Loyola University Medical Center

Center Information

Cathy Kalnicky, BSN, CCRP
Director of Clinical Trials Office
Loyola University Medical Center
2160 S. First Ave.
Fahey Center, room 067
Maywood, IL 60153
(708) 216-0291
(708) 216-2059

Currently Enrolling Trials

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Therapeutic Areas

Cardiology/Vascular Diseases
Family Medicine
Infections and Infectious Diseases
Pulmonary/Respiratory Diseases


Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a private, Catholic-Jesuit provider based in the western suburbs of Chicago and is a nationally recognized leader in providing specialty and primary health-care services. Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Ill., includes Loyola University Hospital, a 569-licensed-bed facility that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center,
a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children’s Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on this campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, Loyola Outpatient Center and Oral Health Center, as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and Loyola Center for Fitness. The Health System also includes the 36-acre Melrose Park campus, which includes the 264-bed Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Care Center and Gottlieb Center for Fitness, as well as an extensive network of primary and specialty care centers conveniently located in Cook, DuPage and Will counties.

Loyola University Health System has contributed to clinical research since 1972. Loyola has worked with pharmaceutical, biotech companies and device manufacturers. Areas of prior and current industry-partner studies include cardiac devices, surgical devices, HIV, antifungals and antibiotics, DVT, PE, CMV, solid organ transplant, rheumatology, dermatology, ADHD, ENT, asthma and cystic fibrosis.

New advancements in medicine happen every day at Loyola University Health System, thanks to partnerships between the scientists and researchers working in our laboratories and the physicians working one-on-one with patients. Together, they are the driving force for Loyola’s translational research – discoveries made in the laboratory that are translated into new treatments and solutions that can help restore patients to their active lifestyles.

A leading academic medical center, Loyola offers a number of medical research studies at any given time. Research is key to finding out which new treatments work and why. It contributes new knowledge about disease and medical conditions. Research studies are underway in a variety of key areas, from vaccines for treating advanced malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, to new treatments for angina, heart attack, heart failure and heart transplantation. Loyola’s clinical researchers also are recognized nationally for pioneering cancer research and treatment programs using umbilical cord blood stem cell and bone marrow transplantation.

The Stritch School of Medicine’s active research laboratories are located in six research institutes that support Loyola’s integrated approach to patient care, research and education. The Burn & Shock/Trauma, Cardiovascular, Infectious Disease & Immunology, Neuroscience, Oncology and Signal Transduction institutes allow researchers and health-care professionals to connect and move quickly toward new approaches to prevent and treat disease.

Institutional Review Board
The Loyola IRB is compliant with all relevant regulatory guidelines while conducting reviews in a streamlined and efficient manner. This allows appropriately prepared applications to receive full approval within four weeks. The Loyola Federal Wide Assurance letter covers research at both Loyola and Gottlieb hospitals.

Contracts and Budgets
The Clinical Trials Office is supported by an experienced team in the Office of Research Services, which oversees timely legal and contract matters.


Loyola has approximately 600 active IRB approved protocols and approximately 150 unique principal investigators. Our areas of IRB-approved clinical research include:

  • Bladder Health
  • Cancer
  • Cancer: Bladder and Urinary
  • Cancer: Bone
  • Cancer: Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Cancer: Brain
  • Cancer: Breast
  • Cancer: Cervical or Endometrial
  • Cancer: Chemotherapy-induced (CIPN)
  • Cancer: Colon
  • Cancer: Colorectal
  • Cancer: Esophageal
  • Cancer: Gallbladder or Bile Duct
  • Cancer: Gastric and Gastroesophageal
  • Cancer: Head and Neck
  • Cancer: Kidney (Renal)
  • Cancer: Leukemia
  • Cancer: Lung
  • Cancer: Lymphoma
  • Cancer: Multiple Myeloma
  • Cancer: Myelodysplastic Syndrome
  • Cancer: Ovary, Fallopian Tube, Primary Peritoneal
  • Cancer: Pancreatic
  • Cancer: Prostate
  • Cancer: Rectal
  • Cancer: Skin (Melanoma)
  • Cancer: Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Cancer: Uterine
  • Cardiovascular
  • Cardiovascular Health
  • Cardiovascular Health: Aortic Aneurysm
  • Cardiovascular Health: Atrial Fibrillation
  • Cardiovascular: Marfan's Syndrome
  • Endocrinology: Diabetes
  • Endocrinology: Growth Hormone
  • Infection: Flu
  • Mental Health: Depression
  • Neurology: Arterio-vascular Malformation
  • Pulmonary: Cystic Fibrosis
  • Rheumatology: Gout
  • Skin Health: Psoriasis
  • Stroke
  • Transplant: Lung
  • Women's Health: Prolapse and Bladder Control

Specific studies currently enrolling are available on our Web site: www.LoyolaMedicine.org/Health_Professionals

Clinical Trials Office
Loyola's Clinical Trials Office is experienced in facilitating studies funded by pharmaceutical and device industry research. The Clinical Trials Office assists Loyola physicians in obtaining and executing sponsored clinical research by providing all logistical, infrastructure and administrative support. The Clinical Trials Office optimizes study performance through the work of its dedicated registered nurses who pride themselves on accuracy and timeliness. The Clinical Trials Office staff work cohesively with the nurses throughout the Loyola ambulatory and in-patient system to ensure complete data collection, timely recruitment and adherence to the study protocol.


