Alexander J. Ghanayem, MD, appointed Chief Medical Officer of Loyola Medical Group

Newswise – MAYWOOD, IL – Loyola Medicine has announced the appointment of Alexander J. Ghanayem, MD, FAAOS, FAOA, as Chief Medical Officer of its Medical Group. The Loyola Medicine University Health System includes Loyola University Medical Center, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, and MacNeal Hospital. Dr. Ghanayem joined Loyola Medicine in 1995 and serves as Director of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Ghanayem has headed the orthopedic department since 2016. He is a graduate of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He completed an internship in general surgery and a residency in orthopedic surgery at Case Western Reserve University, as well as a fellowship in spinal surgery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“Dr. Ghanayem’s leadership has helped make Loyola Medicine a nationally recognized center for orthopedic education, research and patient care,” said Richard K. Freeman, MD, MBA, FACS, executive vice president and regional clinical director of Loyola Medicine. “We are confident that his important contributions will continue in his new role leading our group of physicians.”

Dr. Ghanayem’s clinical expertise includes spinal surgery of a variety of conditions including cervical and lumbar spine. He has published over 60 articles in peer-reviewed medical journals, presented over 150 abstracts at national medical conferences, and written chapters for several medical textbooks. Dr. Ghanayem currently sits on Loyola Medicine’s finance committee and chairs the compensation committee.

Loyola Medical Group is a multidisciplinary, physician-led team of more than 850 advanced practice physicians and providers committed to providing advanced, comprehensive care at more than 15 Chicago-area locations. As part of Loyola Medicine, patients have access to a nationally ranked academic healthcare system comprised of three hospitals (MacNeal Hospital, Loyola University Medical Center, and Gottlieb Memorial Hospital) and several multi-specialty ambulatory care centers located in neighborhoods of greater Chicago. region.

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About Loyola Medicine

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a nationally ranked quaternary care academic system based in the western suburbs of Chicago. The three-hospital system includes Loyola University Medical Center, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital and MacNeal Hospital, as well as convenient locations providing primary care, specialty care and immediate care services from more than 1,800 physicians in the Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola is a 547-bed licensed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. & Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 Trauma Center, the world’s largest burn center of Illinois, a certified comprehensive stroke center and children’s hospital. Loyola is also training the next generation of caregivers through its academic affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-bed licensed community hospital in Melrose Park with the newly renovated Judd A. Weinberg Emergency Department, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care, and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research facility at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center. MacNeal is a 374-bed accredited teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced medical, surgical and psychiatric services, acute rehabilitation, an inpatient skilled nursing facility and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. Loyola Medical Group, a team of primary and specialty care physicians, provides care at more than 15 Chicago-area locations. For more information, visit You can also follow Loyola Medicine on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter.

About Trinity Health

Trinity Health is one of the nation’s largest multi-agency Catholic health care delivery systems, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people in 22 states. Trinity Health includes 92 hospitals, as well as 100 continuing care facilities which include PACE programs, senior living facilities, and home care and palliative care services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Michigan, and with annual operating revenues of $18.8 billion and assets of $30.5 billion, the organization returns $1.3 billion to its communities every year under the form of charitable care and other community benefit programs. Trinity Health employs approximately 123,000 colleagues, including 6,800 salaried physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity Health is known for its focus on the nation’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 – categorized by number of visits – in the nation, as well as the main national provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) depending on the number of programs available. For more information, visit You can also follow Trinity Health on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter.