Welcome to the University of Chicago Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery website.
These pages provide information on the wide variety of surgical procedures performed by our team of highly trained surgeons, covering the entire spectrum of plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery from breast reconstruction to craniomaxillofacial and microsurgery.
Our goal is to provide you with the finest healthcare available in a compassionate and accessible environment. We take pride in being at the forefront of medicine and putting our patients' needs first. Our residents are selected from amongst the top ranked candidates from the U.S. and around the world, while our research facilities continually strive to advance the field through research and innovation.
We welcome your questions and comments, and look forward to providing your care.
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The Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery provides a wide range of aesthetic and reconstructive surgeries. The goal of reconstructive surgery is to restore form and function. This requires a carefully formed treatment plan utilizing a host of surgical techniques appropriate to the patient and the setting. At the University of Chicago, the Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery provides reconstructive surgical services in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of deformities arising from birth defects, abnormal development, trauma or surgery.
In recent years, there have been significant advances in laser technology that improve the skin's quality, function and appearance. We utilize a variety of "smart" lasers to treat common skin conditions with minimal scarring. These include vascular birthmarks, spider veins, hemangiornas, freckles, fine wrinkling of the skin and tattoos. We are at the forefront in scar treatment research. With six wound-healing laboratories, physicians are able to investigate new ways to treat hypertrophic and keloid scars as well as minimize or reverse the effects of burn scars. Our advances in tissue engineering and microsurgical tissue transfer have brought us to the leading edge of reconstructive surgery.
Some of the reconstructive surgeries we perform include:
The Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is nationally recognized for both clinical and basic research and has major external and federal funding for its research program including awards from the National Institutes of Health and American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons. The section conducts a broad range of both basic and clinical research, including: electrical trauma, tissue transplantation and regeneration, craniofacial bone biology and healing, acellular regenerative dermal matrix for breast reconstruction as well as wound healing and bioengineering.
The Section of Plastic Surgery conducts an accredited six-year integrated Plastic & Reconstructive Residency program based at The University of Chicago Medicine. Two residents are accepted each year from the NRMP match, among a pool of talented fourth-year medical students and matriculate as PGY-1 residents into the training program.