Plastic Surgery Residency


UIHHSS – Plastic Surgery:

  • Mimis Cohen, M.D., Professor & Chief, Program Director;
  • Pravin Patel M.D., Associate Professor, Director of Craniofacial Services;
  • Rudolph Dolezal, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor;
  • David Morris, M.D., Assistant Professor
  • Marco Ellis, M.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor
  • Neil Fine, M.D., Adjunct Associate Professor
  • Clark Schierle, M.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor

Craniofacial Center:

  • Mimis Cohen, M.D., Professor of Surgery, Director of Center
  • David Reisberg, D.D.S., Professor, Director of Cranio-Maxillofacial Clinic
  • Pravin Patel, M.D., Associate Professor
  • David Morris, M.D., Assistant Professor
  • Maya Shahani, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor & Director of Pediatric Services
  • Ellyn McNamara, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech Pathology
  • Robert Brown, BCO, Prosthetic Occularist
  • Janine Rosenberg, Ph.D, Psychologist
  • Rosemary Seelaus, MAMS, Clinical Assistant Professor, Senior Anaplastologist
  • Todd Kubon, Anaplastologist
  • Gabrielle Cager, MA, Audiologist
  • Magdalene Boorazanes, AuD- Audiologist
  • Lin Ping Zhao, PhD, Director of Research
  • Terry Kaisling, RN, MBA

Mt. Sinai Medical Center :

  • Mimis Cohen, M.D., Chief
  • David Morris, M.D., Attending
  • M. Vincent Makhlouf, M.D., Attending
  • Orhan Kayamakcalan, M.D., Chief, Hand Surgery
  • Pravin K. Patel, M.D., Attending
  • Marco Ellis, M.D., Attending

Christ Hospital and Medical Center:

  • Rajendra R. Shah, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Plastic Surgery Site Coordinator;
  • Ramasamy Kalimuthu, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Chair, Division of Plastic Surgery;
  • David Shifrin, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor.

University of Chicago Hospital:

  • Julie Park, M.D., Chairman, Site Coordinator,
  • David Song, MD, Professor and Chief Section Plastic Surgery
  • Lawrence Gottlieb, MD, Professor, Chief of Burn Unit


The teaching staff is composed of full-time, part-time staff, as well as volunteer attendings with private practices. The position of the chief of the division is a full-time, academic and clinical assignment for both UICMC and Mt. Sinai Medical Center.


Out Patient Clinics:

  • General Plastic Surgery Clinic – UIHHSS, three times a week. Average census: Per Clinic, 150 patients
  • Sinai Plastic Surgery Clinic – once a week. Average census: Per Clinic, 40 patients

Special Clinics:

  • Cosmetic Clinic UICMC:  20 patients per week
  • Craniofacial Center (CFC) at UIH, a multi-disciplinary referral clinic with 5,000 active patients, over 4,500 clinic visits yearly, and over 500 new patients a year.
  • Burn Clinic at University of Chicago Medical Center, twice a week. Average census: 60 patients each month.
  • Hand Clinic at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, a multidisciplinary clinic, three times a week. Average census: 80 patients each week


  • During their rotation at Christ Hospital and Medical Center, residents spend a significant amount of time at the office of the attendings participating in the care of patients undergoing various cosmetic and reconstructive procedures.
  • The residents have full responsibility for preoperative evaluations, non-operative and postoperative care. Surgical planning is formulated in consultation with the attending plastic surgeon assigned to the clinic each day.
  • At the Craniofacial Center, principal care is provided by the attending plastic surgeon. One resident accompanies the attending, examines all patients and participates in the discussion with the other members of the team, getting the exposure for total care of patients with craniofacial anomalies.
  • At the Cosmetic Center, principal care is provided by the attending plastic surgeon. Residents accompany the attendings, examine patients and participate in the discussion during preoperative consultations, selection and planning of procedures. They also participate in the surgical procedure and have the opportunity to evaluate postoperative results.


In all institutions, residents alternate on the call schedule and are responsible for providing primary care. Their work is supervised by the attending staff by telephone discussion or in person, as needed. A large number of patients are seen in the E.R. each week, at all institutions.


A strong effort is made to integrate the basic sciences into the training program. A main component of this is the anatomy dissection lab at the University of Illinois. We cooperate closely with several scientists on the University of Illinois at Chicago faculty to develop and complete various projects.