CHICAGO – Ukrainian American physician Theresa Kuritza is determined to improve the future of women’s health care. Last September this assistant professor of radiology was appointed medical director of breast imaging at Loyola University Health System, where she dedicates herself to her professional passion of breast imaging with digital mammography, MRI, 3D/Tomosynthesis, automated whole breast ultrasound and performing breast biopsies.
“I see a wonderful opportunity to bring the newest technology in breast imaging, quality change and services to the Loyola family of medical institutions in the near future,” said Dr. Kuritza. “As the section chief of the Breast Imaging Center, I’m delighted to dedicate my time and skill to the needs of our patients, physicians, students and staff.”
Dr. Kuritza is proud to be on staff at Loyola where over 3,000 patients are treated for breast cancer every year, and where she oversees a staff of seven dedicated breast imagers, 24 mammography technologists, six outpatient breast imaging sites, radiology residents and medical students.
In the future, Dr. Kuritza aspires to serve underprivileged and uninsured inner city and rural women with specially equipped mobile mammography van units. She also intends to help strengthen breast cancer services in Ukraine, which currently lacks mammography equipment and a formal screening program, making early stage detection more difficult and lowering survival rates.
The humanitarian instincts and organizational skills that make Dr. Kuritza such a well-rounded medical professional were to a large extent honed in the Ukrainian community. Born and raised in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village, Dr. Kuritza has volunteered in Ukrainian communities across the country. She has also volunteered at summer youth camps: Plast Ukrainian Scouting Organization’s “Pochatkovyi Tabir” for first-time campers, the Ukrainian American Youth Association-sponsored Sports Camp in Baraboo, Wis., and the Roma Pryma Bohachevsky Dance Camp at the Soyuzivka Heritage Center in Kerhonkson, N.Y.
Dr. Kuritza is the Illinois branch secretary/treasurer of the Ukrainian Medical Association of North America (UMANA) where she also sits on the Debutante Ball committee. She’s an active member of the Plast sorority Spartanky and belongs to Ukrainian National Association Branch 399.
In May 2016 Dr. Kuritza graduated from Loyola University of Chicago Quinlan School of Business with an M.B.A. in health care management, a segment of which she earned with international studies abroad in Lisbon, Berlin and Prague.