Historical Overview of SIU School of Medicine


About SIU School of Medicine


SIU School of Medicine was established in 1970 with a mission to educate physicians for central and southern Illinois. We are a medical school with four areas of excellence: medical education, patient care, research and community service. 

Our 250 physicians treat patients throughout the region through our multidisciplinary clinics called SIU HealthCare. We also engage in world-renowned research, notably in cancer, Alzheimer’s and audiology. Community service is a part of everything we do.

We don’t own our hospitals, but partner with numerous hospitals in Illinois to ensure the needs of the communities are met with a patient-centered focus.

Our mission is to assist the people of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health-care needs.


We are a medical education institution providing educaiton to undergraduate medical students, medical and surgical residents, fellowships. We also teach graduate degrees (master's and doctorates) in the basic sciences. We also offer a curriculum for physician assistant students, and programs for students to receive MD/JD and a MD/MPH degrees. Continuing Professional Development supports the professional development of medicla professionals. In 2007, the School received a full accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the national accrediting group for medical schools. SIU first received accredtition in 1973.


SIU HealthCare is the medical practice of SIU School of Medicine. More than 260 full-time faculty physicians work in seven clinical disciplines: family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, obstetrics/ gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry and surgery. SIU HealthCare integrates with the School’s educational programs to provide patients access to the most advanced care available. SIU HealthCare clinics are located primarily in Springfield at the SIU Clinics/Richard H. Moy Building, Baylis Medical Building and the Carol Jo Vecchie Women& Children’s Center in St. John’s Hospital. Family medicine centers are also located in Carbondale, Decatur and Quincy. Additional clinics in orthopaedics are in Quincy, and OB/GYN in Taylorville. SIU School of Medicine provide additional patient services at nine institutes and centers. With these resources, patients from throughout Illinois and the Midwest have easy access to the full-range of services, from primary care to tertiary-level specialty care. These clinics handle more than 425,000 visits annually. Visit www.siuhealthcare.org.


SIU researchers are studying a wide range of basic and clinical sciences, including hearing loss, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and much more. More than 240 research projects funded by outside resources are underway in 100-plus laboratories. Research opportunities are included in both the medical student and resident educational experience. Grants total $27.2 million (FY13), for basic science projects and clinical trials. About two-thirds are funded by federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health. Other support comes from health associations, pharmaceutical companies and private foundations. Labs are located in multiple facilities: the 801 Medical Instructional Facility, 911 N. Rutledge St. building, the Springfield Combined Laboratory Facility and the Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU. Additional labs are located on the Carbondale campus.


Caring for the community of central and southern Illinois is our mandate. Beyond providing extensive clinical and education services, our faculty and staff travel to more than 171 outreach sites in nearly 90 Illinois communities. Programs include a growing telehealth network, numerous continuing medical education programs, SIU medical library, the Rural Health Initiative program and the Pearson Museum. The School’s Community Service Committee comprises nearly 100 faculty, staff and students in five subcommittees who are engaged in numerous activities
in Springfield and the surrounding areas, reaffirming the School’s mission to meet the health-care needs of the community in multiple ways.


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QuickFacts about SIU School of Medicine

SIU School of Medicine Brochure (pdf)

Behavioral Standards brochure (pdf)

Organizational Chart

History of SIU School of Medicine

Human Resources

Phone 217-545-8000
P.O. Box 19620
Springfield, IL 62794-9620
The mission of the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is to assist the people of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health care needs through education, patient care, research, and service to the community.


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