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Chief Residents

Ryan Schmucker, MD (PGY VI)    


Hometown: - Millersburg, OH

Undergraduate:- Taylor University, Upland, IN

Medical School: - Wright State University

Why SIU?   After doing a rotation here as a medical student, I knew that SIU was where I wanted to do my residency training. The program here at SIU offers a broad clinical experience, unparalleled operative exposure, mentorship both inside and outside the operating room, and a collegial environment that is a pleasure to work in.


Chelsea Snyder, MD (PGY VI)

Hometown: – Santa Barbara, CA.

Why SIU?   SIU has a robust integrated plastic surgery program with ample research opportunity and dedicated faculty support. The program is known for its strong lineage of academic pioneers in the field of plastic surgery and continues to place significant emphasis on education, specifically, critical analysis and surgical judgment. It’s terrific to work alongside such a friendly, inquisitive, and innovative group!

Area of interest/research: – Craniofacial and facial aesthetics. Research interests include craniofacial, breast reconstruction, stem cell and transplantation.



Amanda Ross, MD

Hometown: - Springfield, IL

Undergraduate: - Creighton University- B.S. Biology, B.A. Studio Art

Medical School: - Creighton University-SOM

What brought you to SIU?  When I rotated at SIU as a medical student, I felt at home in more ways than one. (Yes, it's funny because I am from the area.) But in all seriousness, when you add an outstanding reputation for excellent didactic teaching, a wide variety of operative experiences and amazing faculty and residents together, the outcome is, quite simply, beautiful. SIU has everything I could want in a residency, and with plans to begin a hand transplant program, it keeps getting better! What is you area of interest/research?- Breast reconstruction, microsurgery, facial asethetics


Michael Ruebhausen, MD

Hometown: Highland, IL

Undergraduate: Washington University in St. Louis, BA Neurobiology

Medical School: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Why SIU?: The plastics department at SIU has everything I wanted in a program. Great faculty, excellent clinical exposure, wonderful teaching opportunities, great research facilities (with a micro lab), and a wonderfully collegial environment. Combined with inexpensive cost of living, proximity to family, and a medical school/health system dedicated to improving, I felt it was beyond ideal. I'm lucky to be here.



Lauren Hutchinson, MD, MS

Hometown: Floyds Knobs, IN

Undergraduate School?: Indiana University

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

Why SIU? I wanted a residency program that offered excellent surgical training, had a widely diverse caseload, and a collegial working environment.  I found that SIU had all of that and more!  The early exposure to plastic surgery rotations in the first 3 years of residency, ample research opportunities, and the micro and skills labs are other things that make SIU great.  I’m truly excited to be here!

Area of interest: Breast reconstruction and microsurgery


Kate McKenna Kottwitz, MD

Hometown: Springfield, Illinois

Undergraduate: Saint Mary’s College - B.A. Music

Medical School: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Why SIU:? Being a medical student from SIU, I was very lucky to be exposed to this plastic surgery program early on in my medical school career.  The enthusiasm and leadership from the residents and faculty at SIU are second to none.  This, combined with the opportunities for research and surgical skills training, makes it a great place to learn.  I am honored and excited to become part of the team!



Tim Daugherty, MD

Hometown: Decatur, IL

Undergrad & grad school: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (BS - Molecular & Cellular Biology, MS - Biology)

Med School: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Why SIU?: When choosing a residency program it was important for me that the faculty and residents were a team that was enthusiastic about both teaching and patient care. No other program compares to the faculty, residents and camaraderie here at the SIU Institute for Plastic Surgery. I am incredibly lucky to train with my mentors and the physicians who inspired me to become a plastic surgeon. At SIU there is a heavy case load with a wealth of variety from hand trauma, reconstruction, and aesthetic surgery in addition to ample teaching and research opportunities. This is truly a wonderful place to train!

Area of Interest: Hand and Microsurgery

Research: A Microbiologic Comparison of Acellular Dermal Matrices as an Aseptic Reconstructive Material


Jimmy Winters, MD

Hometown: - Chester, IL

Undergrad: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (BS - Chemistry)

Med School: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Why SIU? What better place to train than with the residents and faculty who originally fostered my interest in plastic surgery. SIU has a storied history and takes pride in having multiple generations of leaders within the plastic surgery community. The addition of faculty members has expanded our exposure to subspecialties and surgical teaching styles within the field. I'm excited and grateful for the opportunity to train amongst such incredibly talented people. I look forward to seeing what new traditions are created at SIU Institute for Plastic Surgery in the coming years!

Areas of interest:  Microsurgery, Hand, Pediatric

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Greg Lee, MD, PhD

Hometown: - Elkhart, Indiana

Undergrad:  University of Michigan

Med School: Lousiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans

Why SIU? I was completely taken aback by how friendly everyone was (faculty, residents, staff, and the general populace). SIU was one of my first interviews and I found myself comparing all my other interviews to it. It's pretty rare to have a combination of a highly ranked program while at the same time having a friendly, constructive, and nonmalignant atmosphere. In the past, I've experienced learning environments that were unsavory and perpetuated a dog eat dog mentality. Even though I knew I could still succeed in that type of environment, if you have a choice, why wouldn't you choose a more compassionate atmosphere to be in for the next 6 years of your career? The attendings and residents were individuals that I aspired to be like not only in their surgical prowess but in how they teach and treat each other and everyone else. When talking to nurses and residents of other specialties and they mention how nice the "plastics" people are, that said a lot about a program to me. When it came down to the final rank list, SIU was the program that had the combination of reputation, faculty, residents, and research that aligned with my own goals and aspirations. I am very lucky and fortunate that they liked me too!​

Jake Thayer, MD

Hometown: Howards Grove, WI

Undergraduate: Marquette University

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

Why SIU? After rotating at SIU as a medical student, I was thrilled to match here for residency. The mentorship training model, robust caseload, and supportive environment are all qualities that set this program apart. It is a pleasure to work with such talented faculty that are so invested in our education and overall success!


Evyn Neumeister, MD, MPH

Hometown: Springfield, IL

Undergraduate: Illinois Wesleyan, BA Psychology

Medical School: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Why SIU?  I chose SIU Plastic Surgery because it provided everything I was looking for: expertise in plastic surgery, ongoing research in the field of medical and surgical education, a support system.  The education at SIU Plastic Surgery is outstanding, providing residents with the knowledge and autonomy they need to be successful plastic surgeons after training.  SIU Medicine is known for its medical and surgical education, research, and innovation; as someone who is interested in pursuing academic medicine, I knew SIU would be a place that I could learn and practice medical and surgical education strategies while in residency.  Finally, and most importantly, the attending physicians and my fellow residents at SIU are incredibly supportive, approachable, knowledgeable, and fun.  The comradery between the residents makes me excited and honored to be a part of the team.  I felt SIU Plastic Surgery would provide the best learning and living environment for me, and I am incredibly happy with my decision!​

Danielle Olla, MD

Hometown: Tucson, Arizona

Undergrad: University of Arizona (B.S. Physiology Major, Dance Minor)

Medical School: University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix

Why SIU?  Even after my short stay in Springfield for my interview, I knew that SIU was the perfect fit for me. The residents and faculty made me feel welcome and were a big part of my decision to move so far from home. The program also has outstanding didactics, robust surgical exposure and an amazing reputation. I feel honored and lucky to be part of such a strong and respected program.