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Dr. Patrick Stiff Named Chair of SWOG Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantation Committee

MAYWOOD, Ill. - Dr. Patrick Stiff of Loyola University Medical Center has been named chairman of a nationwide committee of cancer researchers who design and conduct clinical trials involving bone marrow and stem cell transplants.

Such transplants treat blood and lymph cancers, including leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma.

The SWOG Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantation Committee includes 86 investigators from many of the nation’s top cancer centers.

SWOG, formerly known as the Southwest Oncology Group, is a network of more than 4,000 cancer researchers and is at more than 500 institutions across the country and internationally. Primarily supported by the National Cancer Institute, SWOG designs and conducts multidisciplinary clinical trials to improve the practice of medicine in preventing, detecting and treating cancer, and to enhance the quality of life for cancer survivors.

Stiff has served as vice chairman of the Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantation Committee since 2000. “He is eminently qualified to now become its overall leader,” said Dr. Charles D. Blanke, SWOG chairman. “He is also SWOG principal investigator for Loyola University, and hence knows our group well."

Stiff is division director of Hematology/Oncology and medical director of Loyola’s Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center. He is a professor in the departments of Hematology/Oncology and Pathology of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Loyola has treated more blood cancer patients with stem cell transplants than any other center in Illinois, and has one of the largest unrelated donor transplant programs in the world. Loyola physicians have performed more than 2,700 stem cell transplants, including about 150 cord blood transplants. Loyola has a particular expertise in treating patients who cannot find matching donors from either their families or the National Marrow Donor Program. Loyola receives referrals from throughout the Midwest, including other academic medical centers in Chicago. Loyola is among the first centers to use umbilical cord donations for the treatment of certain adult cancers.

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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