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.


Support the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at SIU as we train the next generation of surgeons.

Latest articles

Folse Birtch Lecture

Annual lectureship celebrates legacy of SIU surgeons

On October 19, 1983, at a dinner meeting held to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the General Surgery Residency Program, Dr. Roland Folse and Dr. Alan Birtch were honored when an official
Surgery Resident Research Day 2023 winners

Department of Surgery residents present diverse research projects

The Department of Surgery was honored to welcome Ahmed Ghazi, MD as visiting professor for the 20th Annual Resident Research Day on Thursday, April 27. Dr. Ghazi is an Assistant Professor of Urology
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.