The Department of Surgery has a mission to improve the quality of surgical health care through clinical practice research and education to all people of southern Illinois. We offer the best possible care for the patients and families by restoring a healthier and happier quality-of-life. There are eight divisions within the department of surgery. Each division has areas of expertise that has gained them national reputations. Our general surgeons have advanced the care of patients through minimally invasive endoscopic surgery. The Division of Orthopedics has led the nation in outcome studies and quality measures for orthopedic related surgeries including major joint replacement and sports medicine. Our Otolaryngology Division is a national leader in tinnitus and voice related surgeries. Our neurosurgeons are world experts in brain tumors deep brain stimulation and spine surgery. The Cardiothoracic Surgery Division is known internationally for its volume reduction surgery in patients with emphysema and COPD. Vascular surgery has been leaders in endovascular work for the last 10 years. Emergency medicine has developed many simulation modules for acute care settings. Finally the Institute for Plastic Surgery is known internationally for its microsurgical reconstruction and hand surgery. The Division of Emergency Medicine represents a fast growing area of medicine and will be graduating its first class of residents soon.
The Division of Urology continues to expand not only its faculty but also its research efforts and clinical services to communities like Decatur.
The clinical work is fostered by a rich environment of research from stem cell discoveries to clinical outcomes to gene therapy. Each year the research productivity grows to advance surgical medicine.
The Department of Surgery has always been known for its surgical education and teaching. The surgical faculty is dedicated to medical student resident teaching offer new and innovative ways to learn information and to guide their surgical experience.
The goal of the Department of Surgery is to be on the cutting edge of medicine and to offer the best possible surgical care to all the patients in our community. We use evidence-based medicine and patient satisfaction to fuel the future.
Michael W. Neumeister, MD, (FRCSC), FACS
Professor and Chair – Department of Surgery
The Elvin G. Zook Endowed Chair – Institute for Plastic Surgery