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Rush University Surgeons

Rush University Surgeons is a General Surgery practice with four specialty teams. These include GI Surgery, Breast, Colon-Rectal, and Surgical Oncology. Our teams of dedicated surgeons are supported by nurses, medical assistants, mid-level providers and administrative support staff who all work together to assure a premier patient experience. 

At Rush University Surgeons we are committed to providing excellent patient care through ease of appointment scheduling and prompt response to patient's concerns.

MEET OUR TEAM

 

Board Certification:

Surgery

Faculty Rank: Associate Professor
Medical or Graduate Education: Rush Medical College
Residency: Rush University Medical Center - Surgery
Fellowship: University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center - Surgical Oncology
Clinical Expertise:
  • Breast cancer
  • Breast conservation surgery
  • Cancer surgery, skin
  • Hernia repair
  • Hernia repair, plug and patch
  • Isolated limb perfusion
  • Laser ablation, veins
  • Melanoma
  • Radiofrequency ablation, veins
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Sentinel lymph node biopsy
  • Soft tissue tumors
  • Varicose veins
Research Interests:
  • Melanoma
  • Breast cancer

 

Dr. Brand is a practicing colon and rectal surgeon on the full time faculty at Rush University Medical Center and is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Rush University School of Medicine. He serves as the Director of Colorectal Research and  Education in the Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Rush.
 

Dr. Brand received his Bachelor’s Disease from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his Medical Degree from Rush University. He performed his general surgery residency and his colorectal residency at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH. he has been on staff at Rush University Medical Center since 1999. 

Daniel  J Deziel MD, MS is the Helen Shedd Keith Professor and Chair of the Department of General Surgery . He has been in practice at Rush for nearly 30 years. He treats a wide range of surgical  problems but especially those of the gallbladder, bile ducts, pancreas and upper gastrointestinal tract.

Dr. Deziel received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame (1975) and his medical degree from the University of Minnesota (1979). He completed his residency training at Rush and a specialized GI fellowship at the Lahey Clinic. An internationally known surgeon, he is a member of many prominent surgical organizations and has been President of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and the Chicago Surgical Society.  He has published over 140 scientific papers and books/book chapters and given 200 invited presentations/lectures.

 

Board Certification:

Surgery

Faculty Rank: Professor
Medical or Graduate Education: University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago
Residency: Rush University Medical Center - Surgery
Clinical Expertise:
  • Adrenal surgery
  • Biliary surgery
  • Colorectal surgery
  • Cryosurgery
  • Esophageal surgery
  • Gastrointestinal surgery
  • Hernia repair
  • Hernia repair, plug and patch
  • Liver surgery
  • Pancreas surgery
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Splenectomy
Languages Spoken:

Greek

 

Dr. Favuzza is a practicing colon and rectal surgeon on the full time faculty at Rush University Medical Center and is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Rush University School of Medicine. She serves as the Director of the Sandra Rosenberg-Rush Inherited Colorectal Cancer Registry and Co-Director of the PAPH - The Program for Abdominal and Pelvic Health in the Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Rush.
 
Dr. Favuzza received her Bachelor’s Disease from the Boston University, Boston, MA and her medical degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. She performed her general surgery residency at the Berkshire Medical Center in western Massachusetts and her colorectal residency at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. She has been on staff at Rush University Medical Center since 2012.
 
Areas of clinic interest: Treatment of fecal incontinence and constipation with new approaches including sacral nerve stimulation – SNS, laparoscopic surgery for all colorectal disorders, colon and rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and diverticular disease​

Deanne Fornelli is a physician assistant (PA) who works closely with Drs. Deziel, Millikan, Myers, and Richter on the GI and general surgical service at Rush University Medical Center. She completed her Bachelor of Science at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and then earned her Masters of Medical Science degree to become a PA at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois. She practiced as a PA in cardiothoracic surgery prior to joining Rush University Surgeons in September 2011. She holds a national certification with the National Commission for Certification of Physician Assistants. She is a member of the Rush Physician Assistant Committee and also is a preceptor and lecturer for Rush PA students. Deanne is a member of our inpatient and outpatient surgical team. She enjoys providing continuity of care for our surgical patients across the inpatient and clinical settings.

