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. With more than 1,500 cardiothoracic procedures performed annually, learners and patients can feel confident they are receiving the optimum care and training.

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Breakthrough treatment: Lung volume reduction surgery

The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, in partnership with Springfield Memorial Hospital, 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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Dr. Jo Buske talks about board certifications at SIU

Dr. Jo Buyske talks about changes to American Board of Surgery certification

American Board of Surgery President Dr. Jo Buyske shared news of a change to competency evaluations for general surgery residents at the 2022 Folse-Birtch-Sumner Lectureship.
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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

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