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Current Residents



David Lovett, MD David Lovett, MD

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana

Medical School: Indiana University

Why SIU?: Location and emphasis on surgical education played a role.

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Jaclyn Wierzbicki MD Jaclyn Wierzbicki, MD

Hometown: Naperville, Illinois

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

Why SIU?: I was attracted by the reputation for surgical education and the friendliness of the faculty and residents.

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Cindy Ha, MD Cindy Ha, MD

Hometown: Houston, TX

Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine


Nick Mouw, MD Nick Mouw, MD

Hometown: Jefferson County, CO

Medical School: University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine

Why SIU?: I like the mix of academic and private practice faculty.



Jac Cooper, MDJac Cooper, MD

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine – Indianapolis, IN

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Why SIU?: I came to SIU because of the genuine collegial relationships among the residents and the emphasis on surgical education.


James Regan, MBChB James Regan, MB,ChB

Medical School: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Hometown:Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Why SIU?: SIU has two qualities that were essential to me in a residency program. First,
it has a nice mix of academic and private medicine, allowing a unique opportunity to learn in these two different environments. Second, there is great camaraderie amongst the residents making it easy and fun to come to work.


Erin Canopy, M.D.

Hometown: Hopedale, IL

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago

Why SIU?: I was impressed by the program's attitude toward structured surgical education and the knowledge and confidence of the residents. It's a program I felt like I could easily call home.


Allie Dailey, MD Allie McDow, MD

Hometown: Ashland, KY

Medical School: University of Kentucky College of Medicine

Why SIU?: I chose SIU because of its reputation for leadership in surgical education. SIU places a high priority on training its residents both in the surgical skills lab and in the OR. During my interview I felt that the residents seemed like a family.



Elaine-Jayne Buckley, M.D.

Hometown: Cranbrook, British Columbia

Medical School: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Why SIU?: When I applied to SIU I didn't know very much about Springfield or the surrounding area. The welcoming, friendly, approachable nature of everyone I met in Springfield made me know this was a place I would find support and encouragement throughout residency. Dr. Mellinger, the general surgery staff, and the residents approach residency to find a balance between autonomy and support. I was thrilled to be accepted to SIU General Surgery for residency and have found a new home here in Springfield.


Ben Rejowski, M.D.

Hometown: Burr Ridge, IL

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis

Why SIU?: I wanted an academic surgery program that focused on broad-based general surgery and allowed for early hands-on experience. SIU accomplishes both in the setting of a well established faculty and supportive colleagues.


Emily Sturm, M.D.

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis

Why SIU?: I felt there was a good deal of integrity among the faculty.  I also appreciated the emphasis on resident education; they really seemed genuinely invested in teaching.


Susan Wetzel, M.D.

Hometown: Westerville, OH

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis



Melanie Barnard, MD

Hometown: Kampala, Uganda

Medical School:  Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University

Why SIU?  Good training, friendly and positive atmosphere, and location near my husband's family.


John Bauman, MD

Hometown:  Belleville, IL

Medical School:  SIU School of Medicine

Why SIU?  The people.  Really impressed by both the residents and attendings, people who enjoy teaching and learning in a friendly environment.  That makes the whole experience better for the doctors, and also the patients.


Amir Khan, MD

Hometown:  Scottsbluff, Nebraska

Medical School:  University of Nebraska College of Medicine

Why SIU?  I chose SIU because of the program'ss excellent leadership from level of Program Chair/Director to senior/junior house staff and its friendly environment.  Additionally, the program has aspects of both a community and academic program.


Nader Tehrani, MD

Hometown:  Battle Creek, MI

Medical School:  Albany Medical College

Why SIU?  I chose SIU because of the friendly, encouraging atmosphere and the emphasis on education.  The faculty and staff at SIU are truly committed to resident training.



Mike Ivers, MD

Mike Kiefer, MD

Erin MacKinney, MD

Matt Smith, MD