DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY/SURGICAL SPECIALTIES

 

The Department of Surgery/Surgical Specialties encompasses the broad specialty of Surgery along with Anesthesiology and Emergency Medicine.


Message from the Chairman

Welcome to the Department of Surgery/Surgical Specialties at the University of Illinois College of Medicine-Rockford.

This is a large academic surgery department dedicated to education since its inception in 1972.  It has steadily grown during the past four decades.  Our strength is in the ever increasing number of volunteer and part-time faculty who are extremely generous in sharing their knowledge, expertise, experience and practice facilities for education.  They are highly committed to educate the future physicians of this city, state and county. 

Our educational programs are designed to offer a strong foundation of basics at the junior level and build further on this foundation at more senior levels.  A multitude of educational and skills training activities are aimed towards producing well-educated, compassionate and caring physicians with excellent clinical skills, judgment, technical abilities and attributes of professionalism.  As one progresses from junior to more advanced levels, opportunities become available for elective assignments in specialties.  Many of our faculty are also engaged in research and therefore, opportunities may be available to get involved. 

We are particularly eager and excited to counsel, guide and assist those who want to pursue a career in any one of the many specialties under our oversight.

Samuel K. Appavu, MD, FACS, FRCS(C), FCCM, FCCP

Professor and Chairman

Department of Surgery/Surgical Specialties

 

Mission

 

The primary mission of the Department of Surgery is to provide a foundation of learning experiences and a supportive environment in which third and fourth year medical students can acquire an understanding of basic principles of surgical diagnosis and treatment for general surgery, the surgical sub-specialties, anesthesiology and emergency medicine.  This foundation of knowledge and certain skills are designed for all medical students, regardless of the discipline they may ultimately select.  It will include opportunities to encourage the development of skills necessary to become a lifelong independent learner as well as the development of skills and attitudes expected of a physician.  Another component of our mission is to provide surgical exposure and experience to the trainees of the family medicine residency training program.  The department constantly searches for innovative methods to ensure the accomplishment of these goals.

 

A secondary mission is to develop research into clinical surgical care and educational methodology followed by dissemination of innovative findings.  This will be of benefit to the department, the campus, the college, the university and the community at large.  Above all, this will benefit our patients who rely on our competence, capability, care, compassion and professionalism.


Specialties

GENERAL SURGICAL SPECIALTIES:

    General surgery

    Colon/rectal surgery                       

    Pediatric surgery

    Surgical critical care

    Surgical oncology

    Vascular surgery

SURGICAL SPECIALTIES:

    Cardiothoracic surgery

    Plastic and reconstructive surgery

    Ophthalmology

    Orthopedic surgery

    Otolaryngology

    Urology

ANESTHESIOLOGY:

    Cardiac anesthesia

    Obstetric anesthesia

    Pediatric anesthesia

EMERGENCY MEDICINE

 

Administration

Chairman:

Samuel K. Appavu, MD, FACS, FRCS(C), FCCM, FCCP

Professor (CT)

Associate Chairman:

Kamana Mbekeani, MD, MBA, FACS

Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery

Director of Education and Research:

Jayant Radhakrishnan, MD, FACS

Emeritus Professor of Surgery and Urology

Administrative Assistant:

Joan Malone

Research

Recent Peer Reviewed Publications

Radhakrishnan J, Chin AC, Naiditch JA, Cheng E, Yerkes E, Reynolds M: Letter to the editor regarding Fate of the uterus in 46XX cloacal exstrophy patients by Naiditch JA, Radhakrishnan J, Chin AC, Cheng E, Yerkes E, Reynolds M: J Pediatr Surg 48:2043-2046, 2013 in J Pediatr Surg 50:4;696, 2015

Appavu S, Differential diagnosis by metabolic profile:  A dream or reality?, Crit Care Med 2014; 42:1300-1302

Radhakrishnan J, Alam S, Chin AC: Prune belly syndrome: errors in management and complications of treatment, J Progress in Paediatric Urology 17:1;6-14, 2014

Radhakrishnan J, Chin AC, Alam S: Complications of ambiguous genitalia: causes, prevention and management, J Progress in Paediatric Urology 17:2;55-63, 2014

Radhakrishnan J, Bean J, Piazza DJ, Chin AC: Accessory hemi diaphragm, J Pediatr Surg 49:8;1326-1331, 2014

Appavu S, Race to seal secretion leak past endotracheal tube cuff:  Back to the basics, Crit Care Med 2013; 41:681-683  

Naiditch JA, Radhakrishnan J, Chin AC, Cheng E, Yerkes E, Reynolds M:  Fate of the uterus in 46xx cloacal exstrophy patients, J Pediatr Surg 48:2148-2152, 2013

Naiditch JA, Radhisrishnan J, Chin AC:  Current diagnosis and management of urachal remnants. J Pediatr Surg 48:2148-2153, 2013

Hagarty, SE, Yen L, Fosco C, Khare M. Positive Impact of Meshing Autogenous Dermal Matrix (ADM) on Pain, Length of Stay and Length of Time Required for Post-Operative Drains in Tissue Expander Based Breast Reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 PMID: 26397630 DOI: 10.1097/01.prs.0000472420.12175.46

Yen L, Fosco C, Khare M, Hagarty S, Post-operative Drain Time Analysis, Outcomes and Complication Rates in Patients Receiving Meshed versus Un-Meshed Acellular Dermal Matris (adm) in Partial Sub-Muscular Breast Reconstruction, abstract #26 Annals of Plastic Surgery. Vol 74, supplement 3, June 2015
 

