Pravin K. Patel, MD
Pravin K. Patel, MDChief, Division of Plastic, Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgery


Our mission is to provide the highest possible state-of-the-art compassionate and respectful care to all our patients and to maintain the appropriate intellectual environment to foster and promote education and research.

Welcome to the Division of Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery at the University of Illinois Hospital. Our division was established almost 70 years ago with the mission to provide the highest possible and cutting edge care to our patients, the best education to our residents and advance our specialty through clinical and laboratory research.

Our multidisciplinary teams of experts treat children and adults in all areas of reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery.  At the University of Illinois Hospital Craniofacial Center, infants, adolescents and adults presenting with various birth defects and other defects of the head and neck are treated by a multidisciplinary team of specialists.

Over 200 residents and international fellows received training through our division over the years and are currently practicing in the United States and around the world.  These surgeons benefited from the vast clinical training at University of Illinois at Chicago, mastered techniques and innovations developed by faculty members and were able to have successful careers in academic institutions or in private practice.

The large number of clinical and research papers, book chapters and books published by our staff members as well as  the active participation in regional, national and international meetings by members of the faculty serves as a testimony of our work toward excellence in the ever evolving specialty of plastic surgery.

Our teams of experts have extensive training and experience in all areas of adult and pediatric plastic surgery including:

  • Cosmetic surgery for the face, body and extremities
  • Post weight loss body contouring procedures
  • Congenital anomalies from cleft lip/palate to complex craniofacial anomalies
  • Pediatric plastic surgery
  • Correction of jaw deformities
  • Reconstruction of complex defects
  • Breast surgery and reconstruction
  • Skin cancer and reconstruction
  • Microsurgery/ hand surgery
  • Maxillofacial Trauma