Dr. Darius Francescatti is a General Surgeon and Assistant Professor at Rush University Medical Center. He specializes in Breast Care.  Dr. Francescatti completed his residency at Loyola University Medical Center- General Vascular Surgery. His Clinical Expertise is in the following: Breast surgery, Cryosurgery, Ductal lavage , Ductoscopy  and Stereotactic and ultrasound-guided needle biopsy, breast. His research Interests include Ductal Lavage and ductoscopy in breast cancer risk assessment and Cryoablation of benign and malignant breast tumors. Dr. Francescatti is fluent in French, Italian and Spanish.​

Katherine Heiden, MD, FACS is a board-certified surgeon who specializes in the treatment of diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal glands and neuroendocrine pancreas. She graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in molecular biology in 1998 and received her medical degree from Columbia University in 2003. She completed a general surgery residency at New York Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center in 2009, followed by a fellowship in endocrine surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH.

Dr. Heiden is actively involved with clinical research relating to parathyroid localization and basic science research investigating molecular signaling pathways involved in thyroid cancer. Her clinical interests include surgeon-performed ultrasound, minimally invasive parathyroid and thyroid surgery, and laparoscopic adrenal surgery, and she has performed over 1000 thyroid and parathyroid surgeries.

 

Katherine Kopkash, MD, received her medical degree from Rush Medical College and went on to complete a residency in general surgery at Rush University Medical Center.  She completed a fellowship in breast oncoplastic surgery at the University of Southern California.

Dr. Kopkash is a board-certified general surgeon who specializes in breast oncoplastics, which means performing breast cancer surgeries in the most cosmetically pleasing way.  She is committed to ensuring her patients the best quality of life possible and provides this by performing lumpectomies using tissue-rearrangement techniques, sentinel lymph node biopsies, and nipple-sparing mastectomies.  Her research interests include intra-operative radiation therapy, clinical outcomes for breast cancer patients with a focus on quality of life, and surgical education. ​

 

Board Certification:

Surgery

Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor
Medical or Graduate Education: Rush Medical College
Residency: Rush University Medical Center - Surgery
Fellowship: Evanston Northwestern Healthcare - Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery
Clinical Expertise:
  • Adrenal surgery
  • Appendectomy
  • Bariatric (weight-loss) surgery
  • Bile duct repair
  • Cholecystectomy (gallbladder surgery)
  • Colorectal surgery
  • Esophageal surgery
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Hernia repair
  • Hernia repair, plug and patch
  • Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy
  • Minimally invasive procedures
  • Nissen fundoplication
  • Obesity
  • Pancreas surgery
  • Robotic surgery, gastrointestinal
  • Single-incision laparoscopic cholecystectomy
  • Splenectomy
  • Whipple procedure
Research Interests:
  • Carcinoid tumor
  • Metabolic surgery
  • Robotic surgery
  • Surgical education

 

Andrea Madrigrano is an Assistant Professor of Surgery and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She has been at Rush Medical Center since 2007, and is an active member of the Coleman Foundation Comprehensive Breast Clinic at Rush.  She received her medical degree and completed her residency training in general surgery  from University of Illinois  at Chicago. She completed her fellowship training in breast surgery at Stanford Hospital and Clinics in California. Dr. Madrigrano focuses exclusively on breast diseases and breast surgery. Her areas of clinical expertise include:   Breast conservation surgery, skin sparing and nipple sparing mastectomies, oncoplastic surgery, breast cancer survivorship, and heredity and cancer.  Dr. Madrigrano believes in a personalized approached to cancer treatment and works closely with patients and families.

Keith Millikan, MD is a Chicago native and Rush has been his home since 1980. Dr. Millikan’s Surgical interests and expertise includes Minimally Invasive or Laparoscopic approaches to the following diseases: Upper Gastrointestinal tract that include Esophagus, stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen and small intestine including cancer and benign diseases, hernia Surgery including Groin or inguinal, incisional or ventral, umbilical and hiatal hernias. Recurrent or complicated surgeries that in separation of components, use of state of the art meshes and new biology meshes.

Dr. Millikan has held many Academic Titles and teaching positions since 1989 such as: Assistant to Associate and now Full Professor. Currently holds Steven Economou Endowed Chair Professorship, 10-year term as Associate dean and Associate Vice President of Surgical Services and Sciences. Currently Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs for Department of General Surgery.

Dr. Millikan is a Full time surgeon who gives personal one on one care in an academic atmosphere at Rush University.

Dr. Keith Monson is an experienced board certified general surgeon.  He is a native of Chicago.  He received his medical degree from Rush Medical College after getting his bachelor's degree in biophysics at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.  He also holds a Master of Science degree from Michigan State University.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.  He has an appointment as Assistant Professor as Rush University and is the program director for the Surgical Skills Course.  Dr. Monson has diverse interests in general surgery which include gastrointestinal surgery including colorectal, breast cancer, hernia repair, wound care, and skin cancer.  He employs minimally invasive techniques whenever possible.​

Dr. Myers is an Associate Professor of Surgery at Rush Medical College.  He received his fellowship training in Minimally Invasive Surgery at Loyola University Medical Center and completed his residency at Rush University Medical Center and Cook County Hospital.
 
