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Traves D. Crabtree, M.D.

Dr. Crabtree
Springfield, IL

Dr. Traves D. Crabtree

Cardiothoracic Surgeon

SIU Cardiothoracic Surgery at Simmons Cancer Institute

315 West Carpenter Street, 2nd Floor, Clinic C
Springfield, IL 62702
(217) 545-8000

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL - 1991

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL - 1995

University of Virginia Department of Surgery, Charlottesville, Virginia - 2002

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia - 1999
Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO - 2004


Dr. Traves D. Crabtree currently serves as professor of surgery and medical director of the surgical skills laboratory at Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois. Dr. Crabtree earned his medical degree in 1995 from SIU School of Medicine. He then went on to pursue a surgical research fellowship in infectious disease at the University of Virginia (UVA) in Charlottesville, Virginia from 1997-1999. Dr. Crabtree remained at UVA where he completed a residency in general surgery in 2002 before moving on to a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery (2002-2004) at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.

Professional Highlights

Board-certified in both surgery and thoracic surgery, Dr. Crabtree is a cardiothoracic surgeon affiliated with the SIU Cardiothoracic Surgery Program at the Simmons Cancer Institute located in Springfield, Illinois. The Simmons Cancer Institute employs "the team approach" to cancer care which involves surgeons, radiologists, oncologists, genetic counselors, therapists, nurses, and other medical staff working cooperatively to design a treatment plan with the best possible outcome for each patient's individual cancer diagnosis.

Clinical Research and Publications

Dr. Crabtree has specifically cited his areas of clinical interest as being pleural disease, minimally invasive lung cancer surgery, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), general thoracic surgery, mediastianal surgery, and esophageal cancer surgery. He has authored or coauthored scientific articles published in highly-regarded medical journals such as The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, the Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery, The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, and the Journal of Thoracic Oncology, among others. His most recent publications are as follows:

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Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance

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Reviewer: Annette Charlevois

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Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Barnes Jewish Hospital

Siteman Cancer Center

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