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Bulent Cetindag
Patient Rating
4.8 / 5 (Based on 123 Reviews)

Bulent Cetindag, MD, FACS

Specialties: Surgery and General and Minimally Invasive Surgery

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with Bulent Cetindag, please call 319-398-6747

Areas of Interest

Complex abdominal wall defects, enterocutaneous fistula, complications related to previous gastrointestinal surgeries and surgical critical care.

Year began practicing: 2009

Year joined staff: 2015

Year began practicing in specialty: 2009

Education and Training


Ege University School of Medicine Izmir, Turkey, Doctor of Medicine


Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL, General Surgery


Medical College of Wisconsin, Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care, Surgical Critical Care Fellowship

Teaching or Professional Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Division of General Surgery
    Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
    Springfield, IL
  • Assistant Professor, Division of General Surgery, Trauma and Surgical Critical Care
    Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
    Springfield, IL
  • Instructor of Clinical Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
    Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
    Springfield, IL

Professional Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons (ACS) - Associate Member
  • American Hernia Society
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)

Honors, Awards, etc.

  • 2018 Nominee for Patient Advocate Award
  • 2017 Nominee for Mentor/Educator Award
  • 2015 Recognition of Excellence Award for Hernia Care – Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, 2008


  • Fellowship trained in Surgical Critical Care
  • Board certified in General and Surgical Critical Care Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery, General Certificate
  • American Board of Surgery, Surgical Critical Certificate

Personal Interests

Dr. Cetindag enjoys biking and watersports. He has taken two humanitarian trips to Ghana in 2013 and 2014 where he performed surgeries and taught medical personnel.

Philosophy Of Care

My focus is on patient centered care and good communication with both the patient and the extended care team.

Additional Information

Since joining the Mercy General Surgery Team in 2015, Dr. Cetindag has performed groundbreaking hernia procedures for which were first in the area and in some cases, the first in the state of Iowa.  Dr. Cetindag  performed the first Robotic Preperitoneal Ventral Hernia Repair as well as the first Transversus Abdominal Release for Complex Abdominal Wall Defects in Cedar Rapids.  He also performed the first Robotic Retrorectus Hernia Repair in the state of Iowa.

Mercy’s General Surgery Clinic is a collaborative initiative between Mercy Medical Center and UI Health Care, and comprised of University of Iowa surgical faculty members.


Patient Reviews

October 10, 2021
Very good
October 06, 2021
Dr. C is warm, informative and thorough
September 01, 2021
Doctor Cetindag displayed concern for my well being, answered all my questions and worked within my schedule for my surgery and follow up appointments. I have complete confidence in my care with this surgeon.
April 26, 2021
dr Centindag is an amazing surgeon and human. His manner and ability to explain the situation without undo alarm, is phenomenal.
April 23, 2021
My questions and concerns were addressed
April 21, 2021
great all aspects of service
April 14, 2021
This was my first real surgery. Dr. Cetindag knew I was anxious. He was very awesome.
March 10, 2021
mercy touch all the way
February 26, 2021
I was very pleased and greatly appreciated Dr. Cetindag's bedside manners and sense of humor.
December 16, 2020
listen with a caring personality. I would recommend him
November 18, 2020
excellent as usual
October 21, 2020
i will reccommend him to those i know who are in need of the services provided
June 24, 2020
The doctor was thorough and easy to talk to. He was genuinely concerned about my recovery.
March 24, 2020
The doctor did a great job of explaining the conditions and the options for treatment. Excellent work.
March 19, 2020
very professional, told me the upside and possible problems that might occur
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