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headshot of Department Chair, Fazlur Zahurullah

The Department of Surgery and Surgical Specialties encompasses the broad specialty of surgery along with anesthesiology and emergency medicine.

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 toward 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.

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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.

General Surgical Specialties

  • General surgery
  • Colon/rectal surgery
  • Pediatric surgery
  • Surgical critical care
  • Surgical oncology
  • Trauma surgery
  • Vascular surgery


  • Cardiac anesthesia
  • Obstetric anesthesia
  • Pediatric anesthesia

Surgical Specialties

  • Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Otolaryngology
  • Urology

Emergency Medicine

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Department of Surgery and Surgical Specialties
University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford

1601 Parkview Ave., S134, Rockford, Illinois 61107