Cardiothoracic Surgery


The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at SIU Medicine represents the largest volume provider of heart, lung and esophageal surgery in downstate Illinois and the largest academic program in the state. The program provides hands-on training opportunities and innovative treatments including new valve procedures, off pump bypass surgery and minimally invasive heart surgery.

Its clinics are conveniently located with easy access for patients and prompt surgical scheduling. Withmore than 1,500 cardiothoracic procedures performed annually, learners and patients can feel confident they are receiving the optimum care and training

Mailey teaching students

Patient Story

Patient Story

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Breakthrough Treatment for COPD & Emphysema: The Miracle of Lung Volume Reduction Surgery

The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, in partnership with Memorial Medical Center, is one of only a handful of accredited institutions providing lung volume reduction surgery(LVRS). The impact on patients is profound. Watch Nancy’s story.

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2020 Department of Surgery Teaching Awards Announced

Congratulations, 2020 Department of Surgery Teaching Award Recipients! Teaching awards are given every year and are granted based on a review of all evaluations of residents and faculty by medical

Rare Lung Surgery Gives Some People a Second Chance at Life

Stephen Hazelrigg, MD, Chair of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, speaks about Lung Volume Reduction Surgery.