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Research Faculty


Saadiq El-Amin, MD, PhD

SIU Assistant Professor of Surgery, Director of Shoulder and Sports Medicine, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery

Areas of Expertise: Shoulder and sports medicine Basic Science Primary Research Interests: Area of tissue engineering in which
Dr. El-Amin designs ligaments for ACL, elbow and shoulder reconstruction.  

Per Freitag, MD, PhD, FACS Associate Professor, Division of Orthopedic Surgery

Areas of Expertise: Surgery of the spine, herniated disc, failed back surgery, spondylosisthesis, degenerative spine conditions, furcal neuropathy (non-urologic) testicular pain Primary Research Interests: Spine surgery, trauma, bloodless surgery, heterotopic ossification after burns

Keith Gabriel, MD Associate Professor, Division of Orthopedic Surgery

Areas of Expertise: Scoliosis and pediatric spinal deformity, neurofibromatosis, pediatric and adolescent sports injuries, neuromuscular disorders (spina bifida and cerebral palsy) Primary Research Interests: Musculoskeletal care of children (especially spinal deformities), neurofibromatosis, and deformity corrections using external fixators.

Mark McAndrew, MD Professor, Division of Orthopedic Surgery

Areas of Expertise: Fracture repair, nonunion repair, malunion repair, pelvic and acetabular fracture repair, hip joint salvage, care of the multiple injured patient, polytrauma Primary Research Interest: Orthopaedic trauma

Khaled Saleh, MD, FRCS(C) Professor and Chair; Division of Orthopedic Surgery SIU Director of Clinical and Translational Research

Area of Expertise: Joint replacement Primary Research Interests: Functional outcomes after total joint surgery, epidemiology and economic impact of total joint surgery, and quality and patient safety within orthopaedic surgery.

Wendy Novicoff, PhD, Orthopedics Research and Quality Consultant Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Lean Sensei Manager; Outcomes Research, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Assistant Professor; Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Virginia School of Medicine Primary

Research Interests: Health services research, outcomes evaluation, and hospital/health system data quality and integrity.


Kenneth Illingworth, MD Research instructor/fellow Primary

Research Interest: Developmental pediatric orthopaedic disorders, pediatric spine, adult reconstruction

Fritz, Anto, MD

SIU E. Shannon Stauffer Spine Fellow 2011-2012 Primary Research Interests: Minimally invasive spine surgery for Complex spinal deformities including revision surgeries, Deformity correction, Motion preserving spine surgeries.

Youssef el Bitar, MD

SIU Adult Reconstruction Fellow 2011-2012
Primary Research Interests: Adult reconstruction, lower extremity, sports, trauma

Research Support Staff

Broccardo, Gabriella Quality Researcher Interim Assistant to Dr. Saleh

Primary Research Interests: Quality outcomes

Gupta, Ashim PhD student in Dr. El-Amin’s Lab Basic Science Primary

Research Interests: Tissue engineering and advanced biomaterials

Woods, Mia D., MS Research Associate Basic Science Primary

Research Interests: Polymer Chemistry and nanofiber electrospinning as it relates to tissue engineering and regenerative medicine