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Department of Surgery Education

This current-use fund supports the educational mission of the Department of Surgery at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria (UICOM-P). Our education mission is the education of physicians including undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education in the science, art, and practice of surgery. It is our mission to not only provide but to develop others to deliver high quality surgical care to the patients served. We utilize full-time, part-time, and volunteer faculty and hospitals in cooperative dynamic relationships to meet these goals. Faculty in the Department of Surgery must actively participate in educational programs, demonstrate high quality patient care, and establish scholarly achievement in the form of clinical or basic science research and state-of-the-art presentations.

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Robert A. DeBord Award for Excellence in Surgery

Established through the Peoria Department of Surgery in 2011, this award goes to a Peoria senior elected by Peoria surgical faculty for outstanding performance and commitment to surgery as a career. Dr. Robert A. DeBord (1918-2002) was born in Princeville, IL. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1942, and served with the U.S. Navy during World War II. Dr. DeBord's training included general and thoracic surgery at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, at Edward Sanatorium in Naperville, and at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago. He completed a pediatric surgery residency at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, where he was a fellow in experimental cardiac surgery. He co-founded the Peoria Surgical Group in 1952. Active on the staff of St. Francis, where he served as chairman of the Department of Surgery and president of the medical staff, Dr. DeBord was an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, and was president of several medical societies in the state and region. He retired from the practice of surgery in 1982.

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Dr. Estes Fund

Dr. Estes received his medical degree from the University of Kansas in 1971, served his internship in straight medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center from 1971 to 1972, and received his residency training in general surgery at the University of Kansas Medical Center from 1972 to 1976. He was certified by the American Board of Surgery in 1978. Dr. Estes has attended the Program for Chiefs of Clinical Services and the Advanced Program for Chiefs of Clinical Services at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts.

A native of Missouri, Dr. Estes was on the faculty at the University of Kentucky as Assistant Professor of Surgery from 1976 to 1978. He served as part-time Attending Surgeon at the University of Missouri-Kansas City while in private practice from 1978 to 1981. He was Associate Professor of Surgery at Indiana University from 1981 to 1984. He returned to the University of Kansas in 1984 and was Professor of Surgery from 1993 until coming to Illinois. He served as Chief of Staff at the University of Kansas Medical Center from 1992 until accepting Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria in 1998. His interest and education as to the importance of quality improvement and hospital systems was developed during this period.

Dr. Estes has published numerous articles on surgical oncology. His research interests have focused on tumor proliferation and nutrition as well as Surgical Principal Investigator for national clinical studies in breast and gastrointestinal malignancies. He has won numerous teaching awards and is a student and resident advocate. He has participated on the admissions committee as well as promotion committee in several medical schools.

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Stuart S. Roberts, MD Endowed Lectureship for Excellence in Surgical Education

This endowment fund provides net income to support the Department of Surgery at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria (UICOM-P) for hosting prominent surgeons and scholars for presentations to enhance training and education of medical students, residents, and practicing physicians. It was established to honor Stuart S. Roberts, MD for his distinguished medical career as a scholar, master surgeon, role model, and life saver.

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Dr. Lorin D. and Bernice D. Whittaker Endowed Fund

This endowment fund provides net income to support the Department of Surgery at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria (UICOM-P) for student surgical education to enhance student teaching by using current techniques as well as innovative methods such as computer and other electronic assists and for student surgical research activities. In addition, the Lorin D. Whittaker, Sr., MD, FACS teaching awards are presented annually to a University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria Department of Surgery residency training program attending surgeon faculty member and to a surgical resident. Recipients are chosen by medical students who vote for their teachers at the conclusion of their eight week third year Surgery Clerkship. Awards focus on excellence in surgical teaching, and the students select those recipients who have been particularly effective in their teaching to them, including in the lecture setting, in the operating room, on patient rounds, and in the out patient setting. Students in this manner provide a reward to faculty they identify as especially effective teachers, mentors, and role models. Two large plaques are displayed in the Department of Surgery showing the previous attending faculty and resident faculty recipients of this award. The recipients receive their own plaque suitable for hanging, and the resident recipients receive a book prize of their choosing.

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Breast Cancer Education and Research

This current use fund supports the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria Department of Surgery for organization and execution of the annual breast cancer education symposium and fundraising gala, for surgical education for UICOM-P students and residents, for breast cancer medical-surgical research efforts, and for community outreach awareness in central Illinois.

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Surgical Education Endowment

This endowment fund provides net income to support the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria Department of Surgery for travel and expenses to attend surgical specialty meetings and courses, or visiting fellowships to outside institutions, for surgical laboratory and clinical research projects, for visiting lectures and professors, for library acquisitions, and for scholarly publications and presentations.

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