Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Surgery

Plastic Surgery Residency Program


The strengths of the residency are its faculty, its residents, and its balanced structure.  Core faculty at Northwestern Memorial Hospital include the Chief of the Division - Dr. Dumanian, Program Director - Dr. Jason Ko, Associate Program Director - Dr. John Kim, Dr. Robert Galiano, and Clerkship Director - Dr. Mohammed Alghoul.  At Lurie Childrens, Dr. Arun Gosain is the established Chief of Plastic Surgery, and Dr. Julia Corcoran is the Clerkship Director and Associate Program Director.  Each of the other sites have dedicated core faculty as well to teach and supervise the housestaff.


Our division has been in existence since 1970, and graduates two plastic surgeons a year.  

History of the program and plastic surgery in Chicago

Graduates of the program

Division Chair:

Dr. Gregory Dumanian

Program Director:

Dr. Jason Ko

Associate Program Directors:

Dr. Mohammed Alghoul, Dr. Marco Ellis, Dr. Noopur Gangopadhyay

Housestaff 2017-2018:

Chief Residents:

Dr. Chad Purnell

Hometown: Hunker, PA

Undergraduate: St. Vincent College

Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Research Year: During my research year, I worked in Dr. Arun Gosain's laboratory at Lurie Childrens. My primary projects of interest were looking at data analysis linking a finite element analysis of tissue expansion with histologic and protein expression at the cellular level. I also worked on multiple clinical studies of global cleft care, pediatric microsurgical reconstruction, and head and neck reconstruction.

Clinical Interests: adult and pediatric Craniofacial surgery, general reconstructive surgery, facial reconstruction, facial reanimation 


Dr. Walter Sweeney 

Hometown: Cincinnati

Undergraduate: University of Cincinnati

Medical School: Cleveland Clinic School of Medicine

Research Year: Craniofacial Biology

Career Interests: Aesthetic Surgery


Dr. Steve Lanier

Hometown: Houston, Tx

Undergraduate: University of Texas at Austin

Medical School: SUNY Stonybrook

Research Year: During my research year I worked as a member of the Northwestern Laboratory for Wound Healing, Repair, and Tissue Engineering under the direction of Dr. Rob Galiano and Dr. Tom Mustoe.  My main focus was on developing a decellularized muscle matrix for repair of critical muscle defects in a rat model.  In addition, I led a project for RNA sequencing of S. aureus biofilm in a diabetic mouse model to better understand the pathophysiology of biofilm in diabetic wounds.  The year also afforded an opportunity to work on a number of clinical projects and book chapters with other plastic surgery faculty, including manuscripts on abdominal wall reconstruction with Dr. Dumanian and a randomized controlled trial for control of postoperative pain in breast reconstruction with Dr. Alghoul.  Finally, I collaborated with the Miller Limb Lab to perform upper extremity nerve surgeries for functional electric stimulation (FES) in primates, a novel technique in which a cortical array is utilized to restore function to paralyzed extremities.  

Career Interests: Hand and peripheral nerve, microsurgery, general reconstructive surgery 

Dr. Jenn McGrath

Hometown: Lansdale, PA

Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania

Research Year: I worked with Dr. Gosain in the Craniofacial Biology Laboratory at Lurie Children’s Hospital.  My research year was supported by a Plastic Surgery Foundation Research Fellowship Grant for the investigation of zebrafish as a model organism for the study of craniosynostosis. 

Career Interests: craniofacial surgery, general reconstructive surgery


Dr. Eugene Park

Hometown: Fort Lee, NJ

Undergraduate: Cornell University

Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Research Year: Outcomes research with Operation Smile in Mumbai

Career Interests: Subspecialty undecided but interested in global health

Dr. Elbert Vaca

Hometown: Coral Springs, Florida & Quito, Ecuador

Undergraduate: University of Florida

Medical School: Johns Hopkins University

Research Year: Investigating the biomechanical and transcriptome response of tissue under stretch using a minipig tissue expansion model under the mentorship of Dr. Arun Gosain.

Career Interests: Adult craniofacial

Research Year (PGY-3)

Dr. Lauren Mioton

Hometown: New Orleans
Undergraduate: Purdue University
Medical School: Vanderbilt University
Research Year: peripheral nerve studies with Dr. Gregory Dumanian and Dr. Maria Siemionow
Career Interests: microsurgery, breast reconstruction

Dr. Sergey Turin

Hometown: Donetsk, the Ukraine by way of Skokie, IL

Undergraduate: Northwestern University

Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago

Research Year: tissue expansion modelling with Dr. Arun Gosain 

Career Interests: general reconstruction, microsurgery, body contouring


Dr. Megan Fracol

Hometown: Overland Park, KS

Undergraduate: University of Kansas

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania

Research Year: to be determined

Career Interests: everything!

Dr. Lindsay Janes

Hometown: Bethesda, MD

Undergraduate: Northwestern University

Medical School: University of Maryland

Research Year: Wound healing, tissue engineering

Career Interests: Hand/peripheral nerve


Dr. Ava Chappell

Hometown: Newton, MA

Undergrad: McGill University

Medical School: University of Massachusetts Medical School

Research Year: Dream: Global health project in central or South America with focus on pediatric plastic surgery

Career Interests: Pediatric plastic surgery, vascular anomalies, skin cancer, Global health, Surgical training/education

Dr. Aaron Kearney

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Undergraduate: University of Louisville

Medical School: Case Western Reserve University

Research Year: to be determined

Career Interests: hand surgery, microsurgery


Dr. Jon Massie

Hometown: Detroit, MI

Undergraduate: Michigan State University

Medical School: New York Univeristy

Research Year: to be determined

Career Interests: microsurgery, gender affirmation surgery, general reconstructive surgery

Dr. Julian Klosowiak

Hometown: Glenview, IL

Undergraduate: Northwestern University

Medical School: Northwestern University

Research Year: to be determined

Career Interests: hand surgery, microsurgery, understanding nerve and flap physiology at the molecular level

Resident Research Day Photo 2016