Recent Presentations:  International, National or Regional

INTERNATIONAL

Jayant Rakhakrishnan, MD,  Symposium on Disorders of Sex Development 8th Biennial meeting of ASPU and ISPU, Delhi Chapter of IAPS, PUC-IAPS, New Delhi, India.  August 29-31, 2013

Jayant Rakhakrishnan, MD, Ambiguous relationships with ambiguous genitalia and ambiguous sexuality.  8th biennial meeting of ASPU and ISPU, Delhi Chapter of IAPS, PUC-IAPS, New Delhi, India.  August 29-31, 2013

Samuel K. Appavu, MD, Are we still using pulmonary artery catheters in the 21st century?  European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, Paris, France, 10/6-10/13

Jayant Rakhakrishnan, MD, Maximally invasive surgery, Department of Pediatric Surgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India, November 20, 2013

Jayant Rakhakrishnan, MD, Case scenarios for PGs.  Department of Pediatric Surgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India, November 21, 2013

NATIONAL

Trenhaile SW, “Setting up your operating room to maximize efficiency, safety, and effectiveness.” Podium Lecture, The Wider Scope of Arthroscopy, Smith & Nephew Endoscopy and JDO Fellowship Program Spring Session, Andover, MA, September 9, 2014

Trenhaile SW, “Innovations in Shoulder Instability Management:  An Alte4rnate Surgical Perspective” presentation and live cadaveric workshop.  Arthroscopy Association of North America 33rd Annual Fall Meeting, JW Marriott Desert Spring Hotel, Palm Desert, CA, November 8, 2014

Trenhaile SW, “Revision Rotator Cuff Surgery Augmentation:  Augments Fail.”  Podium Lecture, Orthopaedic Summit 2014 Evolving Techniques, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV, December 5, 2014

Trenhaile SW, “When I really recognize glenoid bone loss and how I quantify treatment.”  Podium Lecture, Orthopaedic Summit 2014 Evolving Techniques, MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, NV, December 5, 2014

Hagarty, SE, "Positive Impact of Meshing Autogenous Dermal Matrix (ADM) on Pain, Length of Stay and Length of Time Required for Post-Operative Drains in Tissue Expander Based Breast Reconstruction." ASPS, Boston, October, 2015.
  

REGIONAL

Afifi AM, Kempton SJ, Gordon CR, Pryor L, Khalil AA, Sweeney WM, Kusuma S, Langevin CJ, Zins JE.  Evaluating Current Functional Airway Surgery During Rhinoplasty:  A Survey of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2015 Jan 29

Yen L, Fosco C, Khare M, Hagarty S, Post-operative Drain Time Analysis, Outcomes and Complication Rates in Patients Receiving Meshed versus Un-Meshed Acellular Dermal Matris (adm) in Partial Sub-Muscular Breast Reconstruction, abstract #26 Annals of Plastic Surgery.  Vol 74, supplement 3, June 2015

Samuel K. Appavu, MD, “Highlights in Endocrine Surgery”, Joint meeting of the American College of Surgeons and Illinois Surgical Society, Urbana/Champaign, IL, September 18-20, 2014

Samuel K. Appavu, MD, Antidiabetic agent induced acute pancreatitis, IL Chapter of American College of Surgeons, Springfield, IL, 2013

Samuel K. Appavu, MD, Delayed Gastric Emptying Following Pancreatoduodenectomy: Can we prevent it?  IL Surgical Society meeting, Geneva, IL, 9/21/13

Kendall Boone, MD, Carotid Stenting Versus Carotid Endarterectomy for Carotid Stenosis, IL Surgical Society meeting, Geneva, IL, 9/21/13

Michael Fumo, MD, Genito-Urinary Trauma Update, IL Surgical Society meeting, Geneva, IL, 9/21/13

Andrew Hoffman, MD, The Evolution of Open Abdominal Wound Care, IL Surgical Society meeting, Geneva, IL, 9/21/13

Mark Zarnke, MD, Ambulatory Wound Care:  The Art and Some Science, IL Surgical Society meeting, Geneva, IL, 9/21/13

News and Events

Landon Pryor, MD (Transformations Plastic Surgery)

  • BRA Day – Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day

Transformations Plastic Surgery hosts an annual BRA Day event in Rockford.  The funds raised are donated to the PSF Breast Reconstruction Awareness Fund and to the local charitable organization Breast Oasis.

John Rudzinski, MD

  • The Bridge Clinic-Faculty sponsor, for M2 and M3 volunteers , clinician, board member

  • Community Education - immunization and disaster preparedness coalition chair

Scott Trenhaile, MD

  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Virtual Reality Shoulder Arthroscopy Simulator Development Project, April 2012-present

  • Sports medicine team physician for Belvidere North, Harlem and Lutheran High Schools and Rockford University, Chicago Blackhawks ice hockey team, Rockford Ice Hogs ice hockey team

  • Sports medicine team physician/coach for Lutheran junior crew football team

MAJOR AWARD FROM UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

Jayant Radhakrishnan, MD Professorship in Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Illinois College of Medicine celebrated on December 5, 2013

OTHER AWARDS/HONORS

Samuel K. Appavu, MD, Invitation by the Illinois Surgical Society to organize and present the 2013 CME program

Jayant Rakhakrishnan, MD, Award from “Progress in Paediatric Urology” at the 8th Biennial meeting of ASPU and ISPU, Delhi Chapter of IAPS, PUC-IAPS New Delhi, India.  August 29-31, 2013  

 

Contact Us

Address:        University of Illinois College of Medicine-Rockford

                      Department of Surgery

                      2350 N. Rockton Avenue, Suite LL06

                      Rockford, IL  61103

Phone:           815-971-7281

FAX:               815-971-9957