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 compassionate, skilled surgeons.

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Surgery Divisions

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.

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SIU Medicine to address breast cancer disparities at CAP 1908

SIU Medicine is hosting an event to educate women, especially those in the Black community, about early detection, breast cancer screenings, advocating for care, supporting others who have breast cancer and options for breast reconstruction after breast cancer surgery.
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Telehealth’s advantages, myths and impact on health care equity

Telehealth services have rapidly gained popularity in recent years, reshaping the way health care is delivered and accessed. Dr. Michael Ruebhausen, plastic surgeon, shares insights on the advantages
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SIU Medicine employee, breast cancer survivor to model at New York Fashion Week

Community activist, local school board member and SIU Medicine deputy director Erica Austin will model at this year's New York Fashion Week in September at the (R)Evolution fashion show. Austin, who recently underwent breast cancer surgery, will walk the runway for Dana Donofree, a breast cancer survivor and the designer and founder of AnaOno, an international intimates clothing line for women with breast cancer.