRE on Wednesday, June 12, at 7 am.

Dr. Jellish was a board-certified anesthesiologist. He joined Loyola University Medical Center in 1991 as an assistant professor in the department of anesthesiology and served as chair of the department since 2000. Dr. Jellish chaired the operating room/post-anesthesia recovery committee and performance improvement project and served on a number of committees including the quality and patient safety committee of the board and anesthesia research committee.

Dr. Jellish received a doctor of medicine degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago and a PhD in biochemistry from Loyola University Chicago. He was well published with more than 150 manuscripts and abstracts in the areas of neuromonitoring and neuroprotection. He was a reviewer for numerous journals, including the Journal of Clinical Anesthesiology and Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia, Anesthesia & Analgesia, Anesthesiology, Head & Neck and the European Journal of Anaesthesiology.


Pediatrics Research Day

The Department of Pediatrics hosted its 1st Research Day on May 17. 

A total of 47 posters showcased the Department's scholarly activity for the 2018-2019 academic year. The posters included research projects, quality improvement initiatives, and case reports.  Residents, fellows, medical students, and faculty were all a part of these projects. 

Many of the posters were presented at local, regional, and national conferences, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Pediatric Academic Society (PAS), American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (ASPHO), and the Academic Pediatric Association (APA), over the past year. 


Improving Health Sciences Campus Facilities

Dear Loyola Health Sciences Community,

May 29: Construction to Begin on Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center (CBCC)

Next Wednesday, May 29, construction will begin on the roof replacement project on the north side of the CBCC.  During the next six months, there will be intermittent noise and odors resulting from this construction.

We appreciate your patience during this process as we improve our facilities.  Please keep the following safety notes in mind as you walk in/around the CBCC and nearby buildings:

  • Obey all traffic signs and follow the directions provided by flaggers
  • Be aware of pedestrian traffic pattern changes and restricted foot traffic access between the CBCC, Maguire, and CTRE buildings

If you have questions about this Health Sciences Campus improvement project, please contact Richard Wydra. Parking will not be affected.

June 30: Spring Cleaning/Recylcing

Loyola University Health System is discontinuing the use of the grey recycling/shredding bins.  Because this is a service provided Loyola University Chicago buildings on the Health Sciences Campus, as of July 1, those bins will no longer be available.  (Please note that June 30 will be the last pick up date for the bins.)

To protect the disposal of sensitive documents, please use one of the following options: Accurate Document Destruction Shredit or through the purchase of shredders. Costs for either of these options is the responsibility of each department. The Lake Shore Campus has discontinued the use of these grey bins, too.

Thank you for adhering to the safety guidelines during the CBCC roof replacement project and to ensuring that sensitive documents are disposed properly.

Craig Duetsch
Associate Provost, Finance and Administration
Health Sciences Campus


University Assisted Housing Program Seminar

Loyola’s University Assisted Housing (UAH) Program is designed to encourage home ownership near campus specific locations (Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses and the Health Sciences Campus) by assisting eligible Loyola faculty and staff with closing costs and down payments for the purchase of a home or condo as a primary residence. Employees do not have to be first time buyers to take advantage of this great benefit.

Join us July 16, 2019 in CTRE Room 152A from 12:00 to 1:00 PM for the University Housing Seminar.

Learn more about the housing program or start an online application today.


2019 Science Sisters Day

More than 70 middle school girls from Irving, Stevenson, and Roosevelt middle schools visited the CTRE for the 3rd Annual Science Sisters Day, which promotes science to 7th and 8th-graders.

“Our goal is to promote science to girls in middle school,” said Science Sisters co-Chair Anya Nikolai-Yogerst, a founding member of LUC’s Women in Science (WINS) group.

“We target this age group because it is known that a loss of interest in science typically occurs during middle school. During the day, we aim to make science fun, engaging, and creative."

The students are from schools that lack funding for science experiments on a regular basis, so the day emphasizes seven hands-on experiments to show that science can be fun. Thirty-five WINS members were on hand, helping students with experiments ranging from performing chemical reactions and extracting DNA to investigating the source of a disease outbreak. For more information on Science Sisters Day or WINS, contact: WINS@luc.edu).

View photos from the day.


Stritch Students meet with Trinity Health

Current and graduating Stritch students met with Trinity Health’s Vice President for Federal Public Policy and Advocacy, Tonya Wells. As an element of its mission, Trinity provided scholarships for six students in this graduating class (and nine total) who are DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students. Thank you to the generosity of our academic medical center partner for helping to make medical education possible for these future physicians. Learn more about Stritch DACA students.


