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Loyola surgeon honored with prestigious lectureship in his name

Loyola University Health System


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Credit: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

MAYWOOD, Ill. - An annual lectureship in surgical oncology has been established in the name of Gerard V. Aranha, MD, a Loyola University Medical cancer surgeon and a professor in the Department of Surgery of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Dr. Aranha said having a lectureship in his name is a great honor. "Each year, we will invite a top expert in the field to come to Loyola to share new ideas with attending physicians, residents and medical students about advances in cancer treatment," Dr. Aranha said.

The first annual Gerard V. Aranha, MD Surgical Oncology Lectureship will be held Sept. 9. Guest speaker is Charles J. Yeo, MD, a cancer surgeon and chair of the Department of Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Dr. Yeo is one of the world's top surgeons performing the Whipple procedure for pancreatic cancer patients.

Dr. Aranha was born in Bangalore, India. He attended St Joseph's Boys High School and College and obtained his medical degree from Bangalore Medical College. Dr. Aranha earned a medical degree and completed an internship at Bangalore Medical School. He completed a residency in general surgery at Loyola and a fellowship in surgical oncology at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Aranha was director of Loyola's Breast Care Center, associate director of the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center and chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology. He also served as chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology and General Surgery at Hines VA Hospital.

Dr. Aranha has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, and is well known and highly regarded for his clinical acumen and outstanding surgical skills. His expertise includes pancreatic and esophageal cancers.

In 2003, Dr Aranha received the Distinguished Service Award from the Association of VA Surgeons, and in 2009 he received Loyola's Stritch Medal, the highest honor to an alumnus or staff member. In 2015, Newsweek magazine named Dr. Aranha to its list of Top Cancer Doctors.

Dr. Aranha is past president of the C.B. Puestow Surgical Society, Chicago Surgical Society, Illinois Surgical Society and Midwest Surgical Association and vice president of the Western Surgical Association.

Dr. Aranha and his wife Rose have five children and seven grandchildren. He lives in Oak Brook, Ill. and attends Visitation Church


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