Surgery

Clinical Care

The physician educators of IU School of Medicine Department of Surgery provide comprehensive clinical care to patients in Central Indiana in a wide array of specialties and divisions, including cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, general surgery, pediatric surgery, plastic surgery, abdominal transplant and vascular surgery.

Primary training sites for surgical rotations include Riley Hospital for Children, IU Health Methodist Hospital, St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital, Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center, St. Vincent Hospital, IU Health North, IU Health West and Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital—all in Indianapolis.

Specialty Divisions of Surgery

The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine is a recognized leader in the advancement of cardiothoracic surgery education, training and patient care. The highly trained surgeons in this subspecialty area offer services for the care of congenital heart defects, adult cardiac and general thoracic conditions.

Over 40 faculty members maintain surgical practices at eight hospitals in the Indianapolis metropolitan area covering bariatrics, colon and rectal diseases, foregut diseases, basic and complex hernia repair, general emergency surgery, trauma, and critical surgical care. A strong team of faculty members generates innovative clinical research with a focus on trauma and patient-reported outcomes. Data is generated from quality clinical programs using an evidence-based approach to provide a positive patient experience, and excellent clinical outcomes that include the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program accredited bariatric surgery center, and two American College of Surgeons designated Level One Trauma Centers.

The Pediatric Surgical Division is primarily based at IU Health Riley Hospital for Children. Faculty surgeons care for children with general surgery problems at a number of outreach sites throughout the state of Indiana. Extensive preoperative, operative and postoperative experience is available in the management of neonatal surgery, pediatric surgical oncology, ECMO and pediatric trauma as well as the more commonplace children’s surgical problems and ambulatory surgery. Riley pediatric surgeons have an active practice in advanced laparoscopic and thoracoscopic surgery. The multidisciplinary Pediatric Trauma Program is the only ACS-verified Level I children’s program in Indiana.

IU School of Medicine faculty plastic surgeons see patients in hospital-based clinics on the Indianapolis campus and at several off-campus locations.

The Division of Abdominal Transplant Surgery at IU School of Medicine and IU Health Transplant are dedicated to excellence in organ transplantation, research and education. These surgeons work to return all patients awaiting transplant to a self-sufficient and active life through shorter wait times and excellent transplant outcomes. IU Health Transplant is the largest, most comprehensive center of its kind in the region and one of the top 10 transplant centers by volume in the United States. Patients have access to unique multidisciplinary teams such as the Comprehensive Liver Oncology Program and Living Kidney Donor Program. The depth of the team’s experience also translates to performing complex multivisceral transplants for patients with neuroendocrine tumors and portal vein thrombosis. In addition, our surgeons and scientists are researching solutions in the areas of immunobiology, xenotransplantation, ex vivo perfusion, and clinical outcomes to shape the future of transplant medicine.

The Division of Vascular Surgery within the IU School of Medicine Department of Surgery consists of nine clinical faculty, two basic science faculty and their supporting staff. The vascular surgery team prioritizes clinical care, innovative research and teaching the next generation of vascular specialists. The division serves as the principal tertiary-care referral network for vascular disease across the state. This faculty team has an established clinical interest in the areas of carotid artery disease, thoracic outlet syndrome, aneurysm surgery, peripheral artery occlusive disease, comprehensive venous disease, dialysis access and a wide spectrum of endovascular therapies.

Research activities include basic science and engineering research projects investigating the pathophysiology of vascular diseases. In addition, the division is engaged in medical device development and clinical trials evaluating protocols, medicines and techniques to improve patient care.

The Division of Surgical Oncology includes three clinical subspecialty sections: Breast, Endocrine, and Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery. Surgical faculty within the division are fellowship-trained within these respective specialties of surgical oncology and practice in IU School of Medicine teaching hospitals, including IU Health University Hospital, IU Health North and West Hospitals, IU Health Methodist Hospital, Richard L. Roudebush Indianapolis VA Medical Center, and Sydney & Lois Eskenazi Health. Surgical consultations and procedures can be scheduled in any of these facilities for quick access to the subspecialty certified surgeons of the Division of Surgical Oncology.