MAYWOOD, IL (July 8, 2020)– Loyola Medicine has opened a multidisciplinary men's health center that will be a gateway to the health care system for men who tend to shy away from doctors.
The center, directed by Kevin McVary, MD, FACS, a nationally known urologist and leading expert in men's health, is the only academic medical center-affiliated program in the Chicago area.
Dr. McVary noted that men have a lower life expectancy than women and spend 25 percent less money on health care. Men go to the doctor less often and wait longer to seek treatment. Men's doctor visits often are scheduled by their wives.
Men typically come to Loyola's center for treatment of urological disorders such as sexual dysfunctions, prostate complaints, kidney stones, urination problems and low testosterone levels. While treating these problems, the program also assesses men's other health needs, such as cholesterol screening, sleep disorders, diabetes screening and colonoscopy screening. Such assessments can detect underlying conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, sleep apnea and diabetes. When indicated, the center will refer patients for further specialty care.
"By managing urological risk factors, we also will contribute to the man's overall health," Dr. McVary said. "The program offers gender-specific quality care to men in a supportive environment, backed by the resources of an academic medical center."
Loyola's men's health center takes a holistic, preventive approach to men's health, including healthy lifestyle, behavior modifications and medications. For example, Dr. McVary said, modest amounts of exercise can improve urination problems and sexual function as well as providing many other health benefits.
In addition to daytime hours, the program will be open one evening per week and Saturday mornings. It is located at Loyola’s Burr Ridge location, which offers a broad range of specialty services, laboratory testing, imaging services and a sleep lab.
To make an appointment, call 888-584-7888.
About Dr. McVary
Dr. McVary is a professor of urology at Loyola Medicine. He joined Loyola from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (SIU), where he was chair of the department of urology. Prior to SIU, Dr. McVary was director, Sexual Dysfunction, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Dr. McVary has held leadership roles in clinical organizations. He has served as president of the Chicago Urological Society, chair of the American Urological Association (AUA) clinical guidelines panel for benign prostate hyperplasia, a member of AUA clinical guidelines panels for erectile dysfunction and Peyronie's disease, associate editor of the Journal of Urology, co-chair of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network's Sexual Function Committee, chair of the Strategic Planning Committee of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), chair of the NIDDK urology section and advisor to the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Devices and Radiologic Health. He has published more than 290 peer-reviewed research articles. Dr. McVary was named to Chicago magazine and Castle Connolly Top Doctor lists.
Dr. McVary earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Northwestern University, where he also completed a residency in urology and a fellowship in neuro control of pelvic function. He is board certified in urology and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.