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April 10, 2015

Rafiq Kutty, MD, named director of respiratory and sleep lab at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Rafiq Kutty, MD, has been named director of the sleep laboratory and respiratory unit at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, part of Loyola University Health System.

Dr. Kutty, who comes to Gottlieb from the University of Illinois at Chicago, is board certified in pulmonary and critical care medicine as well as sleep medicine.

“Gottlieb has an expanding sleep lab and respiratory unit and we are looking to Dr. Kutty to help us further our reach,” said Laura Concannon, MD, MBA, FACP, chief medical officer, Gottlieb. “Dr. Kutty can further build respiratory and the sleep lab as integrated services at Gottlieb for the betterment of our patients and convenience of our physicians.”

Dr. Kutty received his medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean, St. Maarten, Dutch West Indies. He completed his residency and internship at the Medical College of Wisconsin and his fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor of arts in biology. 

Gottlieb’s sleep laboratory provides a comprehensive approach to diagnosing and treating adult and pediatric sleep problems, including snoring, sleep apnea (shallow or irregular breathing during sleep) and narcolepsy (excessive daytime sleepiness). The multidisciplinary team of sleep specialists includes neurologists, pulmonologists, otolaryngologists and oral/maxillofacial surgeons. Sleep studies (called polysomnography) are sometimes needed for evaluation of problems such as sleep-related epilepsy, periodic limb-movement disorders and parasomnia (includes bedwetting, sleepwalking and nightmares).

Patients are evaluated in comfortable, homelike private bedrooms that are equipped with electronic devices for monitoring the patient’s physiological processes and an infrared, closed- circuit TV monitor to observe the patient’s sleep. Registered sleep technologists perform the study. A written and graphical report with findings and recommendations for treatment is prepared by the neurologist and forwarded to the referring physician.

Patients with snoring problems and sleep apnea are assessed and treatment is determined by the multidisciplinary team. Multiple sleep latency tests also may be performed during the day to confirm the presence of daytime sleepiness and to diagnose narcolepsy.

Treatments include:

  • Continuous positive airway pressure device (CPAP)
  • Corrective laser procedure
  • Laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP)
  • Other highly specialized procedures, designed to help stop snoring and obstructive sleep apnea
  • Surgery

Patient suites and the Sleep Laboratory are conveniently located in the Diagnostic Center, on the hospital’s main floor. Certain procedures, such as LAUP, are performed on the Maywood campus. To learn more about the sleep lab and respiratory, call (708) 538-4917 or visit

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.

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