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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Loyola University Medical Center Pathologist Named 2020-2021 President of the American Society of Cytopathology

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MAYWOOD, Ill.—Güliz A. Barkan, MD, a genitourinary pathologist, and the director of cytopathology and the cytopathology fellowship program at Loyola University Medical Center, has been named president of the American Society of Cytopathology (ASC). Dr. Barkan, who also is a professor at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, will be inaugurated as the 69th president of ASC on November 7, 2020 during ASC’s 68th Annual Scientific Meeting.

Dr. Barkan received her medical degree from Marmara University School of Medicine in Istanbul, Turkey in 1995. She completed residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of Michigan in 2001, and a surgical pathology fellowship there in 2002. She also completed a cytopathology fellowship at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in 2003. She joined the Loyola University Medical Center department of pathology and laboratory medicine in January 2006. Her interests include cytopathology and surgical pathology of the genitourinary tract, and pathology education. She has authored a significant number of peer-reviewed publications, abstracts, chapters, and given numerous national and international invited talks and workshops, mostly in the fields of cytopathology and surgical pathology of the genitourinary system. 

“Dr. Barkan is an exemplary cytopathologist, who will be an outstanding ASC president,” said Eva Wojcik, MD, chair of Loyola’s department of pathology and laboratory medicine, which performs millions of tests at more than 75 inpatient and outpatient clinical service locations. Dr. Wojcik was ASC president in 2015. Loyola is one of a very few institutions in the country to be a home of two ASC presidents, particularly within such a short period of time.

The ASC, founded in 1951, is a distinguished national professional society of physicians, cytotechnologists and scientists who are dedicated to the detection and early diagnosis of nearly all forms of cancer. The ASC is the largest medical society solely devoted to recognizing cellular abnormalities in order to benefit patients. The ASC’s diverse membership of more than 3,000 individuals includes representatives from other countries who share a vision of education, research and continuous improvement in the standards and quality of patient care. The ASC is a unique society that provides a forum where physicians and cytotechnologists can interact and network with each other on both a personal and professional level. For more information on ASC, visit cytopathology.org.

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Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 92 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 129,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.