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March 6, 2002

Colorectal surgeon Dr. Jan Rakinic Dr. Jan Rakinic portrait has joined the faculty at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine as an associate professor of general surgery. She has research interests in colorectal cancer, sigmoid diverticular disease and the association of cancers of the colorectum, breast and female genital tract.

Prior to joining SIU, Rakinic was on the faculty at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia (1990-2001). She served as director of the colorectal surgery residency program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (TJUH) (1995-2001), and on several committees of the hospital and medical school.

Rakinic earned a bachelor's degree with high distinction from Wayne State University in Detroit (1978). She received her medical degree from Tulane University Medical School in New Orleans (1983) and completed a combined residency in general surgery at University of Illinois/Cook County Hospital in Chicago (1989). She spent one year doing basic research in the Trauma Laboratory of Cook County Hospital and received the Harry M. Vars Award in Nutritional Research in 1987, given by the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. Rakinic then completed a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at TJUH (1990).

Rakinic is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. She is currently an associate board examiner for the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, and is the American Medical Association representative to the Residency Review Committee on Colon and Rectal Surgery. She also is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. She is a member of several medical societies, including the Association for Surgical Education, the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract and the Association of Women Surgeons.

Rakinic has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and chapters in surgical texts and given both national and regional presentations. She is currently program chair for the 2002 scientific convention of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, which meets in Chicago in June.

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