Department of Surgery

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With one of the busiest programs in the Midwest, surgeons in the Department of Surgery operate on more patients than are seen at any other Illinois hospital. Our department also collaborates with John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County and NorthShore Skokie Hospital. These affiliations provide our medical students and residents with a wide variety of surgical experiences and introduce them to patients with diverse backgrounds.

General surgeons at Rush offer a full range of surgical care and have expertise in the latest minimally invasive techniques. The surgery department includes physicians with expertise in colon and rectal surgery, surgical care for cancer patients, bariatric surgery, pediatric surgery and transplant surgery.

Our surgical faculty and residents have a strong reputation for teaching ― in the operating room and clinic, on rounds, on call and in the classroom. The Rush Medical College Phoenix Award for clinical teaching has been awarded to a general surgery faculty member numerous times.

Our attending surgeons are not only skilled clinicians and teachers, but also active researchers. Areas of active investigation include tumor and transplant molecular biology and immunobiology, the role of adhesion molecules in metastases, tumor angiogenesis, cryoablation and laser therapy for primary and metastatic disease, pathogenesis of thyroid cancer, and the role of translocation in the development of secondary pancreatic infections.


Department of Surgery in the News

Faculty Accomplishments

January 29, 2018

Nicole Siparsky, MD, a critical care surgeon in the Section of Acute Care and Critical Care Surgery in the Division of General Surgery was awarded the Hero of the Heart Award. The award is given by the Department of Religion, Health and Human Values in recognition of the exceptional compassion shown by staff to students, patients, families and colleagues of Rush Staff. 


May 25, 2017


Edie Y. Chan, MD was recently inducted into the prestigious Mark Lepper, MD Society of Teachers at the Rush Medical College.  The Lepper Society is named for the founding Dean of the Rush Medical College, and recognizes documented excellence in teaching of Rush medical students. 


May 23, 2017


The Department of Surgery had several presentations at Digestive Disease Week (DDW) held on May 6-9, 2017 at the McCormick Place in Chicago. DDW is a combined convention of three medical GI/liver societies and one surgical society, the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT). There were roughly 15,000 attendees at this year’s convention.


  • Daniel J. Deziel, MD was an invited speaker and panelist.
  • Rebecca Deal, MD and Scott Schimpke, MD had resident podium presentations.
  • Dr. Deal won the SSAT best resident paper award titled “2017 Residents and Fellows Research Conference Award Winner,” a laudable accomplishment against the top academic surgical institutions in the country.
  • Justin Gerard, MD had a resident poster presentation.

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