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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General Surgery Residency program

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Latest articles

Melanie Barnard

SIU General Surgery residency names Melanie Barnard as program director

Melanie Barnard, MD, assistant professor for General Surgery, has been named program director for the SIU General Surgery residency. Barnard is a graduate of the program, with a successful practice
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