Pediatric Critical Care Specialist Brings Expertise to Loyola

News Archive March 06, 2012

Pediatric Critical Care Specialist Brings Expertise to Loyola

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Rahul Bhatia, MD, has joined the Loyola University Health System pediatric critical care team. As a pediatric critical care physician he brings his expertise to the care of children facing difficult medical challenges in the pediatric intensive care unit. In addition, he is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Dr. Bhatia’s professional interests include acute lung injury, how the stress of critical illness affects the body and simulation in pediatric critical care. He also has a passion for medical education and works closely with physicians in training as the associate residency program director.

“It is an honor to take care of critically ill children and be a part of their families during difficult times. It is our team’s goal to establish trust with the families and to provide state-of-the-art care in a critical care setting,” Dr. Bhatia said.

Before joining Loyola, Dr. Bhatia was an assistant professor of pediatrics at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison.

He currently serves on Loyola’s Resident Education Review Committee, is co-chair of the Resident Recruitment and Resident Advisory committees, chair of the Achieving Resident Potential committee and rotation director in pediatric critical care.

In addition, he serves on several national committees, including the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s Graduate and Resident Education and the Pediatric Multiprofessional Board Review Course committees.

He has authored numerous articles that have been published in leading medical journals. He has made several abstract and poster presentations at international and national conventions.  In addition, he is a reviewer for the Society of Critical Care Medicine Congress Abstracts and question reviewer for the American Board of Pediatrics. He also has authored the book Handbook of Pediatric Critical Care for House Officers. Active in research, he has studied the effects of Surfactant administration prior to one-lung ventilation to alleviate lung injury. And he is currently investigating the role of salivary cortisol levels in critically ill children and the role of pretracheal stethoscope and capnography during intra-hospital transport in children.

He is an instructor in the American Heart Association Network, member of the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.
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