The UICOMP Department of Surgery has a long tradition of excellence in clinical care and teaching. Our education program includes a General Surgery Residency Program now comprised of four categorical residents per year. The program received an increase in complement to start the 2014/15 academic year. This five year program trains and prepares residents for General Practice Services as well as Fellowships. The department also manages the Surgical Clerkship in the training of medical students.

The Interim Chair of the department is J. Stephen Marshall, M.D. and the Vice-Chair is James R. DeBord, M.D. The department consists of seventeen sections dedicated to providing the highest quality healthcare and training.


UICOMP Department of Surgery
Section Chiefs

Anesthesiology Jocelyn McClain, MD 
Cardiothoracic Surgery  Richard C. Anderson,MD
Colorectal Surgery Julius Bonello, MD 
General Surgery
Thomas R. Rossi, MD
Minimally Invasive Surgery
David L. Crawford, MD
Oncological Surgery
J. Stephen Marshall, MD
Evan Pike, MD 
Orthopedic Surgery
Jeffrey W. Akeson, MD 
Otolaryngology Ryan Hendricker, MD 
Pediatric Surgery Richard H. Pearl, MD
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery  Eric E. Elwood, MD
Surgical Critical Care Chadrick Evans, MD
Transplant Timothy O'Connor, MD
J. Stephen Marshall, MD
Urology  Kelly E. Bewsey, MD
Vascular Surgery James R. DeBord, MD


Residency 13/14
Residency Program 2013/14


 Link to Surgery Grand Rounds Presentations
Norman C. Estes, MD Retires On September 1, 2015, Norman C. Estes, MD retired from 17 years serving as Chair and Program Director of the UICOMP Department of Surgery (more)
Resident Graduation – May 15, 2015 (more)

…see Resident Graduations 2013 & 2014


Student Awards Ceremony, Class of 2015 was held on April 30. Angie Kao received the ‘UICOMP Excellence in Surgery Award’, Felix Yong received both the ‘Robert S. DeBord Award for Excellence in Surgery’ and the ‘Gustav W. Giebelhausen Endowed Scholarship for Surgery’. Surgery resident Imad Qayyum, PGY4, received the campus-wide ‘Resident of the Year Award’ from the Class of 2015. (more)

Student Graduation, Class of 2015 was held on May 2. (more)


Central Illinois Surgical Week 2015, Peoria – June 18-20 Illinois Chapter ACS, Norman C. Estes, MD Surgery Symposium, and Robotic Symposium (more) 


The 9th Annual Breast Cancer Symposium – September 29 & 30, 2016 (more) 

Surgical faculty honored at the Sixth Annual Celebration of Excellence, November 12,2014 Jocelyn McClain, MD ‘UICOMP Outstanding Teaching
 and Service Award for Community-Based Faculty’ and Ai-Xuan Holterman, MD ‘UICOMP Outstanding Research Award


FACULTY TEACHING Procedural Skills Lab