SIU Department of  Surgery  
Phone: 217-545-8000
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Harbinger of GoodwillMichael W. Neumeister, MD, (FRCSC), FACS 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 have 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, MD Endowed Chair – Institute for Plastic Surgery

SIU News and Events

Refresh Your Face – defeat the mirror - let’s find the best option for you

Join the staff of the SIU Cosmetic Clinic Thursday, June 18, 5 to 6:30 p.m., 5 to 6:30 p.m. to learn about non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures and skin care products that will leave you refreshed and feeling confident.

  • View before and after photos
  • Learn about skin care
  • Get your questions answered
  • Refreshments and door prizes

Simmons Cancer Institute
315 W. Carpenter Street

Registration encouraged but not required: 
Call Annette at 545-7133 or register online by clicking here

Featuring Plastic Surgeon Dr. Franziska Huettner
Sponsored by The Plastic Surgery Institute/SIU Cosmetic Clinic




SIU Surgeon Receives National Award

May 8, 2015 – Jarrod Wall, MB, BCh, PhD, assistant professor of general surgery and a trauma surgeon at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, received the Philip J. Wolfson Outstanding Teacher Award at the Association of Surgical Education annual meeting in April. The award is given annually to individuals who are actively involved in surgical education and who are considered by their chair, peers, residents and students to be outstanding teachers.



Retired SIU Surgeon Receives Order of Lincoln -
Dr. J. Roland Folse is second SIU faculty to be honored

J. Roland Folse, MD, surgeon and the founding chairman of the Department of Surgery at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, has received the Order of Lincoln, the highest honor bestowed by the state of Illinois.

Folse served on SIU-School of Medicine’s faculty for nearly 30 years, helping to establish and recruit faculty for
seven divisions of the department. He has received numerous honors and awards for his teaching and research efforts, including six consecutive awards for Excellence in Teaching in the Department of Surgery.
Memorial Medical Center established the Folse Endowed Chair of Surgery in his honor. He has published more
than 80 articles and participates in numerous national organizations. Other achievements include two lectureships established in his honor. In May 2015, the SIU Surgical Skills Lab was renamed the J. Roland Folse Surgical Skills Center.

“Dr. Folse’s contributions to surgical education are unmatched,” said J. Kevin Dorsey, MD, PhD, dean and provost of SIU School of Medicine. “SIU School of Medicine is proud to have had two of its founders receive the state’s highest honor.” The medical school’s founding dean, Richard H. Moy, MD, received the Order of Lincoln in 2006.

Folse received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins Medical School and also completed a surgical internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. At the National Institutes of Health, he served two years in the U.S. Public Health Services as the Senior Assistant Surgeon.

Folse completed his surgical residency and later became chief resident at the University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals in Seattle. He later became an associate professor of surgery at the University of Washington Medical School until he joined SIU School of Medicine in 1971. He retired in 2000.

Outstanding Illinoisans who have excelled in communications, medicine, business, the arts and social service are honored as Laureates of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois. The Lincoln Academy, unique among the 50 states, was established in 1965 to honor Illinois' most distinguished citizens, either by birth or residence, who have brought honor to the state by their achievements. Past honorees include John Chancellor, Paul Harvey, Mike Royko, Ann Landers, Lester Crown, Gwendolyn Brooks and Louis “Studs” Terkel.

Local doctor pays it forward on lonely North Dakota highway (Story from Dave Bakke- SJR)

Calamity is just another word for opportunity. Dr. Kevin Calder realized it while driving to Springfield from his home in Canada. In the middle of North Dakota, 9 at night, he saw a disabled van, its emergency flashers on, limping along the shoulder of Interstate 94. Come Monday, Kevin starts work as a pediatric plastic surgeon at SIU Medical School's Institute for Plastic Surgery. more...