Shoichiro A. Tanaka, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Surgery


Specialty Areas

  • Reconstructive plastic surgery
  • Breast reconstruction
  • Extremity reconstruction
  • Abdominal wall reconstruction
  • Chest wall reconstruction
  • Hand surgery
  • Microsurgery
  • Peripheral nerve surgery
  • Comprehensive skin cancer care
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Aesthetic surgery

Common Procedures

  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Cubital Tunnel Release
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Hand and Wrist Trauma Reconstruction
  • Tendon Transfers
  • Nerve Repair
  • Breast Reconstruction – Implant or Tissue-based
  • Breast Reduction
  • Skin Cancer Removal and Reconstruction
  • Complex Wound Reconstruction with free tissue transfer
  • Head and Neck Cancer Extirpation and Reconstruction
  • Wound care

Common Diagnoses Treated

  • Breast cancer
  • Macromastia
  • Gynecomastia
  • Skin Cancer
  • Abdominal Wall Hernia
  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa
  • Pressure Ulcers
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Upper and Lower Extremity Trauma
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Complex Wounds

Board Certifications

General Surgery


MD: 2012, Texas A&M University Health Science Center School of Medicine, Bryan, TX

MPH: 2008, International Health and Development, Tropical Medicine – Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, LA


2012-2017, General Surgery Residency, Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, LA


2017-2021, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Summa Health System, Acron, OH

2020-2021, Hand and Microsurgery, Christine M. Kleinert Institute, Louisville, KY

Professional Memberships

American Medical Association

American Society of Plastic Surgeons

American Society for Surgery of the Hand


Areas of Research Interest

Clinical treatment of skin cancer, plastic surgery in rural settings, patient reported outcome studies in hand and upper extremity surgery, assessing accuracy and efficacy of joint injections of the hand, hand injuries related to video game playing



Hospital Affiliations

Alton Memorial Hospital

Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Barnes Jewish St. Peters Hospital

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital

Christian Hospital

Patients Seen At

Alton Memorial Hospital

2 Memorial Drive
Medical Office Building A, Suite 101
Alton, IL 62002


To request an appointment with Dr. Tanaka, please call 314-362-8200.