Dr. Marek Rudnicki was appointed Clinical Chair of Surgery in May 2019. He will provide leadership, supervision and guidance and be responsible for all educational efforts of the Department of Surgery, as well as providing support to junior and mid-level faculty. Dr. Rudnicki will continue to serve as Surgery Residency Site Program Director at the University of Illinois/Metropolitan Group Hospitals and the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago. He will report directly to Dr. Seeth Vivek, Associate Dean of Clinical Sciences.
Dr. Rudnicki began his career at the Medical University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland, where he served for several years until he relocated to the US in 1990. He was then appointed Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery at Columbia University in New York. Dr. Rudnicki later moved to Chicago in 1999 and became Professor of Surgery and afterwards Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Illinois School of Medicine.
Dr. Rudnicki is board certified in general surgery and has been in practice for nearly 40 years. He specializes in minimally invasive surgery with a particular focus on laparoscopic and robotic surgery. He is active in many professional organizations and currently serves as the Governor at the American College of Surgeons. He has received research grants, academic awards and authored multiple articles for national and international publications. In 2003, he established the Surgery Simulation Center at the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center which he directed.
He earned his medical degree from the Medical University of Silesia.