E. Shannon Stauffer, MD Spring Lectureship


Dr. E. Shannon Stauffer was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on June 30, 1931. He attended Temple University Medical School, graduating in 1959. He did his orthopedic residency at the University of Pittsburgh and a fellowship in orthopedic rehabilitation at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center in Downey, California.

Dr. Stauffer practiced in Los Angeles until 1975, at which time he came to Springfield to become the Founding Chairman of the Division of Orthopaedics as well as the Residency Program Director. For twenty years, he was Director of the Spine Fellowship Program, which he founded in 1978.

Among other activities, he held memberships with the Association of Orthopaedic Chairmen, where he served as President in 1989, and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, where he participated as a Board Examiner. Dr. Stauffer was also a founding member of the Mid-America Orthopaedic Association and the Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Association. In addition, he developed the Risky Business Program and was Medical Director for the Spinal Cord Injury Unit at Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Stauffer has also published extensively, largely on conditions of the spine.

Dr. Stauffer retired from medical practice in 1998. His contributions to the field of orthopedics and, in particular, to the Division of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine are greatly appreciated. Dr. Stauffer passed away on May 16, 2002. We honor him with the Spring Visiting Professor lectureship which bears his name.

Orthopaedic Research Symposium

To carry on the tradition of academic excellence held by the Division of Orthopaedics we began holding an Orthopaedic Research Symposium as a part of the Stauffer Visiting Professor in 2019. We highlight the hard work and quality research the SIU Orthopaedic residents do year round. Residents are given the opportunity to submit abstracts which are then reviewed and selected for poster and podium presentations. A panel of judges from our university and community teaching faculty, led by the visiting professor, select and announce the winning podium & poster presentation at the completion of the lecture.

E. Shannon Stauffer, MD Visiting Professors 1976-Today

38th Annual E. Shannon Stauffer, MD Spring Lectureship

Daniel Oakes, MD on June 24, 2022, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Daniel Oakes, MD

Dr. Daniel Oakes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the Director of the USC Joint Replacement Program.

Dr. Oakes is nationally recognized for his expertise in knee and hip replacement and reconstruction. He has extensive experience with both primary and revision of hip and knee replacement 
procedures. Dr. Oakes is actively engaged in the role of emerging computer assisted navigation technologies for hip and knee joint replacement procedures and robotic surgery for full and partial knee replacement. Dr. Oakes performed the first robotic total knee surgery at Keck Medical Center of USC in 2018.

Dr. Oakes is interested in the technological advances that improve the longevity implants and patient outcomes. He and his team have worked to develop strategies both to prevent and treat infected joint replacements. His active research focuses on the long-term outcomes of robotic partial and total knee replacement outcomes, porous metal technology in complex primary and complex revision improving the longevity of implant technologies and the prevention and treatment of infected joint replacements, porous metal technology in complex revision knee replacements, single-stage treatments for infection, and of hip resurfacing as an alternative to joint replacement.

Dr. Oakes has consistently been voted a Top Doctor by Pasadena Magazine, Super Doctor by Los Angeles Magazine, and one of America’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly. He is a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). He is a member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons(AAHKS) and has served as chair of its membership committee.

Dr. Oakes received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed his fellowship training at the Mayo Clinic, where he received the Mark B. Coventry Adult Reconstruction Fellowship Award.

Dr. Oakes is both the Residency Program Director and the Joint Replacement fellowship director. He has twice been the recipient of the departments' award for teaching excellence.