He is a member of the clinical team of the Coleman Foundation Comprehensive Clinic for Gastrointestinal Cancers and was credited with developing the Minimally Invasive Training Center at Rush.  He is the Director of the Rush Bariatric Surgery Program and served as the Director of Undergraduate Surgical Education.  
 
Dr. Myers has published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals, book chapters, and co-edited several surgical textbooks. He serves on multiple committees both within the medical center and in local and national surgical societies and is presently the Patient Safety Officer at Rush.  He has presented his research at national meetings, including the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, the Academic Surgical Congress, and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
 
His special interests include: Minimally Invasive Surgery, Surgery of the Gastrointestinal Tract, Biliopancreatic Surgery, Bariatric Surgery and Hernia repair.

 

Dr. Orkin is a practicing colon and rectal surgeon and has been on the full‑time faculty at Rush University in Chicago, IL since early 2013. He is the Vice Chair of the Department of General Surgery for Academic Affair. In this capacity, he oversees all educational, research and academic activities within the department. He also serves as the chief of the Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery.
 
Dr. Orkin received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison WI and his Medical Degree from the University of Minnesota. He performed his internship at UCLA and his general surgery residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He completed Fellowships in gastrointestinal research at the Mayo Clinic and then in colon and rectal surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.
 
Dr. Orkin is active in clinical practice, education and research. He is an acknowledged authority on colorectal surgery and has published numerous research papers, review articles and chapters in this field. He has been visiting professor at many institutions internationally from  the Netherlands to Brazil to China. Dr. Orkin has been actively involved in the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education - ACGME since 2007. He currently serves as the Chair of the Residency Review Committee for Colon and Rectal Surgery which oversees all accredited colorectal training programs in the United States. ​

Dr. Thomas Witt is a General Surgeon that specializes in Breast Care. Which can include: Breast cancer, Breast conservation surgery, Breast diseases , Breast surgery, Cancer surgery, breast Mastectomy, skin-sparing, and Sentinel lymph node biopsy. Dr. Witt completed his residency at Rush University Medical Center and his Fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center - Surgical Oncology. Dr. Witt's research interests include Breast Diseases and Breast Cancer.​

 

Board Certification:

Surgery

Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor
Medical or Graduate Education: Chicago Medical School
Residency: Rush University Medical Center - Surgery
Clinical Expertise:
  • Cancer surgery, breast
  • Hernia repair
  • Hernia repair, plug and patch
  • Sentinel lymph node biopsy
  • Splenectomy
  • Vascular access devices for chemotherapy
Research Interests:
  • Venous access device infections
  • Surgical education

 

Services

General surgeons at Rush provide a full range of consulting, diagnostic and treatment services. They use the latest minimally invasive, laparoscopic, and endoscopic techniques. Surgeries include:

Bariatric Surgeries

  • Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGBP)  
  • Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB)
  • Laparoscopic vertical sleeve gastrectomy
  • Conventional (open) RYGBP
  • Revision interventions for failed or unsafe operations

 

GI Surgeries

  • Biliary surgery
  • Cholecystectomy (gallbladder surgery)
  • Esophageal surgery
  • Gastrointestinal surgery
  • Hernia repair
  • Liver resection
  • Minimally invasive procedures
  • Pancreas surgery

 

Breast

  • Breast cancer
  • Breast conservation surgery
  • Breast diseases
  • Cancer surgery, breast
  • Mastectomy, skin-sparing
  • Sentinel lymph node biopsy
  • Intraoperative Radiation Therapy ( IORT)

 

Surgical Oncology

  • Adrenal gland cancers
  • Endocrine surgery
  • Fine-needle aspiration biopsy of thyroid
  • Thyroid surgery
  • Breast conservation surgery
  • Cancer surgery, skin
  • Melanoma
  • Soft tissue tumors

 

Colon and Rectal

  • Cancer prevention and screening, colon cancer
  • Cleft lift procedure
  • Colorectal surgery
  • Constipation surgery
  • Hemorrhoid surgery
  • Incontinence, bowel
  • Inflammatory bowel disease 
  • ...And More. Please visit the CRS Website for more information regarding our Colon & Recal Surgery Program

Accreditation and Recognition

Rush University Surgeons
1725 W. Harrison St.
Professional Building I
Suites 810/818
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 942-5500
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1725 W. Harrison St.
Professional Building II
Suite 1138
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 942-5500
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510 S Maple
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Oak Park, IL 60304
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