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General Surgery Services

Drs. Mustafa Hussain, John Alverdy, Vivek Prachand

University of Chicago general surgeons focus on a variety of complex problems that can be treated with surgery.

Multidisciplinary Approach

Our surgeons tailor treatment to a patient's individual needs. Before deciding on surgery, University of Chicago physicians from various disciplines consider the full range of treatment options. We work with physicians throughout the hospital to treat patients for:

State-of-the-Art Surgical Care


We offer innovative surgical procedures--including experimental treatments--for cancer of the esophagus, liver, colon, and rectum; inflammatory bowel diseases; and morbid obesity. These treatments are not widely available elsewhere. In addition, we are one of the only centers in the Midwest to offer laparoscopic surgery for esophageal/gastric cancer and ulcerative colitis.

Whenever possible, our surgeons use minimally invasive diagnostic and surgical techniques. Minimally invasive procedures offer several benefits when compared to conventional surgery, including:

  • Less pain
  • Faster recovery
  • Less scarring
  • Less injury to tissue
  • Shorter hospital stays

Our physicians often perform image-guided surgery for conditions such as melanomas and breast cancer. This not only improves the staging of these cancers, but also minimizes the surgery needed to adequately treat these tumors.

Expert Diagnosis

In many cases, our doctors can use noninvasive or minimally invasive techniques to diagnose disease. By using these techniques, we are able to diagnosis potentially life-threatening conditions--such as cancer--quickly, accurately, and with little or no need for invasive surgery.

Convenient, Outpatient Procedures

We offer many procedures on an outpatient basis. Our patients receive high-quality care in the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine (DCAM), our state-of-the-art adult outpatient facility. Designed to provide the best possible setting for patient-centered healthcare, the DCAM brings the latest medical technology and scientific know-how to each patient in a convenient, efficient, and comfortable environment.