|Michael Brenner, MD||Tobias Köhler, MD|
Six faculty members have been promoted with tenure: Dr. Michael Brenner, from assistant professor to associate professor of surgery; Buffy Ellsworth, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor of physiology in Carbondale; Edward Gershburg, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor of medical microbiology, immunology and cell biology; Dr. Tobias Köhler, from assistant professor to associate professor of surgery; James MacLean, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor of physiology in Carbondale; and Nicole Roberts, Ph.D., from assistant professor to associate professor of medical education.
|Kevin McVary, MD|
One faculty member received tenure: Dr. Kevin McVary, professor of surgery. SIU School of Medicine’s mission is to assist the people of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health needs through education, service, research and community service. The School has more than 240 full-time physicians as well as other medical professionals, offering both primary care and specialized treatment services.
The medical school works in partnership with hospitals and clinics throughout Illinois. Clinical outreach efforts extend SIU’s involvement to 46 Illinois communities. For information, call SIU’s Call Center, 217-545-8000 or 1-800-342-5748.
Faculty and Student Receive Humanism, Teaching Awards
Several honors have been announced this spring at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield.
|John Mellinger, MD|
A faculty member and graduating senior were named recipients of the 2013 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award presented during commencement ceremonies May 18. Dr. John Mellinger, professor of surgery, and Dr. Brittany Obert, a 2013 graduate of SIU School of Medicine from Springfield, were recognized as individuals who demonstrate compassion, respect for patients and families, and clinical excellence. The award is sponsored by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.
A student who nominated Mellinger for the award said, “He is an excellent role model of the kind of physician I want to be. He is genuinely a good man who shows true concern for everyone whom he comes into contact with. He is wonderful to talk to because you know that he is truly listening to you and will give you excellent feedback. . . . His outstanding communication skills are especially evident when observing him with patients. He is extremely respectful in all aspects of patient care and truly wants to work with patients to decide what would be the best process for them.”
Mellinger is chair of the Division of General Surgery and the J. Roland Folse, M.D.,Endowed Chair for surgery. He served a fellowship in surgical endoscopy at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland (1990) and completed his general surgery residency at Blodgett Memorial Medical Center/St. Mary’s Hospital/MSU in Grand Rapids, Mich. (1989). Mellinger earned his medical degree and his bachelor’s summa cum laude from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio (1984, 1980). He served four years in the U.S. Air Force. He is board certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery. He has co-authored more than 65 research publications and book chapters.