The Department of Surgery includes eight core divisions, and each is led by a dedicated team of physician-scientists.

See below for descriptions of each division. To visit a division section, click a link below.

Surgical Research

The purpose of the Department of Surgery Research Division is to promote the overall research program in the Department of Surgery. Learn more.

Acute Care Surgery

The Department of Surgery’s Division of Acute Care Surgery combines the disciplines of emergency general surgery, trauma care, critical care, elective general surgery and burn. A multidisciplinary team provides patient care, outreach education, and resident and fellowship education, including ACGME-approved surgical critical care fellowship positions. Faculty members are active in both clinical and basic science research.

Photo of Stephen Barnes, MD  Chief of the Division of Acute Care Surgery
Stephen Barnes, MD, Division Chief

University Hospital is an American College of Surgeons verified Level I trauma center, one of only three such centers in Missouri. The Frank L. Mitchell, Jr., MD Trauma Center is recognized as meeting and exceeding the highest standards of care for the most critically injured patients. As the only burn center in the region, MU is also a leader in the treatment of burn-injured patients.

Surgical intensivist coverage in the Trauma-Surgical ICU is coordinated through our division. Our surgeons maintain an active general surgery practice and are available for urgent inpatient and elective outpatient consultations.

Acute Care Surgery Faculty

Surgical Critical Care Fellowship

Acute Care Surgery clinical information

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Surgeons at University Hospital performed the first open-heart procedure in mid-Missouri in 1958. Since that time, the hospital has become well-known as one of the state’s most active and respected cardiothoracic referral centers. Our cardiothoracic surgeons perform more than 800 operations each year.

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Jussuf Kaifi, MD, Division Chief

Services include:Surgery for thoracic aortic aneurysms, dissection and trauma, minimally invasive coronary surgery, aortic and mitral valve surgery, complete thoracic surgical oncology, including laser endoscopy, thorascopy and VATS lobectomy, treatment of congenital and acquired cardiac defects, including cardiac conduction disorders and arrhythmias, MAZE procedures; lung, esophageal and chest wall tumors and cancers; endovascular thoracic aortic stenting; and pectus repair and mini sternotomy/keyhole surgery.

Cardiothoracic Surgery Faculty

Cardiothoracic Surgery clinic information


As the only Level I Trauma Center in the community, neurosurgeons at the University of Missouri and University Health Care deliver comprehensive neurosurgical care for patients suffering from brain and spine tumors, aneurysms and cerebrovascular disease, spine disorders, peripheral nerve disorders, pediatric neurological disorders, epilepsy, and movement and functional disorders.

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N. Scott Litofsky, MD, Division Chief

We aim to provide outstanding patient-centered clinical care focusing on the disease processes affecting the neurological system, and for which neurosurgical solutions may be available.

Our faculty members are not only dedicated providers but are also deeply involved in basic and clinical research. This research allows us to better understand the causes of neurological diseases, and we apply this knowledge toward better diagnoses and treatments for our patients.

Our office and clinics span MU Health Care locations, including University HospitalEllis Fischel Cancer Center, Comprehensive Spine Center (collaboration with Missouri Orthopaedic Institute), and Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

The University of Missouri is home to one of 103 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-approved neurological surgery residency programs in the nation. Our faculty and staff are committed to producing highly skilled, ethical, and compassionate future neurosurgeons. Our comprehensive program teaches not only clinical education but also provides residents research training and opportunities for academic development and scholarship leading to certification by the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

Neurosurgery Faculty

Neurosurgery Residency

Neurosurgery clinical information

Plastic Surgery

Our plastic surgeons perform reconstructive surgery to correct birth defects and defects associated with disease or trauma. We also perform aesthetic and cosmetic surgery and have a special interest in hand reconstruction and craniofacial surgery.

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Stephen Colbert, MD, Division Chief

The Plastic Surgery residency program is a pioneer of the integrated resident pathway. As one of the five original integrated plastic surgery programs, our innovative apprenticeship model of surgical education provides the opportunity for real mentorship and emphasizes early and significant exposure to plastic surgery.

Plastic Surgery Faculty

Plastic Surgery Residency

Plastic Surgery clinical information

Surgical Oncology-General Surgery

Physicians in the Division of Surgical Oncology specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and surgical management of solid tumors. Services provided by Ellis Fischel Cancer Center teams include: Treatment for cancers of the breast, gastrointestinal tract, endocrine system and soft tissue, treatment for melanoma, comprehensive therapy for complex abnormal tissue masses and rapid outpatient biopsies.

Photo of Eric Kimchi, MD, MBA, Division Chief
Eric Kimchi, MD, MBA, Division Chief

General surgeons at University HospitalWomen's and Children's Hospital and Ellis Fischel Cancer Center serve patients with a broad range of surgical problems, including gastrointestinal, pancreatic and biliary surgical services, endocrine surgery, high-risk surgical procedures in elderly patients with complex problems, minimally invasive surgery and outpatient surgical services.

Surgical Oncology-General Surgery Faculty

Surgical Oncology clinical information

General Surgery Residency

General Surgery - GI Surgery Fellowship

General Surgery - Bariatric Surgery Fellowship

General Surgery clinical information


Our urologic surgeons are experts in urologic oncology, renal transplant and infertility. Infertile men and their spouses are seen in a joint setting with gynecologic infertility specialists. Surgeons also offer state-of-the art clinical laboratories in urodynamics and andrology, including sperm-banking services and intracytoplasmic sperm injection.

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Mark Wakefield, MD, Division Chief

Services include: Diagnosis and treatment of urinary incontinence, kidney transplantation, surgical treatment of testis tumors, treatment of bladder, kidney, and prostate cancer, treatment of kidney stones, including percutaneous nephrostolithotomy, ureteroscopy and extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy; management of spinal cord injury patients with neurogenic bladder; treatment of impotence and infertility's pediatric urology - treatment for congenital obstructive uropathy and vesicoureteral reflux and surgical correction of hypospadias; and laparoscopic surgery - kidney, ureter, adrenal, bladder, prostate.

Urology Faculty

Urology Residency

Urology clinical information

Vascular Surgery

The Department of Surgery’s Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery reflects the current model of combining the disciplines of open surgical cases and endovascular procedures.

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Todd Vogel, MD, Division Chief

A multidisciplinary team provides patient care, education and resident training, including an ACGME-approved two-year fellowship in vascular surgery. Faculty members are also active in both clinical and basic science research. The vascular team at the University of Missouri Health Care provides the unparalleled benefits of a truly advanced academic arena with a new state-of-the-art hybrid operating room suite allowing for the most advanced endovascular procedure to be performed safely and efficiently.

Vascular Surgery Faculty

Vascular Surgery Fellowship

Vascular Surgery clinical information