The division of cardiothoracic surgery at SIU consists of 6 board certified surgeons in cardiac and thoracic surgery located in Springfield (5) and Carbondale (1). We represent the largest volume provider of heart, lung and esophageal surgery in downstate Illinois and the largest academic program in the state. We presently have open trials to study all aspects of heart and lung surgery. These trials allow us to both offer cutting edge treatments for patients as well as study these areas for future benefit.
Some specific areas of ongoing research include, novel treatments for mitral valve disease, methods to decrease inflammation at the time of open heart surgery, and specific genetic studies for lung cancer. Presently we have a tissue bank which allows genetic testing and storage of these cells for future study.
Our division is part of the Simmons Cancer Institute where we see hundreds of patients annually for lung and esophageal cancer in a multidisciplinary clinic along with oncologists and radiation therapists. We have established nutritional and emotional support programs for patients and families including the only lung cancer support group in the state.
The cardiac surgery program at SIU offers cutting edge treatments including new valve proceedures, off pump bypass surgery, and minimally invasive heart surgery. Our clinics are convienently located with friendly access for patients and prompt surgical scheduling. All of our faculty participate in resident and medical student education in surgery.
Overall the program at SIU represents one of the largest academic programs in the region and the best of research, clinical trials, and the latest in technology and surgical techniques. We performed over 1500 cardiothoracic operations last year and believe that the combination of high volume with research and teaching provides the optimum for patient care.
Stephen Hazelrigg, M.D.
Professor and Division Chair