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.  Core faculty at Northwestern Memorial Hospital include Dr. Dumanian, the Chief and Program Director, Dr. John Kim, Associate Program Director, Dr. Robert Galiano, Dr. Mohammed Alghoul, and Dr. Jason Ko.  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.

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 since its inception

Housestaff 2016-2017:

Chief Residents:

Dr. Michael Gart
Hometown: Coral Springs, FL
Undergraduate: University of Florida (B.S., Chemistry, Specialization in Biochemistry; Minor in Mathematics)
Medical School: Brown University
Research Year: As the inaugural research resident in Dr. Gosain's Craniofacial Biology lab, I worked primarily on developing a model of craniosynostosis through targeted insertional mutagenesis of FGFR genes in developing zebrafish.  With this work, I created a line of transgenic fish carrying a fusion protein allowing for novel, localized induction of gene expression with precision heat shock.  I also developed the minipig model that we have used to characterize the mechanical and biochemical mediators of tissue expansion.  This research has resulted in numerous publications and national meeting presentations, as well as NIH funding to continue our investigations with this model.  During the lab year, I also worked on several clinical projects with Dr. Gosain and some of our adjunct faculty.    
I kept my surgical skills honed by teaching rat microsurgery to the PGY2 residents and practicing with my co-resident, Dr. Jordan.  I also worked with several of the primate labs at Northwestern University, performing complex scalp reconstructions for wound-healing complications.  Finally, I worked with the Miller Laboratory of Limb Motor Control, under the direction of Dr. Lee Miller, performing upper extremity peripheral nerve and brachial plexus surgery to study functional electrical stimulation in a primate model.  Their laboratory focuses on using novel cortical arrays to decode cortical signals and bypass the spinal cord to control paralyzed extremities.
Career Interests:  I will be completing a fellowship in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery at OrthoCarolina in Charlotte, NC during the 2017-2018 academic year.  I hope to practice the full breadth of plastic & reconstructive surgery, with an emphasis on complex upper extremity reconstruction and peripheral nerve surgery.
 
Dr. Sumanas Jordan
Hometown: Fairfax, VA
Undergraduate: University of Pittsburgh, bioengineering
Medical School: Emory University (MD)/ Georgia Institute of Technology (PhD)
Research Year: Under Drs. Galiano and Mustoe, I worked on strategies for skeletal muscle tissue engineering with a focus on decellularization techniques and implantable bioreactors.  We established a collaboration with Dr. Ramille Shah to develop ECM-based hydrogels for 3D-printing as well as to conduct preliminary in vivo studies of particle-based 3D-printed constructs for bone and nerve regeneration.
Career Interests: General reconstruction in an academic setting; basic engineering lab studying bioactive materials

PGY-5

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

PGY-4

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
 

Research Year (PGY-3)

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-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
 

PGY-2

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
 

PGY-1

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

Resident Research Day Photo 2016