Department News: 2009
Outpatient Survey Comment Report Surveys Received 11/28 - 12/4/09
  • This provider, along with all of the ophthalmology staff, receptionist, nurses, technicians, were all gracious, compassionate, kind, informed, efficient and most professional. From Dr. Felipe De Alba who is outstandingly knowledgeable on down were great!
  • The attendants who care for me are very professional, knowledgeable, compassionate, efficient medical problem solvers. I have been under Loyola physicians and their staffs care since 1972 and have had constant care and compassion from all.
  • Clinic is well-run and caring. My only criticism would be an occasional coding error on services, causing extra paperwork contact.
  • My relations with Loyola Ophthalmology Department have been uniformly positive. Thanks!

Peter Russo, OD
Dr. Russo passed was presented the Diplomate award from the American Academy of Optometry's Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies for demonstrating a required level of knowledge and expertise in required areas. Completing these requirements shows a broad base of knowledge in all phases of contact lens practice or refractive technology.

Ernest Rolland
Ernest is our newest Service Representative and has plenty of experience. He has worked not only as a Service Rep, he's worked as a Registration Specialist and has worked in LUPF, in billing. Welcome Ernest!

Deborah (Debbie) O'Hearn
started with us as a nurse week of Thanksgiving. Debbie has worked at Loyola in the past and is a certified RN. Welcome Debbie!

William Bonk
has accepted the position of photographer with our department September 28, 2009. Bill brings ophthalmic expertise to this position on many levels as most of you are aware. Bill is a Certified Ophthalmic Technician with several years experience - and probably has seen enough "eyes" to write his own ophthalmic text book. Congratulations!

Farewell to Sarah Fagan Crowe
The department of Ophthalmology wishes Sarah much happiness in her new home in Florida. She will be missed!
[ see photos from the event! ]

Charles Bouchard, MD
Congratulations! The American Academy of Ophthalmology Board of Trustees recently approved your nominations to the following Academy committee(s):

BCSC Sec. 8: External Disease and Cornea - Member Subcommittee
Committee members and committee chairs are appointed by the Board of Trustees, for one-year terms (January 1st - December 31st) and may serve a maximum of five one-year terms. Annually the Board of Trustees reviews all committee member reappointments and nominations.

Darlene Dement
Welcome Back Darlene! Charles S. Bouchard, MD, Carol Braxton, MS, Director of Administration and Practice Manager, along with the physicians, residents and staff from the department of Ophthalmology were happy to see Darlene back at her desk as Program Coordinator – Extraordinaire. Allison Landes, MD, was the creative force behind the amazing decorations and delicious cake.
[ see photos from the event! ]

Charles S. Bouchard, MD
Congratulations to Dr. Bouchard who received the tribute of "2009 Honorary Rotarian of the Year"

R. Tracy Williams, MD
Congratulations to Dr. Williams, who was named "2009 Spectrios" business of the year.

Walter Jay, MD

  • The Education Program Committee will present Dr. Jay’s course on Vision, Aging and Driving October 23-27, 2009 at the Hilton San Francisco in California.
  • Walter Jay, MD, was awarded the “2009 Top Doctor Award” by his colleagues. Well done!
  • The American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) recognizes Dr. Jay for his exceptional work as panel leader for 2009.
  • Dr. Walter Jay, Ophthalmology, Clinical, Stritch School of Medicine was elected 2009-2010 Faculty Council Officer.

Cathleen Cronin, MD
Cathleen Cronin, MD, was the St. Martin de Porres Award Recipient at Fenwick High School, Oak Park, Illinois on Sunday March 22, 2009. Congratulations Dr. Cronin!

James McDonnell, MD
Effective July 1, 2009, James McDonnell, MD will be promoted to Professor, in the department of Ophthalmology, Loyola University Medical Center.

Rabb Retina Study Club
The Loyola Department of Ophthalmology hosted the Rabb Retina Study Club, Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at the Loyola University, Chicago Water Tower Campus, 820 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.

Vitreo-Retinal Specialists, fellows, residents and ophthalmic photographers shared their more challenging cases with their peers and had open discussions of the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of vitreo-retinal disease.

A buffet was served with presentations from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

DuPage Rotary helps in Guatemala
Local medical professionals from Wheaton's Spectrios Institute for Low Vision, assisted by volunteers from the Central DuPage Rotary, treated 535 patients in the mountain village of Chichicastenango, Guatemala during one week in early February 2009.