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RecognizedSurgical Experts

Our nine surgeons provide surgical care in colorectal, general, hepatobiliary and vascular surgery.

Patient Focused

Since 1985 Our Focus Has Been On Our Patients

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Jeffrey E. Zuke, M.D., F.A.C.S., – General Surgeon and John D. Hirsch, M.D., F.A.C.S. – General Surgeon founded an independent surgical practice in July 1985 with the intention of providing surgical excellence. They were highly trained, innovative surgeons who were well received by their peers. With the desire for continuous growth in multiple areas, they envisioned adding partners from various surgical specialties over time. In 1990, when Larry Mendelow, M.D., F.A.C.S. (July 1, 1990 – Colon & Rectal Surgeon) joined the group, Suburban Surgical Associates (SSA), Inc. was established in the West County area.


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Professional Staff

The staff and physicians strive to create a friendly and caring environment that reflects their quality of care.


Financing Options

Our team members will assist you with your insurance coverage questions and present you with a variety of payment options.


Hospital Affiliations

We are affiliated with Missouri Baptist Hospital (MoBap) among others.  MoBap was ranked #2 in the St. Louis Metro Area and #3 in Missouri.


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Vein Care

Vascular Surgery

Unmatched Expertise

Colon & Rectal Surgery

Your Health Comes First

Hepatobiliary Surgery

For All Your Surgical Needs

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Dr. Brent Allen is a graduate of Utah State University in Logan, UT and Washington University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in General Surgery at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, and a fellowship in Vascular Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. Dr. Allen is Board Certified in both General Surgery and in his subspecialty field Vascular Surgery.

General Surgeon

Omar M. Guerra, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Board Certified general surgeon and a member of the American College of Surgeons

Hepatobiliary Surgeon

Todd K. Howard, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Specializing in hepatobiliary and pancreatic disease, and gastrointestinal cancers.

Colon & Rectal Surgeon

Eric D. Lederman, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Offering minimally invasive approaches to colorectal disease including laparoscopic colectomy.

Colorectal Surgeon

Lawrence G. Mendelow, M.D., F.A.C.S.

One of the original members of Suburban Surgical Associates, Dr. Mendelow is a surgical specialist in the treatment of diseases of the colon and rectum.

Vascular Surgeon

Jack Oak, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Oak is board certified in both general surgery and vascular surgery.

General Surgeon

Craig R. Smith, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Craig R. Smith, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a board certified general surgeon on staff at Missouri Baptist Medical Center.

Colorectal Surgeon

Alyssa Wait, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Member and fellow of American College of Surgeons as well as the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery.

General Surgeon

Jeffrey E. Zuke, M.D., F.A.C.S.

One of the original members of Suburban Surgical Associates, Dr. Mendelow is a surgical specialist in the treatment of diseases of the colon and rectum.


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It’s always the word of mouth that’s the best advice. Here are some of our…


Dear Dr. Mendelow:

Thank you for  giving me my life back.  I can’t thank you enough for your expertise and care and compassion you have shown me. You are one of the gentlest and kindest doctors I have ever met. Thank you again!


Dear Dr. Zuke:

I would like to express a sincere thank you for the excellent care that you have provided me regarding my recent surgery.  I feel very fortunate to have had you as my doctor! Please also know that the doctors that referred me to you hold you in the highest regard as well. Yours is a truly caring, personable and professional team. Every one of these folks are absolutely A+. Best Regards.


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Referrals are the highest of compliments.  Your trust in our skills and services is very important to us.  Please contact our office and our team will assist with everything from setting appointments, insurance coverage review, and medical information transfer.  We will follow up all along the way to ensure outstanding communication.


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