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John P. Sutyak, MD, EdM
Director, Southern Illinois Trauma Center

John P. Sutyak, MD,EdM, joined the SIU School of Medicine as Associate Professor of Surgery and Associate Director of the Southern Illinois Trauma Center in July 2001.  Dr. Sutyak became Director in April 2004.
He received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He completed his residency at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and completed a research fellowship in immunology at Brigham and Womens Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston.
Prior to joining SIU, Dr. Sutyak was a faculty member of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, N.J. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery with added qualifications in surgical critical care.
He also has certification as an instructor for Advanced Trauma Life Support from the American College of Surgeons.
In addition, Dr. Sutyak is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a Diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners and serves on the post-graduate course faculty for the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of several other national organizations, including the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the Association of Academic Surgeons, the Association for Surgical Education the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons and the Association of General Surgeons.
Dr. Sutyak has interests in trauma/critical care, minimally invasive surgical techniques and medical education. He has published numerous journal articles, educational materials and books chapters.

Christopher Wohltmann, M.D.
Associate Director, Southern Illinois Trauma Center

Dr. Christopher Wohltmann is associate professor of surgery for the Division of General Surgery at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He is board certified in general surgery and surgical critical care. His specialty is general surgery, trauma surgery and surgical critical care. Prior to joining SIU, he was chief of the trauma service at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas.  Dr. Wohltmann joined the Trauma Center in August 2003.
Dr. Wohltmann completed a fellowship in trauma and surgical critical care at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky. He completed his surgery residency at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania. Dr. Wohltmann completed medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri and his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame at Notre Dame, Indiana.
Dr. Wohltmann is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. He is a certified Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) instructor and course director. Dr. Wohltmann served in the U.S. Army as a major from 1999 until 2003.

 

Jarrod Wall, M.B., BCh., PhD

Dr. Jarrod Wall, Assistant Professor of Surgery, specializes in trauma and critical care.  He received both his undergraduate and doctorate degrees from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.  He received his medical training from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.  He completed his surgery residency at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, followed by a fellowship in surgical critical care at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.   Dr. Wall joined the Trauma Center in August 2008.
Dr. Wall is a member of several medical societies, including the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American Medical Association, and the American College of Surgeons.  His research interests include the influence of obesity, inflammatory markers and their impact on outcome for patients involved in trauma.  In addition he has achieved Instructor status for the Advanced Trauma Life Support course responsible for teaching and judging physicians skills in caring for critically injured patients.

David Kotowski, RN - Clinical Nurse Trauma Specialist

David Kotowski joined the SIU School of Medicine as Trauma Program Manager in December 2002. He received his Registered Professional Nurse education from Lincoln Land Community College and holds certifications in Trauma Nurse Specialist, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic, Emergency Communication Registered Nurse, Advanced Trauma Life Support Course Coordinator and Trauma Nurse Course Coordinator.
Prior to moving into the SITC Trauma Clinical arena, Dave
served as the Trauma Program Manger for SITC from December 2002 May 2010. Dave now provides Trauma Resident support services and focuses on trauma patient resuscitation. David enjoys participating in trauma nursing education and system development. When not working he enjoys his Boxers (dogs), swimming and research activities.

 

Celine Walker, RN, BSN, CCRN, TNS – Clinical Nurse Trauma Specialist

Celine Walker joined the Southern Illinois Trauma Center as a Clinical Nurse Trauma Specialist in 2012.  She is currently working on her Acute Care Nurse Practitioner degree at St. Louis University and plans to complete it in 2014.  She holds certifications in Acute and Critical Care Nursing:  Adult, Trauma Nurse Specialist, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Trauma Nurse Core Course and Basic Life Support.

Prior to joining SIU, Ms. Walker was a Charge Nurse with the Medical/Surgical/Trauma/Neuro ICU team at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. 

 

 

 

Linda Riseman, RN, Trauma Education Coordinator

Linda Riseman joined the SITC in April, 2007. Linda began her EMS profession in 1975, when she was in the first EMT-Paramedic training class at St. John's Hospital, Springfield. Linda was a staff nurse in the ICU at MMC from 1985 until joining SITC.
In addition to her nursing degree, Linda is a Trauma Nurse Specialist and CCRN. She holds instructor certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic, IDPH EMS Lead Instructor, Pediatric Education for the Pre-hospital Professional, Geriatric EMS Instructor. Linda has been a member of the Illinois Emergency Medical Response Team (IMERT) since 2002. As the Trauma Nurse Specialist Course Coordinator and Advanced Trauma Life Support Course Co-coordinator, she is focused on the Education/Outreach arm of SITC.
Linda has three daughters, one son, and a grand-daughter that fill her off-duty hours with school activities, football and Pony Club fun.

Becky O'Sullivan, Trauma Program Manager

Becky O’Sullivan joined the Southern Illinois Trauma Center as Trauma Program Manager in November of 2010.  Prior to joining SITC, Becky was employed as a RN and Health Care Assistant for a Cardiothoracic Surgeon for 12 years, followed by working in the Trauma ICU at Memorial Medical Center for 2 years.  She received her Associate Degree in Nursing from Lincoln Land Community College, her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from University of Illinois, and her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Illinois. 
In addition to her degrees, Becky is a Trauma Nurse Specialist, a Certified Vascular Nurse, a Certified Pain Management Specialist, and certified in Advance Cardiac Life Support.  She has a special interest in injury prevention.
Becky has two young boys at home that keep her active at all times.