About Us

Christie Clinic physicians in this department treat diseases or injuries that require general surgery, and they care for the surgical needs of both children and adults. In keeping with the latest applications of medical technology, the surgeons have additional training in the use of laser and laparoscopic surgery. Patients are generally referred to a Christie Clinic surgeon by their primary care physicians or other specialists for many potential problems, including breast disease, hernias, and gallbladder inflammation.

Douglas J. Jones, MD, FACS, Surgeon

Residency: General Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH

Medical School: Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA

Education: BS from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VA Tech), Blacksburg, VA

Certification: Board Certified in General Surgery

Professional Organizations: Associate of the American College of Surgery

Hospital Affiliation: Carle Foundation Hospital and OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary Medical Center

The mental stress of having an operation is sometimes worse for the patient than the operation itself. As their provider, my role is to reassure them by listening and validating their concerns. My ability to place myself in their situation makes it easier to communicate with them and alleviate some of their stresses.

Rafael Ruggieri, MD, FACS, Surgeon

Residency: Michigan State University

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign

Education: BA with Highest Honors, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL

Certification: Board Certified in General Surgery

Hospital Affiliation: Carle Foundation Hospital and OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary Medical Center

At Christie Clinic one of our mottos is “I Listen. I Care.” I take this to heart, and intentionally take time to listen to my patients, answer their questions, and demonstrate that I really do care. I believe that this is of extremely high value in providing the best care for my patients.

Jessica Sorensen, PA-C

Education: Illinois State University and Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at A.T. Still University, from the Arizona School of Health Sciences.