8th Annual Dr. Arti Rupani Garg Internal Medicine Resident Research and Quality Improvement Day

The winners of the 8th Annual Dr. Arti Rupani Garg Internal Medicine Resident Research and Quality Improvement Day. This event showcases residents' work in the fields of basic science, translational, and clinical research as well as quality improvement initiatives and projects. Open to any internal medicine resident, this year drew more than 40 poster submissions and more than 30 abstract entries. Learn more.

The winners of the 8th Annual Dr. Arti Rupani Garg Internal Medicine Resident Research and Quality Improvement Day. This event showcases residents' work in the fields of basic science, translational, and clinical research as well as quality improvement initiatives and projects. Open to any internal medicine resident, this year drew more than 40 poster submissions and more than 30 abstract entries.

Resident Research and Quality Improvement Poster Winners


1st Place: Benjamin Schmidt (PGY2)
PI: Dr. Steve Scaglione (Hepatology)
Project: Predictors of Alcohol Recidivism in Patients with Alcoholic Cirrhosis


2nd Place: Swetha Gogineni (PGY3)
PI: Dr. Franco Laghi (Pulmonary Critical Care)
Project: Ultrasound Assessmenet of Diaphragmatic Thickening in Patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis


3rd Place: Christine Thomas (PGY3)
PI: Dr. Elizabeth Henry (Hematology / Oncology)
Project: Clostridioides difficile Infection Following Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation


Abstract Winners:


1st Place: Leo Gozdecki (PGY3)
PI: Dr. Verghese Mathew (Cardiology)
Project: Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Outcomes at Veterans Health Administration Hospitals


2nd Place: Blaine Knox and Daniel Linden (PGY2s)
PI: Dr. Stephanie Berg (Hematology / Oncology)
Project: Immunological and Clinical Profiles of Patients Receiving Immune Checkpoint inhibitors and Investigations of Potential Biomarkers Predicting Immune-Related Adverse Events


3rd Place: Daniel Colon Hidalgo (PGY3)
PI: Dr. Megan Rech (Pharmacy)
Project: Time to Norepinephrine Initiation in Patients with Fluid-Refractory Shock


Sam J. Marzo, MD, named interim dean of the Stritch School of Medicine

Dear Health Sciences Community,

I am pleased to announce that Sam J. Marzo, MD, has been named interim dean of the Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Marzo is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He will assume his new duties January 1, 2019 so that he will be able to have transition time with Dean Goldstein prior to his departure.

Dr. Marzo has worked at Loyola since 1997 and helped make the Otolaryngology department a nationally-renowned one, particularly when it comes to leading-edge hearing technologies. He was director of the Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC) Otolaryngology Residency Program from 2005 to 2017. He is director of the Loyola Hearing & Balance Center and a member of the Loyola Committee on Academic Rank and Tenure. He has been part of numerous national committees, including the Chicago Laryngological and Otological Society, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and The American Neurotology Society. His research interests include surgery for hearing loss and deafness, facial nerve disorders, dizziness, and more. Dr. Marzo is a Stritch alum who also completed his residency at LUMC. Given Dr. Marzo’s extensive clinical leadership experience and service to Loyola, I am confident he will be a strong interim leader for Stritch.

During this transition period, the School of Medicine will also be supported by Dr. Gregory Gruener, vice dean of education. Dr. Gruener is a strong, longtime leader of the academic medical programs and will continue to ensure Stritch students receive the best possible medical education and are supported along the way.

We also look forward to the arrival of Meharvan (Sonny) Singh, PhD, as vice dean of research on February 15, 2019. Dr. Singh comes to Loyola from the University of North Texas, where he is dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and a professor of pharmacology and neuroscience. As the research division continues to grow and evolve, we look forward to Dr. Singh’s leadership in further strengthening and building research endeavors within the medical school.

In the new year, we will be selecting a search committee and search firm to identify and assess candidates for the permanent dean successor. We will follow university policy on the selection of a new dean for the school. I will continue to keep you updated as that search progresses.

Dr. Steve Goldstein will work with Dr. Marzo to assure a smooth transition. Please join me in thanking Dr. Goldstein for his leadership and contributions to the Stritch School of Medicine.

As always, please feel free to reach out directly if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Margaret Faut Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN
Interim Provost and Chief Academic Officer
Provost, Health Sciences Division


The Pitch‌

“The Pitch” is sponsored by the SSOM Business in Medicine special interest group of students.  It is an idea challenge and students (on their own) design an implementable/implemented solution that improves Patient care at Loyola, Eases administrative burdens of physicians, or Improves the medical student experience at SSOM.  The event occurred on October 23rd here at Stritch.

