MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Dr. Richard Borrowdale has been named chief of the Division of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology in the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at Loyola University Health System.
Borrowdale has 20 years experience performing surgeries for head and neck tumors and trained under the internationally known Dr. Ronald Hamaker. Borrowdale comes to Loyola from Head and Neck Surgery Associates in Indianapolis, one of the busiest private head-and-neck oncology practices in the country.
"We are extremely fortunate to have recruited Dr. Borrowdale," said Dr. James Stankiewicz, chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. "He has extensive experience in managing all aspects of head and neck surgery, and is deeply committed to his patients."
Head and neck cancers include tumors that originate in the nasal cavity, sinuses, lips, mouth, salivary glands, throat or voice box. Surgery can be disabling or disfiguring, but techniques are improving to reconstruct surgical sites and restore functions such as talking and swallowing, Borrowdale said.
Among the new techniques is a minimally invasive robotic surgical system. Loyola recently became the first Illinois hospital to use the robotic system for oral, head and neck tumors.
"I see patients who are distraught and need help," Borrowdale said. "I try to get them through it."
Borrowdale earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Loyola University Chicago and an MD from Loyola's Stritch School of Medicine. He did his residency at Loyola and a fellowship under Hamaker at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
Borrowdale grew up in Oak Lawn and went to Marist High School in Chicago. He now lives in Lemont with his wife, Mary Beth, and four children. "I've come back home," he said.
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, Loyola University Hospital, is a 569-licensed-bed facility. It 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 264-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.