BOARD CHAIRMAN

William D. Putman, MD - Board MemberWilliam D. Putman, MD

Obstetrics & Gynecology

William Putman, MD, was born in Peoria and attended medical school at Creighton University in Omaha, NE. Dr. Putman then completed his residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield.

Board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dr. Putman specializes in gynecologic surgery, urogynecology and general obstetrics. He is a member of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Physician Executives, American Society for Reproductive Medicine, American Urogynecologic Society, Illinois State Medical Society and Sangamon County Medical Society. He also serves as a Clinical Professor at SIU School of Medicine.

Dr. Putman joined Springfield Clinic in 1989. In addition to service on the Board of Directors, he recently chaired the Marketing & Communications Committee, and served on the Executive Committee and Quality Management & Peer Review Committee.



BOARD MEMBERS

P. James Abraham, MD - Board MemberP. James Abraham, MD

Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine

Dr. Jim Abraham joined Springfield Clinic’s Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine team in 2012, following a successful career in private medical practice in Springfield. In addition to his election to the Board of Directors, he is currently the chairman of Ancillary Committee and sits on the Quality Management & Peer Review Committee.

An Illinois native, Dr. Abraham graduated from Augustana College and complete medical school at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield. He completed an Internal Medicine residency at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, where he achieved status as chief resident, and continued his fellowship training in Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine at the same institution. He maintains board certification in Pulmonary Disease and Sleep Medicine.

Dr. Abraham is active in many medical associations and organizations, including the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American Thoracic Society.


Ramanath Bhandari, MD - Board MemberRamanath Bhandari, MD

Ophthalmology

Ramanath Bhandari, MD, joined Springfield Clinic’s Eye Institute in 2013. Board certified in ophthalmology, Dr. Bhandari received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. He was appointed chief resident while completing his residency in ophthalmology at the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn. Dr. Bhandari completed fellowship training in vitreoretinal surgery & diseases at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

In addition to his role on the Board of Directors, Dr. Bhandari serves on the Ancillary and Finance Committees for Springfield Clinic. In the past, he has also served as chairman for the Department of Ophthalmology at HSHS St. John’s Hospital. He is a member of numerous professional societies, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Retina Specialists.


Aaron Brewer, MD - Board MemberAaron Brewer, MD

General Surgery

Aaron Brewer, MD, a Decatur, Illinois native joined the Springfield Clinic in 2009. Dr. Brewer received his medical degree and performed his chief residency at Southern Illinois School of Medicine.

Board certified in General Surgery, Dr. Brewer provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment in General Surgery and advanced Laparoscopic Surgery. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons, American Hernia Society, Illinois Chapter American College of Surgeons, Illinois Sate Medical Society and Sangamon County Medical Society.

In addition to his role on the Board of Directors, Dr. Brewer is chairman of the Research Committee and is a member of the Operations and Building Committee.


Melissa Cox, MD - Board MemberMelissa Cox, MD

Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

Dr. Melissa Cox joined Springfield Clinic in 2001, immediately following the completion of her residency in Internal Medicine / Pediatrics at Michigan State University Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She is a graduate of SIU School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois. She practices as a member of the primary care team at Springfield Clinic Lincoln and maintains board certification in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.

She is a member of the American College of Physicians and a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics and is a member of the Illinois State Medical Society and Logan County Medical Society.

Dr. Cox provides leadership to the Lincoln-based team as its department chairperson and serves as a member of Springfield Clinic’s Information Technology committee. She also serves in leaderships roles at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital where she is on staff.


Amit Gupta, MD - Board MemberAmit Gupta, MD

Medical Oncology and Hematology

Dr. Amit Gupta has practiced medicine in the central Illinois region for more than 15 years. He joined Springfield Clinic’s Hematology & Oncology Department in February of 2010 and was instrumental in the development of The Cancer Center at Springfield Clinic. He maintains board certification in Medical Oncology and Hematology.

