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Surgical Specialties


Cardiothoracic Surgery Division
: Performs all aspects of surgery related to the thorax. This includes adult cardiac surgery, pediatric cardiac surgery, general thoracic surgery and cardiothoracic transplantation. Work from the division is frequently accepted for presentation at National and International meetings. The program currently provides a two-year accredited residency position in subspecialty training for the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. In addition to the excellent clinical training, active and productive research is carried out by members of the faculty, including studies focused on myocardial protection, pulmonary preservation, and lung cancer molecular genetics. Surgery residents are encouraged to participate both in the clinical and research programs of the division.

Colon and Rectal Surgery Division: Established by Herand Abcarian, M.D. who held the first endowed Chair in Colon and Rectal Surgery in the United States, this division carries out all types of colon and rectal operations.  There is an extensive experience in minimally invasive colon and rectal surgery, complex anorectal surgery, inflammatory bowel disease, and complex reoperative surgery.  Additionally, the division oversees The Pelvic Floor Center which sees patients for incontinence, constipation, and a variety of pelvic floor disorders, including anismus, outlet obstruction, prolapse, rectocele and levator syndrome.  The Pelvic Floor Center performs a variety of procedures including anorectal manometry, EMGs, pudendal nerve terminal motor latency, biofeedback, pulsed irrigation and evacuation (PIE), and electrogalvanic stimulation. 

Colon and Rectal Surgery maintains itself, on the cutting edge, of colon and rectal surgical practices, through a unique relationship with the Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Colon and Rectal Surgery Residency, training program.  Each year the Stroger Hospital Colon and Rectal Surgery Residency training program graduates three residents who participate within a rotation at the University of Illinois, Lutheran General Hospital and Stroger Hospital.  Didactic conferences are held jointly between the three institutions.  Additionally, active and productive research is performed by the faculty in conjunction with the residents.  Research work is frequently accepted for presentation at international, national, and regional meetings.

Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery Division: Our team is guided by the internationally acclaimed pioneer in robotic general surgery, Dr Pier Cristoforo Giulianotti. Dr. Giulianotti has performed over 2,100 minimally invasive surgeries with, 750 robotic procedures. Our expertise in performing robotic-assisted, minimally invasive surgeries of the pancreas, lung, esophagus, colon, stomach, liver, gall bladder and kidney, including the removal of cancerous tumors of the lung and pancreas ensures improved care.

Pediatric Surgery Division: The Division of Pediatric Surgery carries out all types of pediatric general surgical, thoracic surgical and urologic procedures. We have particular expertise in laparoscopic and thoracoscopic surgery and also in the management of children with congenital abnormalities of the urinary tract and rectum. We see over 1,500 patients in the clinics and carry out close to a 1,000 surgical procedures a year. The division is staffed by three pediatric surgeons, a nurse practitioner and a clinical nurse specialist.

Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery: Our mission is to provide our residents with extensive clinical and theoretical knowledge which allows them to successfully compete in today's and tomorrow's demanding market. The training program is fully accredited (1997 and for five years) and based at the University of Illinois, Cook County Hospital, and Michael Reese Hospital. Residents are given the opportunity to actively participate in the care of our patients and obtain a broad operative experience, in all aspects of Plastic surgery, including cleft lip/palate, craniofacial, breast surgery, hand surgery, microsurgery, burns and cosmetic surgery. There is an extensive curriculum covering the entire scope of plastic surgery, and all residents are given the opportunity for clinical and laboratory research.

Transplant Surgery: The Division of Transplantation at the University of Illinois at Chicago was initially established in 1968 by Olga M. Jonasson, M.D. Early in that year, Dr. Jonasson did the first kidney transplant in a live related donor recipient pair in whom the recipient still has normal renal allograft function to date. Since that historic occasion, the division has continued to grow within the Department of Surgery to the point where, vascular access surgery, liver, kidney, and pancreas transplantation are successfully performed at the University of Illinois and it's University Hospital with the promise of further expansion. Our horizons include other transplantable tissues i.e., small intestine and hepatocytes. In general transplantation constitutes a collaborative effort on the part of physicians, nursing professionals, pharmacologists, psychologists, and social workers, as well as a group of support staff which, includes patient representatives, administrators, and secretarial staff. The state of the art division is able to offer individuals with end stage renal, diabetic and liver disease a further dimension to their medical care and can compete favorably with any other local, regional or national transplant program both in terms of clinical responsibilities, research efforts and teaching responsibilities.

Furthermore, the division and it's manifold services has been recognized as one of the top 50 programs in the country, by volume over the past few years, and has met all the criteria for membership in a number of important local, regional and national regulatory agencies. These include the Regional Organ Bank of Illinois, the HCFA Network 10, as well as the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Region 7.

Vascular and Wound Care:

In the Division of Vascular Surgery at the University of Illinois Medical Center, it is our goal to provide state of the art treatment in order to give all patients with vascular disease the highest quality of life possible. The Division of Vascular Surgery is involved in the diagnosis, evaluation and management of all types of arterial, venous and lymphatic disease exclusive of that affecting the heart and intracranial vessels.

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