Specialist in Movement Disorders Joins Loyola Medicine
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Kathy Kujawa, MD, PhD, Specialist in Movement Disorders, Joins Loyola Medicine

Loyola Medicine neurologist Kathy Kujawa, MD, PhD
MAYWOOD, IL – Kathy Kujawa, MD, PhD, a neurologist who specializes in treating Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders, has joined Loyola Medicine.

Movement disorders are neurological conditions that cause tremors, slowness, difficulty walking and other abnormal movements.

In addition to Parkinson's disease, other movement disorders Dr. Kujawa treats include tremor, essential tremor, dystonia (involuntary muscle contractions), Huntington's disease, blepharospasm (dystonia of the eyes and brows) and spasmodic torticollis (dystonia of neck muscles).
Movement disorders are complex conditions that sometimes are misdiagnosed. The disorders can cause other conditions, such as anxiety, depression, insomnia and constipation.
Movement disorders are not curable, and some disorders become progressively worse. But education, counseling, medications, physical therapy and lifestyle modifications such as exercise can significantly improve a patient's quality of life, Dr. Kujawa said.
Dr. Kujawa also offers non-cosmetic Botox treatments for movement disorders affecting the face and neck.
A movement disorder affects more than the patient. "It's a family disease," Dr. Kujawa said. "A patient needs a support system. I encourage family members to accompany patients on their doctor visits."
Dr. Kujawa earned a medical degree and a PhD in neuroregeneration from Chicago Medical School. She completed a residency in neurology at the University of Maryland Hospital and a fellowship in movement disorders from Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Kujawa is board certified in neurology.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

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.