Department of Surgery

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Vanessa Perez
Manager, Administrative Support
1653 W. Congress Pkwy, 7 Jelke
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 942-9297
Fax: (312) 942-2867

Danielle C. Hill, MBA
Residency Manager
1750 W. Harrison St.
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 942-6510
Fax: (312) 942-2867


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

February 7, 2018
Katherine Heiden, MD, an endocrine surgeon in the Division of Surgical Oncology was featured in a Rush news release on her compassionate care and surgical expertise in the treatment of thyroid cancer. The article titled, “Natalie’s Story: Recovery from Thyroid Cancer” details a woman’s journey through diagnosis and treatment by Rush endocrine specialists over the course of a year.


January 29, 2018


Nicole Siparsky, MD, a critcal 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. 


December 12, 2017


Christina Tragos, MD, a reconstructive surgeon in Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and co-director of the Rush Craniofacial Center, was recently featured in the Chicago Tribune for her life-altering surgical care of pediatric patients with craniofacial conditions. The article is based on the best-selling novel and now drama titled “Wonder” which chronicles the first year of school for 10-year-old Auggie Pullman who has a form of Treacher Collins syndrome, a rare craniofacial condition that affects the development of bones and other tissues in the face, often including the ears and cheekbones. Dr. Tragos keeps a copy of the novel “Wonder” in her waiting room for her patients, children and adults with various complex craniofacial conditions. 


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September 11, 2017


Xavier M. Keutgen, MD was awarded a $30,000 grant from the National Cancer Institute (NIH) and the University of Iowa as part of the Specialized Program for Research Excellence (SPORE) for neuroendocrine tumor research.  The grant will support his project titled, “CRISPR-mediated MEN1- and VHL Knockout of pNET cell lines yields novel targets” and will be used for gene editing methods to create knockout cell lines of pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors and to study its behavior. 


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.
April 5, 2017
Xavier Keutgen, MD was awarded the Paul LoGerfo Research Award (PLRA) Grant at the 2017 American Association of Endocrine Surgeons meeting. The Paul LoGerfo Research Award (PLRA) was developed to honor the life of Paul LoGerfo who made numerous major contributions to the field of endocrine surgery during his esteemed career. The $15,000 basic science grant will support his ongoing laboratory research on pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors.
March, 15, 2017

Rush first in state to offer novel diagnostic, treatment options.

Xavier M. Keutgen, M.D., has done exceptional hard work in launching Rush’s neuroendocrine tumor program in 2016 and bringing on an advanced functional imaging test to Rush and in the Chicago area. The 68 Gallium DOTATATE PET/CT scanner is being obtained by Rush University Medical Center, making us the first hospital in Illinois to offer testing and detection of neuroendocrine tumors.


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