Currently Active Clinical Investigators

Ruth Kadanoff, MD, PhD
Rochella Ostrowski, MD

Steven Edelstein, MD
Audrice Francois, MD
Lisa Gramlich, MD
Sherine Hanna, MD
W. Scott Jellish, MD, PhD
Meda Raghavendra, MD

Cardiology — Transplantation Program:
Alain Heroux, MD

Cardiology — General:
John Barron, MD, PhD
Robert Dieter, MD, RVT
Alexander Green, MD
Kyle Henderson, PhD
Bruce Lewis, MD
John Lopez, MD
Thomas McKiernan, MD
Keith McLean, MD
John Moran, MD
Ivan Pacold, MD
Biljana Pavlovic-Surjancev, MD, PhD
Thriveni Sanagala, MD
Allen Samarel, MD

Cardiology and Electrophysiology — Evaluation of Pacemakers:
Peter Santucci, MD
David Wilber, MD

Cardiology — Interventional:
Bruce Lewis, MD
Fred Leya, MD
Lowell Steen Jr., MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery:
Mamdouh Bakhos, MD
Robert Love, MD
Jeffrey Schwartz, MD
Jeanine Walenga, PhD

James Swan, MD

Emergency Medicine:
Mark Cichon, DO

Pauline Camacho, MD

Endocrinology — Diabetes:
Mary Ann Emanuele, MD

Endocrinology — Pediatric:
Carla Minutti, MD

Claus Fimmel, MD
Michael Klamut, MD
Jack Leya, MD
Anjana Pillai, MD
Thomas Schnell, MD

General Internal Medicine — DVT/PE:
Edward Gurza, MD
Anita Varkey, MD

Joseph Ahn, MD
Stanley Cohen, MD
Anjana Pillai, MD

Infectious Disease — Evaluation of New Antibiotics, Antifungals, Antiviral Agents and HIV/AIDS:
Jaime Belmares-Avalos, MD
David Hecht, MD
Stuart Johnson, MD
Bert Lopansri, MD
J. Paul O’Keefe, MD
Jorge Parada, MD, MPH

Patricia Robinson, MD
Michael Sprang, MD
Chad Whelan, MD

Medicine — Family and Sports:
Neeru Jayanthi, MD

Microbiology and Immunology:
Susan Baker, PhD
Herbert Mathews, PhD

Vinod Bansal, MD
Holly Kramer-Mattix, MD, MPH

Jose Biller, MD
Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA
Gregory Gruener, MD, MBA
Michael Schneck, MD

Neurological Surgery:
Douglas Anderson, MD
Russell Nockels, MD
Thomas Origitano, MD, PhD
John Whapham, MD

Nuclear Medicine:
Robert Wagner, MD, MSMIS

Obstetrics and Gynecology:
Scott Graziano, MD
Sondra Summers, MD
Sarah Wagner, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology — Gyn Oncology:
Ronald Potkul, MD
Donna Smith, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology — REI:
Suzanne Kavic, MD

Kathy Albain, MD
Elise Anderes, MD
Kevin Barton, MD
Joseph Clark, MD
Cheryl Czerlanis, MD
Ellen Gaynor, MD
Shelly Lo, MD
Deepak Malhotra, MD
Ricarchito Manera, MD
Kenneth Micetich, MD
Laura Michaelis, MD
Sucha Nand, MD
Tulio Rodriguez, MD
Scott Smith, MD, PhD
Patrick Stiff, MD

Charles Bouchard, MD
Walter Jay, PhD
David Yoo, MD

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery:
Louis Mercuri, DDS

Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation:
William Hopkinson, MD
Terry Light, MD
Guido Marra, MD
Michael Pinzur, MD
Francis Rottier, DPM
Michael Stover, MD

John Leonetti, MD
James Stankiewicz, MD
Kevin Welch, MD

Phillip DeChristopher, MD, PhD
Mitchell Denning, PhD
Cagatay Ersahin, MD, PhD
Jawed Fareed, PhD
Kimberly Foreman, PhD
Omer Iqbal, MD
Brian Nickoloff, MD, PhD

Rebecca Barbato, MD
Mary Jo Liszek, MD

Pediatrics — Neonatology:
Jonathan Muraskas, MD
Maliha Shareef, MD

Pediatrics — Oncology:
Charles Hemenway, MD, PhD
Ricarchito Manera, MD
Marie-Ellen Sarvida, MD

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery:
Darl Vandevender, MD

Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology:
Richard Cooper, MD
Lara Dugas, PhD
Amy Luke, PhD

Primary Care:
James Winger, MD

Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences:
Angelos Halaris, MD, PhD
Edwin Meresh, MD, MPH
Patricia Mumby, PhD

Pulmonary — Asthma and Cystic Fibrosis:
Sean Forsythe, MD

Pulmonary/Critical Care — Lung Transplantation:
Charles Alex, MD
Daniel Dilling, MD
Amal Jubran, MD
Sunita Kumar, MD

Radiation Oncology:
Kevin Albuquerque, MD

Marc Borge, MD

Ruth Kadanoff, MD, PhD
Rochella Ostrowski, MD
John Robinson, MD

Bernadette Aulivola, MD, RVT
Joshua Eberhardt, MD
Thomas Esposito, MD, MPH
P. Marco Fisichella, MD
Richard Gamelli, MD
David Holt, MD
Paul Kuo, MD
Fred Luchette, MD
Beatrice Probst, MD
Margo Shoup, MD

Surgery — Vascular and Endovascular:
Ross Milner, MD

Urogynecology and Women’s Pelvic Health:
Linda Brubaker, MD, MS
Mary Pat FitzGerald, MD
Kim Kenton, MD
Elizabeth Mueller, MD

Urology — Pediatric:
David Hatch, MD

Urology — Prostate Cancer:
Robert Flanigan, MD
Marcus Quek, MD

Contact Center

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