Medical Innovators Program Releases Eighth Video in the Eight Video Series

The Sangamon County Medical Society will release the eighth video in a series that highlights the innovation and research achievements within the local medical community on August 24th.
Each video profiles a 2013 Medical Innovators Award recipient.
The video features Dr. Stephen Hazelrigg, professor and director of cardiothoracic surgery at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Dr. Hazelrigg was named a Medical Innovator for the second time (the first was in 2006) for his 20-year evolution of treatment for end-stage obstructive lung disease such as emphysema or COPD.
The 5-minute video describes Lung Volume Reduction Surgery (LVRS). His program is one of only five programs that have received certification from the Joint Commission under its Disease Specific Certification Program for LVRS.
The Medical Innovators program, first established in 2006, recognizes physicians, surgeons and researchers working in Sangamon County to improve the health care of the community. Projects recognized include basic science research findings, leading-edge clinical trials, new patient-care treatments and community service projects. The Sangamon County Medical Society, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce coordinated the program, sponsored by The Illinois State Medical Society.
The series includes eight videos produced by Springfield Clinic in collaboration with the Sangamon County Medical Society and SIU School of Medicine. A new video in the series will be released on the last Monday of each month between January and August, leading up to the call for nominations beginning in September 2015 for the 2016 Medical Innovators award program.
The videos will be available on the Sangamon County Medical Society’s YouTube channel. Click here or visit and follow the link on the right.

Employee of the Month

Employee of the Month - Stephanie WysokiCardiothoracic employee Stephanie Wysocki was recently named  Employee of the Month for August.  One of her nominators stated:
“Stephanie has exceeded the requirements of her job, has handled the work that was previously done by two employees, is always polite, efficient and reassuring to the callers.  She is the go-to person for computer issues, tracking down records, getting outside x-rays/tests and can fix most office machines.  Stephanie goes above and beyond everyday to make sure her job is not only done, but that all of the nurses and surgeons are also taken care of.  She makes sure patients in our clinic know how to get to our office, explains things to patients so they understand the papers they are filling out, and makes sure all the nurses have everything they need for clinic.  She makes coming to work enjoyable.”

Congratulations, Stephanie.



Cardiothoracic Physician Assistant Tony Grasch and son TJ (SIUSOM 2013) participated in recent Olympic Iron Abe relay  at Lake Springfield on July 25th and placed 2nd overall.  Father Tony did the swim (.9 miles lake swim) and bike (24.8 miles) while TJ did the run (6.2 miles).  Congratulations!





SIU School of Medicine, Institute for Plastic Surgery supports Kidzeum of Health and Science with a $75,000 gift (Springfield, IL) –Thanks to a $75,000 donation from the doctors of SIU School of Medicine Institute of Plastic Surgery, an interactive hand exhibit will be one of the 100 engagements that exist within the Healthy Body Gallery.

The Interactive Hand Exhibit will be located within the 40-foot tall, 3-story child that makes up the Healthy Body Gallery.  The main message of the Interactive Hand Exhibit is to demonstrate how strong muscles and tendons work together with your bones to help your hand move.  Kidzeum visitors will use a series of levers and controls to move an oversized had and grasp a ball. Click on image for larger view

“Kidzeum is extremely grateful to SIU School of Medicine and the doctors of its Institute for Plastic Surgery for supporting the Interactive Hand. Our hands do so much for us. They are capable of a wide variety of functions: touching, grasping, feeling, holding, manipulating, caressing, and more. They are a vitally important part of who we are and how we see ourselves,” said Kidzeum Board President, Rachael Thomson.

Created in 1973, The Institute for Plastic Surgery is an academic surgical practice offering specialized medical and surgical care to adults and children in central and southern Illinois.  It is committed to achieving the highest standard of excellence in all areas of reconstructive and cosmetic surgery.  The Institute is known nationally and internationally for its work in many areas including microsurgery, hand surgery and therapy, reconstructive surgery, aesthetic surgery, and specialized care in the treatment of burns and problem wounds.

The Kidzeum of Health & Science will be located in the nationally registered, historic buildings at 412, 414 and 416 East Adams Street. The Kidzeum of Health and Science will be designed with a focus on fun and learning and upon completion of its Vital for Our Youth Campaign; Kidzeum will be a three story, 25,000 square foot children’s museum dedicated to teaching children of all abilities about health and science through discovery and play. The Kidzeum has raised $5.4 million of its $6.8 million dollar goal.  Slated to open in late fall 2015.


Some Recent Grants Awarded to Dr. Vassileva

1. Health Care Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Coronary Revascularization
PCOR grant through CMS
One year access to CMS data    
Awarded 2014

2. Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement: Patient safety concerns in real-world application of evolving treatment
Bernie L. Eskridge Heart Disease Research Award
Awarded 2014