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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Three Loyola Medicine Pathologists Named to The Pathologist Magazine's Power List 2020

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MAYWOOD, IL – Three Loyola Medicine colleagues have been named to The Pathologist magazine’s Power List 2020, an international listing of “inspirational individuals who make laboratory medicine such a fantastic field.” This is the third consecutive year that Loyola Medicine pathologists have been named to this prestigious annual list.

Kamran Mirza, MD, PhD, medical director of molecular pathology at Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), is among the honorees in the “A Solid Foundation” category, celebrating “the educators, mentors, and selfless individuals who go above and beyond to support others;” Constantine E. Kanakis, MD, a first-year pathology and laboratory medicine resident at LUMC, is on “The Social Network” list, recognizing “social media users who have harnessed online platforms for education, outreach, and community-building;” and Jonathan Bakst, Loyola Medicine regional administrative director of Laboratory Services, was named to the list in the “Big Breakthroughs” category, honoring “trailblazers working at the cutting edge and driving forward the future of the field.”

Dr. Mirza, who is also associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, received the 2019 Outstanding Classroom Educator award from the Stritch School of Medicine graduating class, and the 2019 Teaching Excellence Award from The Ohio State University's Pathology Student Interest Group. In 2017, Dr. Mirza was voted one of the top five honorees in the ASCP 40 Under Forty list. He also made The Pathologist’s 2018 and 2019 Power List. Nominators praised Dr. Mirza’s advocacy work for laboratory professionals and say he is “leading the way for residents, medical students and laboratory technician students to shine.”

Dr. Kanakis has a background in medical laboratory science and spent nearly a decade working in clinical laboratories before turning to pathology, “a career path that has shaped his ability to connect people of all disciplines and levels of practice,” according to The Pathologist. Nominators praised his online lectures about the COVID-19 pandemic and related testing problems throughout the U.S.

Bakst began his career as a pathologists’ assistant and lab manager before advancing to oversee all of Loyola Medicine’s laboratory services. He is a former American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) 40 Under Forty winner and member of the American Association of Pathologists’ Assistants Board of Trustees. His “efforts toward championing the pathologists’ assistant profession are second to none,” according to The Pathologist.

“We are proud to learn that our esteemed pathology department members Mr. Bakst, Dr. Mirza and Dr. Kanakis have been recognized by peers in their field. Their commitment to quality in support of our patients, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic, is appreciated by all of us at Loyola Medicine,” said Eva Wojcik, MD, chair, department of pathology, at Loyola Medicine.

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.