General Surgery


Welcome to the Division of General Surgery, located within the Department of Surgery at SIUMedicine. We’re home to a diverse and expertly trained group of general surgery providers who care forpatients throughout central and southern Illinois.

As a showcase to SIU Medicine’s commitment to excellence, all of our general surgeons are fellowship-trained in at least one advanced surgical discipline, including trauma and critical care, surgical oncology, bariatric surgery, colorectal surgery, advanced surgical endoscopy and minimally invasive surgery. We help patients who require elective or emergency surgical interventions and collaborate closely with other disciplines to ensure our patients and their families have a caring and effective experience. We also ensure our learners receive a comprehensive, hands-on education that prepares them for successful, meaningful careers.

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John Mellinger

Mellinger named chair of the American Board of Surgery

The American Board of Surgery (ABS), the national certifying body for general surgeons and related specialists, has named John D. Mellinger, MD, as chair for 2020-21. Mellinger is the J. Roland Folse, MD Endowed Chair in Surgery, vice chair of the department of surgery, and professor and chair of general surgery at Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine in Springfield. He also serves as director for leadership and excellence of the Center for Human and Organizational Potential at SIU.

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