SSM Health Medical Group welcomes new general surgeon

August 28, 2019

SSM Health Medical Group – Illinois continues to expand its medical staff in Mt. Vernon by adding a well-known and respected surgeon throughout southern Illinois to its medical staff.

Joining SSM Health Medical Group – Illinois is Naresh Ahuja, MD, FACS, MD, a board-certified general surgeon who will focus on providing minimally invasive, general, and bariatric surgery.

Dr. Ahuja is an established and highly skilled physician with more than 10 years of experience in advanced minimally invasive, general, and bariatric surgery. He completed his general surgery internship, residency and trauma research fellowship at Washington Hospital Center (Washington, DC/Bethesda, MD). Dr. Ahuja is also fellowship-trained in advanced laparoscopic minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at the University of Pittsburgh (PA).

Dr. Ahuja has performed thousands of advanced complex gastrointestinal (GI) surgeries via minimally invasive techniques. He is well regarded in the southern Illinois community, earning numerous accolades for his quality and patient-centered care. Dr. Ahuja has previously Surgeon Champion of Year 2019 by Illinois State Quality Improvement Collaborative (ILQIC) for his quality improvement contributions. Dr. Ahuja has provided preceptorship/case observation opportunities for regional surgeons, medical students, residents, physician assistant students, dietitians and RNs.
He is a diplomat of the American Board of Surgery (ABS), fellow of American College of Surgeons (ACS) and fellow with the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

Steve Hubler-Marti, Vice President of Operations, SSM Health Medical Group – Illinois, says patients want to stay local for high quality and personable care. “To meet the needs of local communities, we are offering more specialty physicians and services,” Hubler-Marti said. “In Mt. Vernon, with the addition of Dr. Ahuja, we’re providing expanded access to more specialized and complex general surgery services, through a physician with a stellar reputation, so local residents don’t have to go elsewhere.”

Dr. Ahuja’s practice is part of SSM Health Medical Group-General & Vascular Surgery, Suite 235, 2 Good Samaritan Way, Mt. Vernon (62864). His office hours are Monday-Thursday, 8am-5pm.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ahuja, please call 618.899.3980.