Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Surgery

Plastic Surgery Residency Program

Strengths:

The strengths of the residency are its faculty, its residents, and its balanced structure.

History:

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, Dr. Julia Corcoran

Housestaff 2018-2019

Chief Residents

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

PGY-5

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

PGY-4

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

Research Year (PGY-3)

Dr. Megan Fracol

Hometown: Overland Park, KS

Undergraduate: University of Kansas

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania

Research Year: immune response to breast implant devices

Career Interests: everything!

Dr. Lindsay Janes

Hometown: Bethesda, MD

Undergraduate: Northwestern University

Medical School: University of Maryland

Research Year: Wound healing, tissue engineering, pediatric craniofacial

Career Interests: Hand/peripheral nerve

PGY-3

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

PGY-2

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

PGY-1

Dr. Sofia Aronson

Hometown: St Louis, MI / Riga, Latvia

Undergraduate: Brown University

Medical School: Brown University

Research Year: to be determined

Career Interests: to be determined

Dr. Jennifer Bai

Hometown: Cockeysville, MD

Undergraduate: Dartmouth College

Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine

Research Year: to be determined

Career Interests: to be determined

 

 

Resident Research Day Photo 2016