Welcome to the Department of Surgery at SIU Medicine. We provide surgical services in multiple locations throughout central and southern Illinois and have helped thousands of patients manage acute and chronic health conditions through advanced surgical techniques and technologies.Our department is home to more than 140 award-winning faculty and staff members. In addition to providing patient care and conducting life-changing research, our faculty also educate the next generation of compassion, skilled surgeons.

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Compassionate Surgeons for central and southern Illinois

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Learn more about our teams and all the ways that we are organized to optimize patient care and educational experiences.
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Institute for Plastic Surgery

 Located in Springfield, Illinois, our team of plastic surgeons maintains the highest standard of care for our patients. The Institute for Plastic Surgery provides surgical treatment and management of a variety of health conditions, including burns, varicose veins, lymphedema, cleft lip and cleft palate and cancers of the skin, breast, tongue, throat and mouth.

We offer both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery to help restore and improve a person's appearance, function, comfort and confidence. With continuing education opportunities, our surgeons remain up-to-date on the latest innovations in plastic surgery and utilize state-of-the-art technologies and techniques to promote optimized patient outcomes.

Jim Stephens hand reattachment plastic surgery

The power of academic medicine

Jim Stephens and his wife Shelly were building their first log home together, when he accidentally cut his left hand with the miter saw-leaving it attached by only a small piece of skin. When they arrived in Springfield, Dr. Michael Neumeister gave Stephens a choice: We can try to put the hand back on and see how it goes or we can take it off. "I told him, 'Put it back on. What have I got to lose?'" Watch Jim's story to see the amazing power of surgeons in academic medicine.

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Learners recognize surgical educators with 2021 teaching awards

Medical students and residents have determined the recipients of the 2021 Department of Surgery Teaching Awards. Nick Tadros, MD, MCR, was named the "Outstanding Educator of the Year." Emily Serafin

2021 SIU School of Medicine Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award - Ron Romanelli, MD

Congratulations SIU Medicine alumnus, Dr. Ron Romanelli! Dr. Romanelli has been selected as the 2021 Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award recipient

Orthopedic Surgery Presents 2020 Faculty Investigator Award - Dr. Thuppal

Congratulations, Sowmyanarayanan Thuppal, Ph.D., MD! Dr. Thuppal was presented with the 2020 Faculty Investigator Award from the Division of Orthopedic Surgery. This inaugural award acknowledges