Dr. Gupta earned his medical degree at Christian Medical College, prior to completing his residency at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield. He attended Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota where he completed fellowship training and earned a Master of Science Degree in Biomedical Sciences Clinical Research. His medical training also included completion of a Hematology & Oncology fellowship program in Cincinnati, Ohio at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

He is a member in the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Medical Association, Illinois State Medical Society and Sangamon County Medical Society.


Rajan Kochar, MD, MPH - Board MemberRajan Kochar, MD, MPH

Gastroenterology

Rajan Kochar, MD, MPH, joined Springfield Clinic’s gastroenterology team in 2013.

Dr. Kochar is board certified in gastroenterology and internal medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Delhi-Maulana Azad Medical College. He first obtained a master’s degree in public health from the University of Massachusetts, then went on to complete his residency at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in internal medicine. He pursued fellowship training in gastroenterology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and in advanced therapeutic endoscopy at Stanford University.

While at Stanford University, Dr. Kochar held a faculty position in the Gastrointestinal (GI) Department. He practiced briefly at the University of Texas Health Science Center before joining Springfield Clinic.

Among his many professional affiliations, Dr. Kochar is a member of the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease and the American Gastroenterological Association.

Dr. Kochar is the director of the Center for Advanced Endoscopy at Springfield Clinic and director of endoscopy at Memorial Medical Center. Prior to his election to the Board of Directors, he served on Springfield Clinic’s Ambulatory Surgery and Compensation Committees.

 


Murty Renduchintala, MD - Board MemberMurty Renduchintala, MD

Hospital Medicine

Murty Renduchintala, MD, a Champaign, Illinois native joined the Springfield Clinic in 2007. Dr. Reduchintala received his medical degree from American University of Caribbean in Cupecoy, St. Maarten and completed his internal medicine residency at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Renduchintala specializes in providing care in the hospital setting. As a Hospitalist, he represents your primary care physician while you are hospitalized and is in regular contact with your primary care physician throughout your hospitalization.

Dr. Renduchintala is a member of the American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, Illinois State Medical Society, Sangamon County Medical Society and Society of Hospital Medicine.

In addition to his role on the Board of Directors, Dr. Renduchintala is chairman of the Information Technology Committee and a member of the Quality Management & Peer Review Committee.


Larry Sapetti, MD - Board MemberLarry Sapetti, MD

Family Medicine

Larry Sapetti, MD is a board-certified Family Medicine doctor with more than 20 years of practice experience. Dr. Sapetti, a native of Kincaid, Illinois, earned his medical degree from University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria and completed his Family Practice residency at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Indiana. He joined the primary care team at Springfield Clinic in December of 2006.

Dr. Sapetti most recently served on Springfield Clinic’s Operations & Building Committee prior to his election to the board.

He is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Academy of Family Physicians, Illinois State Medical Society and Sangamon County Medical Society.


James W. Thiele, MD, FACS, FASCRS - Board MemberJames W. Thiele, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Colon & Rectal Surgery

James Thiele, MD, a Decatur native earned his medical degree and completed his residency at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He completed his fellowship training in Colon & Rectal Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine at St. Louis, MO.He began his career at Springfield Clinic in 2002. He is board certified in General Surgery and Colon & Rectal surgery.

Dr. Thiele is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, American Board of Colon & Rectal Surgery, American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, Illinois Chapter American College of Surgeons, Illinois State Medical Society, Illinois Surgical Society, Sangamon County Medical Society, Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

In addition to service on the Board of Directors, he chairs the Ambulatory Surgery Committee and sits on the Governance Committee.


Brett Wolters, MD - Board MemberBrett Wolters, MD

Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine

A native of Quincy, Ill., Brett Wolters, MD, celebrated his 10-year anniversary with Springfield Clinic in 2017. In addition to the Board of Directors, Dr. Wolters serves on the Operations & Building and Marketing Committees.

Board certified in both orthopedic surgery and sports medicine, Dr. Wolters first obtained a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana before receiving his medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the same institution, achieving the role of chief resident of orthopedic surgery. He then completed a fellowship at the TRIA Orthopedic Center.

Dr. Wolters is a member of The American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine as well as the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.