Wendell W. Becton, M.D., has joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine as an assistant professor of surgery, specializing in nonsurgical orthopedics/sports medicine and rehabilitation.
Previously Becton has been the medical director of sports medicine at Decatur Memorial Hospital (DMH) and had a solo practice with DMH Medical Group, specializing in musculoskeletal medicine/primary care orthopedics and sports medicine at Kenwood Medical Center in Decatur (1998-2013).
He is a team physician for the St. Louis Cardinal baseball team, affiliated with Mercy Health System (2007-present).
He has served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves in a variety of official medical capacities since 1994. In spring 2010, he was deployed with Operation Enduring Freedom to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, as a flight surgeon and Commander with the 455th Expeditionary Operations Group - Flight Medicine.
Becton completed a fellowship in sports medicine at MacNeal Family Practice/Rush Presbyterian, St. Luke’s in Berwyn (1998). He completed a residency in family practice at SIU School of Medicine in Quincy (1997) and completed the Aerospace Medicine Primary Course at Brooks Air Force Base Flight Surgeon School in San Antonio, Texas (1995). He completed an internship in general surgery at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga (1994). He received his medical degree at East Tennessee State in Johnson City (1993).
Becton is board certified in family medicine and sports medicine. His professional interests include musculoskeletal medicine, orthopedics and sports medicine.
He and his wife, Dodie, live in Decatur with their three children.