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Department of Surgery

The Saint Louis University Department of Surgery dates back to 1837 and the founding of the School of Medicine. Today the department consists of nine divisions, two sections and eight residency programs working in various clinical locations across the Midwest.

Welcome from the Chair 2021

Sameer Siddiqui, M.D.
Sameer Siddiqui, M.D.

Ad majorem dei gloriam. This is the Latin motto for the Society of Jesus, the Catholic order of priests (commonly identified as Jesuits) that founded St. Louis University in 1818. It translates to “For the greater glory of God” and it is the foundational motivation for all the activities within the University including those of the Department of Surgery. We honor that tradition by concentrating on our primary goal, to serve the medical needs of our patient community including and especially those who are socially and economically disadvantaged. 

This is the stated mission of our department, an entity which in itself has a rich and storied history. In 2021, I would characterize us as a mid- to large-size department with over 70 faculty. We are large enough to be a comprehensive care institution, yet small enough to maintain a sense of family and community. The department is comprised of clinical divisions including general surgery, trauma surgery, transplant surgery, urology, cardiothoracic surgery, vascular surgery, plastic surgery, pediatric surgery, neurosurgery and emergency medicine. In addition, we include a laboratory section, the HLA Lab, as well as two educational components, the Center for Anatomical Sciences and Education as well as the Practical Anatomy and Surgical Education lab.

The are six Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited training programs including general surgery, vascular surgery, urology, surgery/critical care, plastic surgery, emergency medicine, and neurosurgery. Our trainees are exposed to a wide assortment of health care institutions including academic centers and private practice settings, as well as a veterans hospital. This wide variety of health care settings and patient populations ensure a breadth and depth of clinical experience which optimizes surgical training.

As chair, my faculty are held to three standards: deliver high quality clinical care, ensure outstanding educational experiences for our trainees and work to expand our scientific understanding of surgical care. What does this mean for you, our trainees? It means you will receive a state of the art clinical experience which will meet or exceed their ACGME case requirements and prepare you for independent practice. In addition, you will participate in surgical investigation and the scholarly work such inquiry produces. The combination of these two activities ensure that our graduates are competitive for top fellowships and positions in academic and community settings. 

I am not a native to St. Louis but both I and my family were quickly integrated into the community and now realize what a remarkable civic family we have joined. It is a transportation hub (major airport and train terminals with multiple intersecting interstates), seasonal weather, a great gastronomy scene, major professional and collegiate sports teams, cultural opportunities (art, opera, ballet, theater, symphony) and great neighborhoods with affordable housing and excellent schools. 

I am confident you will enjoy your residency here. Welcome!

Sameer A. Siddiqui, M.D.
Associate Professor and Department Chair

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  • Center for Anatomical Science and Education

Grand Rounds

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