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Our History


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.  Click here for more about SSA.

SSA Timeline

Jeffrey E. Zuke, M.D., F.A.C.S., – July, 1985 – General Surgeon

Larry Mendelow, M.D., F.A.C.S., – July 1, 1990 – Colon & Rectal Surgeon

Todd Howard, M.D., F.A.C.S. – July 1, 1999 – Hepatobiliary Surgeon

Eric D. Lederman, M.D., F.A.C.S. – July 1, 1999 – Colon & Rectal Surgeon

Brent T. Allen, M.D., F.A.C.S. – November 15, 1999 – Vascular Surgeon

Omar M. Guerra, M.D., F.A.C.S. – July 1, 2004 – General Surgeon

Craig R. Smith, M.D., F.A.C.S. – September 2, 2014 – General Surgeon

Jack R. Oak, M.D., F.A.C.S. – January 1, 2015 – Vascular Surgeon

Alyssa Wait, M.D., F.A.C.S. – August 12, 2018 – Colon & Rectal Surgeon

SSA Today

Today, SSA is still a growing multispecialty surgical practice that offers a range of services. In addition to a wide range of specialties, SSA owns a fully (ICAVL) accredited vascular lab called The St. Louis Center for Circulatory Disorders. SSA is one of the largest independent multispecialty surgical practices in the St. Louis area.

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