Surgical Care

Surgical Care at Stormont Vail Health

As the only regional referral center for surgical services in Northeast Kansas, we support patients’ surgical needs throughout the state. We are regional leaders in diagnostic and surgical treatments for many conditions throughout the body.

Our dedicated surgeons and multidisciplinary care team ensure you receive the best care possible before, during, and after your procedure. Our surgeons’ dedication, experience, and knowledge focus on helping patients find renewed hope and achieve a higher quality of life.

Surgical Services

Surgical services vary by location.

Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery

Available at the Topeka Campus.

The Cotton-O’Neil Heart Center is a regional cardiothoracic and vascular surgical services leader. Our founding partners performed Northeast Kansas’s first open-heart surgery at Stormont Vail Topeka Campus Hospital in 1975.

Today, our surgeons continue to lead the field by utilizing innovative, minimally invasive cardiothoracic and vascular surgical procedures. Our fellowship-trained, board-certified specialists have over 50 years of combined surgical experience and practice the latest trends in cardiothoracic and vascular surgery, including:

  • Atrial fibrillation ablation
  • Cardiovascular surgery
  • Carotid artery surgery
  • Endovascular repair of thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms
  • Lung and esophagus procedures
  • Off-pump bypass surgery
  • Pediatric patent ductus arteriosus
  • Peripheral vascular surgery
  • Thoracoscopic Maze surgery
  • Transmyocardial laser revascularization

General Surgery

Available at the Topeka Campus and Flint Hills Campus.

Specialty-trained and experienced surgeons use innovative techniques to perform complex and common operations, such as:

  • General surgery
  • Laparoscopy procedures
  • Minor plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • Pediatric surgery
  • Vascular surgery
  • Vein removal (ablation)

Neurological Surgery

Manhattan Campus neurosurgical services provided by regional providers.

The Cotton O’Neil Neurosurgery and Spine Center provides leading neurology care for people with complex brain, spine, and nervous system conditions. Our surgeons trained at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, a leading academic medical center, research institution, and patient care provider.

Our neurology and neurosurgery specialists utilize cutting-edge equipment and technology to offer comprehensive neurological treatment for various brain and spine disorders, including:

  • Aneurysm clipping
  • Brain tumors
  • Stereotactic procedures
  • Microvascular decompression
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Traumatic injuries

Ophthalmologic Surgery

Available at the Topeka Campus and Flint Hills Campus.

Eye care is an essential part of overall health. Our interdisciplinary approach involves close collaboration between many specialist physicians, ensuring comprehensive, quality care. We offer everything from regular eye exams to complex eye surgery at the Cotton O’Neil Ophthalmology clinic in Topeka.

Our experts use the latest equipment and practices to treat complex conditions as well as common eye problems, including:

  • Allergy-related eye inflammation
  • Cataracts
  • Diabetic-related eye diseases
  • Dry Eyes
  • Glaucoma
  • Eye injuries
  • Macular Degeneration


Orthopedic Surgery

Available at the Topeka Campus and Flint Hills Campus.

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, musculoskeletal impairments affect 1 in 7 Americans. Arthritis, congenital deformities, sports-related injuries, or normal joint wear and tear can cause musculoskeletal injuries.

Cotton O’Neil Orthopedics and Sports Medicine experts treat injuries to the muscles, nerves, tendons, joints, cartilage, and spinal discs caused by overuse, trauma, or acute or chronic conditions.

Our orthopedic surgical services include:

  • Arthroscopic surgery for shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle
  • On-site athletic injury evaluation and screenings
  • Carpal tunnel treatment
  • Fracture, cartilage, and congenital anomaly repair
  • Functional movement screening and correction
  • Hip preservation
  • Injury prevention, care and rehabilitation
  • Joint replacement for shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle
  • On-site diagnostic imaging, radiology services, digital X-ray, MRI and ultrasound
  • Minimally-invasive spine surgery
  • Orthopedic trauma surgery
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Viscosupplementation, platelet-rich plasma, prolotherapy, and stem cell therapy injections



Available at the Topeka Campus.

Stormont Vail is Northeast Kansas’s only Level II trauma center designated by the American College of Surgeons. Our trauma surgeons provide a full range of around-the-clock surgical procedures with a fully equipped team of on-site surgical and healthcare professionals.

To ensure the highest level of care for critically injured patients in the Topeka area, Stormont Vail Topeka Campus partners with city and county emergency services to offer TraumaCare, a program to provide rapid response services to injured patients.

Your Surgical Services Experts

Kelly Stumpff, M.D.

Specialty: Orthopedic Surgery
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Racquel Szabo, PA-C

Specialty: General Surgery
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Peter Tutuska, M.D.

Specialty: Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
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Jorge Uribe- Aranguren, M.D.

Specialty: General Surgery
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Sara Vodde, PA-C

Specialty: Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
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Elena Watt, PA-C

Specialty: Orthopedic Surgery
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Casey Whale, M.D.

Specialty: Orthopedic Surgery
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B. Jakub Wilhelm, M.D., PhD

Specialty: Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
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Matthew Williams, PA-C

Specialty: Orthopedic Surgery
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Olivia Williams-Carver, APRN

Specialty: General Surgery
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Matthew Wills, M.D.

Specialty: Neurosurgery
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Brian Wilson, M.D.

Specialty: Orthopedic Surgery
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Rachel Zamarripa, APRN

Specialty: Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
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Surgical Services Locations

ExcellENT Surgery

920 S.W. Lane
Topeka, KS, 66606-1539
(785) 270-4426
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Stormont Vail Health Manhattan Campus

1325 Research Park Drive
Manhattan, KS, 66502
(785) 537-2651
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Stormont Vail Hospital

1500 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS, 66604
(785) 354-6000
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Cotton O’Neil Kanza Park

2660 SW 3rd Street
Topeka, KS, 66606
(785) 354-9591
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Cotton O’Neil Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery

830 SW Mulvane Street
Topeka, KS, 66606
(785) 270-8625
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