Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Surgery

Loyal Davis Surgical Interest Group


Loyal Davis (MD, FACS) was a renowned physician in the field of neurological surgery who embodied the ideals of medical education and viewed the training of young surgeons as one of his greatest satisfactions. Dr. Davis graduated from Northwestern University in 1918, worked with Harvey Cushing (the founder of the field of neurosurgery), and was later appointed the Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Northwestern University. He was also the long-time editor of Surgery Gynecology and Obstetrics, which later became known as the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

In order to continue Loyal Davis’s desire to educate the next generation of surgeons to the highest degree, the Loyal Davis Surgical Interest Group (LDSIG) was started to promote and develop student interest in the field of surgery at the earliest possible time.  LDSIG acts as a student resource; hosting guest speakers, lunch talks, surgical skills workshops, as well as facilitating access to research and unique shadowing opportunities.  The ultimate goal being to bridge the gap between life as a medical student and the experiences one has in the field of surgery as a practicing clinician.  

How to Get Involved

The LDSIG board members open all of their skills events and lunch talks to students in Feinberg and the PA program, keep an eye out for emails about upcoming events! LDSIG will be switching over boards at the end of the year. If you are interested in being part of leadership, contact the board members to discuss. Applications will go out sometime in November or December. If a student is interested in an OR Shadowing experience, please contact Anna Reczynski ( More information on OR and Resident Night Float Shadowing can be found on the Clinical Observation section.