Each group has 5-minutes  to present their proposal and a panel of judges can ask questions and score each presentation on multiple areas.  The judges were Drs. Michael Dauzvardis, Gregory Gruener, Anuradha Khanna and Dane Salazar. The winner receives a $500 prize to support their work or other needs.

  • Linda Nguyen & Brice Jones: Implementing an ER Scribe Program to Reduce Patient ER Wait Times
  • Deena Kishawi & Elizabeth Southworth: Implementing a Financial Literacy Month
  • Michael Bernazzini: Utilizing medical videos to enhance patient education and care
  • Hye-Jin Yun: “Stritch Skimm” - a weekly summary of student events, email notifications, schedules/exams  and social/student life events
  • (the winners) Justine Ly & Megan Wu: Using predictive analytics to calculate "no show" scores for patients
  • Alyssa Varsanik, Matt Cheung, Kyle Wieschaus, Jamie Neelon, and Joe Nye: Developing a health & fitness app that better connects patients and trainers focusing on wellness and health support.

Dane Salazar, MD, Serves as Medical Guardian for Honor Flight Chicago

Orthopaedic surgeon Dane Salazar, MD, served as the medical guardian for the 87th Honor Flight Chicago on August 8, which brought 90 veterans (eight World War II and 82 Korean War) to Washington, D.C. and back in one day. One of Dr. Salazar’s patients introduced him to the organization.

The contingent was greeted at the WWII Memorial by Gen. Colin Powell and the USMC Silent Drill Team performed. Dr. Salazar’s experience was enriched by being partnered with two Korean War veterans, Carl of Tinley Park and Bill of Orland Park (pictured), who have been friends for 70 years.

“It was an exceptionally rewarding experience as an American, but even more powerful because of my own military experience,” said Dr. Salazar, a former Air Force physician.


Glyn R. Morgan, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS, named director of the division of intra-abdominal transplant surgery

We are pleased to announce that Glyn R. Morgan, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS, has been named professor in the department of surgery of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and director of the division of intra-abdominal transplant surgery at Loyola University Medical Center. Dr. Morgan starts Monday, August 20.

Prior to joining Loyola Medicine, Dr. Morgan was director of liver transplantation at the NYU Langone Transplant Institute in New York City. He co-founded the NYU living donor liver transplant program and has performed nearly 700 liver transplants – including more than 100 living donor liver transplants – and more than 200 kidney transplants. 

At Loyola, Dr. Morgan plans to recruit new faculty, enhance clinical excellence and outcomes, increase the volume of kidney, liver and pancreas transplants, create and grow a living donor liver program, advance the educational profile of the division for medical students and residents, establish an American Society of Transplant Surgeons fellowship program and elevate clinical and translational research.

Dr. Morgan earned his MD and MSc degrees from the University of Toronto. He also completed his residency in surgery at the University of Toronto. He completed a fellowship in pediatric liver transplantation at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and an ASTS-accredited transplant surgery fellowship in liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. 


Collaboration with the Chicago Department of Public Health

Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division is working in collaboration with the Chicago Dept. of Public Health (CDPH) and Chicago’s other Clinical & Translational Science Institutes to facilitate research and evaluation partnerships to address public health priority areas identified in Healthy Chicago 2.0, the strategic plan for the city’s public health system. Learn more.

Attached are two requests from the CDPH’s Office of Violence Prevention & Behavioral Health for evaluation assistance with two initiatives related to Reducing Violence, one of the Healthy Chicago 2.0 priority areas. They are interested in connecting with possible evaluation/research partners to address these evaluation issues.

If you are interested in learning more or connecting with the Office, please complete the attached form and return it to: Rachelle Paul-Brutus, Coordinator of Research & Evaluation, Chicago Department of Public Health at Marie.PaulBrutus@cityofchicago.org.

Please see the forms and return to CDPH if interested:


Loyola Reverified as Level 1 Trauma Center

Loyola has been reverified by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma as a Level 1 Trauma Center. The verification is for three years.

Loyola is the only Level 1 Trauma Center in the state of Illinois to hold this verification by the ACS Committee on Trauma.
The ACS verification, review and consultation program helps hospitals evaluate and improve trauma care. It provides an objective, external review of a trauma center’s resources and performance. A team of trauma experts completes an on-site review of the hospital. The team assesses relevant features of the program, including commitment, readiness, resources, policies, patient care and performance improvement.

A Level 1 trauma center is a comprehensive regional resource that serves as a tertiary care facility central to the trauma system. A Level 1 center is capable of providing total care for every aspect of injury – from prevention through rehabilitation.

