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Katia Meirelles, MD, joins Loyola as director of Medical Genetics

MAYWOOD, Ill. (May 2, 2014) – Katia Meirelles, MD, has joined Loyola University Health System as director of Medical Genetics.

Medical genetics is a specialty that involves the diagnosis and management of hereditary disorders and genetic counseling of patients and their families.

“The entire family becomes your patient,” Dr. Meirelles said.

Dr. Meirelles has trained in pediatric surgery as well as medical genetics. She earned her medical degree from the Medical School of Teresopolis - Fundacão Educacional Serra dos Órgãos in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She was chief resident in Pediatric Surgery at Lagoa Hospital in Rio de Janeiro. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in basic science research at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, a residency in general surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital and a residency in medical genetics at Harvard Medical School Genetics Training Program.

Dr. Meirelles is an instructor in the Department of Medicine of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. She and her husband, Dr. Marcelo Da Silva, live in Burr Ridge with their two children. Dr. DaSilva is Loyola’s director of Thoracic Surgery.

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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