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March 2, 2006

SIU Med School Names Chair of Plastic Surgery Division

Dr. Michael W. Neumeister Dr. Michael Neumeister portrait has been named chair of the plastic surgery division at Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine effective July 1, 2006. He continues as director of the plastic surgery residency program and the microsurgery research laboratory at SIU and of the wound care center at Memorial Medical Center.

A professor of plastic surgery, Neumeister joined the SIU faculty in 1997, specializing in hand surgery and microsurgery. He replaces Dr. Elvin G. Zook, professor of plastic surgery, who will be stepping down as division chair after 33 years. Zook will continue to see patients and perform surgery as a member of SIU Physicians & Surgeons.

Before joining SIU, Neumeister served a fellowship in hand and microsurgery at SIU's Plastic Surgery Institute (1997) and a microsurgery fellowship at Harvard University’s Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston (1996). He completed his plastic surgery residency at Manitoba University in Winnipeg (1996) and his general surgery residency at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia (1993). Neumeister received his medical degree from the University of Toronto (1988) and bachelor’s in physiology/pharmacology from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario (1984).

Neumeister is board certified in plastic surgery by both the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada and the American Board of Plastic Surgeons. His memberships include the Plastic Surgery Research Council (PSRC), American Association for Hand Surgery, American Burn Association, American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM), American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH), Association of Academic Chairmen of Plastic Surgery and American Association of Plastic Surgeons. He has served as an elected officer on national committees including for the American Society of Plastic Surgery as well as ASRM, PSRC and ASSH. Neumeister is currently the vice-president of the Midwest Plastic Surgery Society.

Neumeister's research interests include tissue engineering, the role of stem cells in reconstruction, ischemia reperfusion, peripheral nerve and burn modulation.

A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Neumeister grew up in Toronto, Ontario. Neumeister and his wife, Nadine, are the parents of three daughters.

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