Plastic Surgery Division News

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...





Dr. L. Scott Levin, The Paul B. Magnuson Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, was the first Elvin G. Zook MD Visiting Professor.  He presented a talk on upper extremity reconstruction on Friday, August 29, 2014 in Springfield, IL to the SIU orthopaedic and plastic surgery residents and faculty as well as members of the SIU hand transplant team. 
Dr. Levin is an accomplished clinical whose expertise focuses on upper extremity reconstruction.  His research interests focus predominantly on extremity soft tissue reconstruction and composite tissue allotransplantation.  Dr. Levin is the head of the newly formed Penn Hand Transplant Program and in September 2011 he directed the team that performed a bi-lateral hand and arm transplant. 


Mrs. Alan Birtch recently gave Surgery Department Chair Dr. Michael Neumeister a signed copy of a book written by plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph E. Murray who pioneered the field of organ transplantation. A long-time member of the Harvard Medical School faculty, Murray was honored with the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1990, has given the gift of life to hundreds of thousands of people destined to die young. Dr. Alan Birtch trained under Dr. Murray and went on to establish the kidney/pancreas transplant program at SIU School of Medicine and Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Neumeister, also professor and chair of the Institute for Plastic Surgery, has recently embarked on establishing a hand transplant program at SIU and Memorial Medical Center, using many of the principles of transplantation medicine.