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Graduated Residents & Alumni

The SIU General Surgery Residency has been very successful in preparing graduates for competitive fellowship and job opportunities. Over the last 10 years, graduates have matriculated in fellowships in colorectal surgery, trauma and surgical critical care, minimally invasive surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, surgical endoscopy, breast oncology, and transplant surgery.  Similar to national averages, approximately 20% have gone directly into practice in general surgery upon completion of the residency.  The following list shows where our most recent graduates have gone upon graduation.

Class of 2017

  • Erin Bailey, MD:  General Surgery Practice, Canton, IL
  • Jac Cooper, MD:  Colorectal Fellowship, William Beaumont Hospital
  • Alexandria McDow, MD:  Endocrine Surgery Fellowship, University of Wisconsin
  • James Regan, MD:  Surgical Critical Care Felllowship, Michigan State University

Class of 2016

  • Cindy Ha, MD:  Vascular Surgery Fellowship at University of Texas Southwestern
  • David Lovett, MD:  General Surgery practice
  • Nick Mouw, MD:  General Surgery practice in Sioux Center, IA
  • Jackie Wierzbicki, MD:  MIS/Bariatric Fellowship at University of Iowa

Class of 2015

  • Chad Gonczy, MD:  Surgical Oncology/HPB Fellowship at Duke University
  • Eric Robinson, MD:  General Surgery Practice, Advocate BroMenn in Normal, IL

Class of 2014

  • Vriti Advani:  ERCP and pancreaticobiliary fellowship, University of Louisville
  • Debb Farr:  Breast fellowship, Northwestern University
  • Mike Thomas:  Cardiothoracic fellowship, University of Wisconsin

Class of 2013

  • Abraham Sayon: Surgical endoscopy and minimally invasive surgery fellowship, St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis
  • Jennifer Steiman:  Breast fellowship, University of Pittsburgh

Class of 2012

  • Vijian Dhevan:  Private practice, Texas
  • Long Nguyen:  Surgical critical care fellowship, University of Texas, Houston
  • Adam Reid:  Trauma critical care fellowship, Yale University Minimally invasive surgery/bariatrics fellowship, Wake Forest University

Class of 2011

  • Eric High:  Surgical critical care fellowship, Washington University, St. Louis
  • Alan Licup:  Practice in USAF, Korea
  • James Minnis:  Surgical critical care fellowship, Stanford University
  • Dawn Wietfeldt:  Colorectal surgery fellowship, Cleveland Clinic, Florida