RMC Welcomes Renowned Dialysis Access Surgeon


The Regional Medical Center (RMC) is pleased to announce the arrival of Karl A. Illig, M.D., an acclaimed surgeon specializing in complex dialysis access and thoracic outlet syndrome.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Illig,” said RMC President and CEO Charles Williams, MBA, FACHE. “He is recognized worldwide as a leader in his areas of focus, and he has a passion for improving treatments and maximizing outcomes,” said Williams.

Illig joins RMC’s Dialysis Access Institute from the University of South Florida (USF Health), where he was chief of vascular surgery and associate chair for faculty development. A graduate of Harvard College and Cornell Medical School, Illig completed his residency, research fellowship and vascular surgery fellowship at the University of Rochester, where he later served as chief of vascular surgery.

A senior board examiner (and former board member) for the Vascular Surgery Board/American Board of Surgery, Illig has performed more than 2,500 dialysis access procedures and is regarded as a preeminent specialist in the treatment of thoracic outlet syndrome, a frequently misdiagnosed condition that causes pain or numbness due to compression of the nerves at the base of the neck. Illig was the committee chairman and lead author of the Society for Vascular Surgery’s Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Reporting Standards, served as the primary editor for the only comprehensive textbook on the subject and has authored more than 200 book chapters and peer-reviewed articles.

The Dialysis Access Institute is internationally renowned for the treatment of end-stage renal disease patients whose access to the bloodstream needs to be established or has been compromised. Each year, its surgical team completes more than 3,700 dialysis access procedures, most of which are performed on an outpatient basis.

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About the Regional Medical Center

Owned by Orangeburg and Calhoun counties, the Regional Medical Center (RMC) health system includes a 286-bed, acute-care hospital certified by The Joint Commission and 24 primary care and specialty care practices. RMC has advanced certification as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and is designated as a Level III Trauma Center by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

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