Level 1 trauma care requires sustained resources and cooperation among departments, and a broad and dedicated multidisciplinary team. Our successful reverification is evidence of Loyola’s extensive and continuing commitment to trauma care. Congratulations to Richard Gonzalez, MD, FACS, division director of trauma, surgical critical care and burns, Melissa Herlihy, MSN, RN, CCRN, TNS, trauma program manager, and all the dedicated trauma clinicians on this great accomplishment.


Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs Accreditation

Congratulations to the Office of Research Services on receiving Full Accreditation for its Human Research Protection Program.   Loyola was commended for its commitment to protecting the rights and welfare of research participants.  The AAHRPP Site Visitors applauded the research teams for their dedication to the protection of human subjects and admired the IRB Staff for having a centralized program where researchers can find assistance. Thanks to Cynthia Tom-Klebba, Angela Carrico and Linda Millbrandt for all their hard work during this process. 


Department of Radiology and Clinical Research Office wins Walter E. Berdon Award

An announcement was made at the May 2018 Society for Pediatric Radiology meeting that a SSOM research group from the Department of Radiology and Clinical Research Office won the Walter E. Berdon Award from the Society for Pediatric Radiology for the best Clinical Research paper submitted to the journal of Pediatric Radiology in the year preceding the meeting.

Best Clinical Paper (Walter Berdon Award) 2017:

Jennifer E. Lim-Dunham, MD, FACR, Iclal Erdem Toslak, MD, Khalid Alsabban, MD, Amany Aziz, MD, Brendan Martin, PhD, Gokcan Okur, MD, Katherine C. Longo, MD. Ultrasound risk stratification for malignancy using the 2015 American Thyroid Association Management Guidelines for Children with Thyroid Nodules and Differentiated Thyroid Cancer.  Pediatr Radiol  2017, 47: 429-436.  http://doi:10.1007/s00247-017-3780-6.


Institutional Learning Health Systems K12 - call for Scholar LOIs

We would like to inform you of a potential mentored career development training opportunity for faculty and/or healthcare professionals led by Drs. Abel Kho and Dave Cella.  If funded, a commitment of 75% time dedicated toward the K by each scholar is required by AHRQ under the terms of this award. Salary (up to $90,000 annually) and an annual research stipend are included. We anticipate having four positions to fill in this institutional K12 scholar program, with a potential start date of September 1st, 2018 and running two years. Letters of intent are due July 16th, 2018.

Download more details.


New IACUC submission forms and portal systam

The IACUC is pleased to announce our new submission system including revised forms and a new portal submission system. The new system will go LIVE on June 27th. We will be holding two training sessions for faculty and staff to introduce the new system.

  • June 21st   3:30 – 4:30 pm  SSOM  Room 160
  • June 28th   9:30 - 10:30 am SSOM Room 190 (Tobin Hall)

Any investigators with submissions in progress using the current online forms are urged to submit their applications before the June 26th deadline. After June 26th, the current online forms will no longer be accepted. Investigators should strongly consider submitting any applications using the current online forms in advance (prior to June 19th) and requesting a pre-review through Tony Valero, IACUC Director. Pre-review identifies common errors in ACORP submissions, and investigators will have the opportunity to correct their submissions prior the June 26th deadline. Any submissions requiring corrections after the deadline will need to be transferred to the new forms and submitted using the new system. 

Please contact Tony Valero if you have any questions (x64288, avalero@luc.edu).


Emerging Leader Institute scholarship

Kate Nowakowski (M3) and Tiffany Ku (M1), each received the very competetive 2018 Emerging Leader Institute scholarship through the AAFP! This is an incredible opportunity for networking and expanding leadership skills within the family medicine specialty. Kate and Tiffany are the first Stritch School of Medicine student to receive this prestigious award given to only 30 selected residents and students annually.


Health Sciences Division Weekend of Excellence Winners

The Weekend of Excellence Ceremony took place April 19-22, 2018. Students and organizations were recognized for outstanding work performed throughout the school year. The winners representing the Health Sciences Division include:

  • Anya Nikolai and Abigail Cannon with Women in Science for Outstanding Organization Award
  • Sahand Ghodrati won for Outstanding Student Leader 
  • The Health Professionals Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP) won for Outstanding Program of the Year
  • Victoria Nguyen - Damen Award Recipient

See all of the award winners from the Weekend of Excellence.


Alpha Omega Alpha 

Michael Murphy (MD ‘19), was awarded the Alpha Omega Alpha Carolyn L Kuckein Student Research Fellowship for 2018-19 for the “Patient compliance of weight bearing status-prospective observational study.”