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

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri

Medical School: University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine

Why SIU?: I chose SIU because everyone, from interns to attendings, place a premium on education and work together to take care of patients.

Mike Kiefer, MD

Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT

Medical School: Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine

Why SIU?: For a small program with great generalist training. For relationships with faculty who can know me, and trust me because they know me. For a chance to serve a community that straddles the line between rural and urban. For a midwest adventure.

Erin MacKinney, MD

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

Why SIU?: The residents seemed like they were family and the faculty were kind and genuine.  It seemed like a place where I could have fun learning surgery.

Matt Smith, DO

Hometown: Decatur, IL

Medical School: University of Missouri - Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why SIU?: I liked the mix between a community/clinically based program while still having good opportunities for research.  I also liked the sense of family I got from the residents when I came to visit.