Institute for Plastic Surgery

The Institute for Plastic Surgery is an academic surgical practice offering specialized medical and surgical care to adults and children in central and southern Illinois and surrounding areas.  We are dedicated to high quality patient care, education, research and scientific publishing.

Our Mission is to offer service, education and research, and is accomplished through individual commitment to service and teamwork.  The Institute for Plastic Surgery offers some of the finest facilities and most highly qualified staff in the nation. It is committed to achieving the highest standard of excellence in all areas of reconstructive and cosmetic surgery.  Reconstructive plastic surgery strives to restore appearance and function for patients with defects resulting from trauma, infection, tumors, burns, birth defects or disease.  Cosmetic or aesthetic plastic surgery attempts to improve the patient's appearance.

Created in 1973, the Institute has grown to include an outstanding team of physicians, a thriving residency and fellowship program, an excellent hand surgery and therapy center, and attractive facilities.  The Institute is known nationally and internationally for its work in many areas including microsurgery, hand surgery and therapy, reconstructive surgery, aesthetic surgery, and specialized care in the treatment of burns and problem wounds.

The professional staff offers hand and upper extremity rehabilitation, back to work programs, cosmetic counseling, laser surgery and skin care programs. We strive to provide our patients caring and high quality service in a convenient and modern setting.

In addition, our surgeons practice their specialty in an environment of research and teaching, which provides them access to and involvement in the latest technological advancements in their field.

Michael W. Neumeister , MD
Professor and Chair – Department of Surgery
The Elvin G. Zook Endowed Chair – Institute for Plastic Surgery

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...