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


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.

The staff and physicians strive to create a friendly and caring environment that reflects their quality of care. It is SSA’s goal to serve as the area’s leading surgical practice and to help patients by improving their physical wellbeing through excellent surgical care.




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