Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 2013
William Soper ’68, M.D. , has attained a lifelong goal to become a top surgeon and leader in the medical field. A board-certified general surgeon at Advanced Surgical Associates, S.C. in Arlington Heights, IL, he has built his career around general surgery and transplantation.
William has extensive experience in the practice of general surgery. He has been practicing in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago since 1994. Previously, he was associate director of transplantation at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for 12 years.
William has held several leadership positions at area hospitals, including chief of general surgery at Northwest Community Hospital. He also has held leadership roles with the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, the American Cancer Society Reach to Recovery Program and the Illinois Transplant Society. William has published numerous articles in national journals in the areas of transplantation and general surgery and is a member of many national surgical societies.
A biology major at North Central and a 1967 honoree in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, he went on to receive his medical degree from University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago and completed his surgical residency at the University of Illinois Medical Center.
William also completed a two-year fellowship in transplant surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Following his training, he served as director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at the University of Illinois Medical Group. He received the College’s Young Alumnus Award in 1984. While a student, he competed on the Cardinal swim team and still participates in masters swimming competitions.
William and his wife Carolyn live in Northbrook, IL and are the parents of three adult children, including Brian ’04.