There are hundreds of plastic surgeons in Chicago, but I’m proud to be one of only a few who works as a medical school professor in addition to my private practice. By dividing my time between academia and my practice, I’m able to stay abreast of new advancements and technologies, providing me with the unique opportunity to apply those developments in my work with patients.
I’ve been a professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Northwestern University for more than 20 years. Throughout this time, I’ve seen lots of changes. New medicines and devices have been developed and approved by the FDA, trends have come and gone, and previously popular procedures have fallen out of favor only to be replaced by newer, more effective ones. As a result, my patients can be confident that they’re receiving the perfect balance of long-term experience and leading-edge service. The same can be said of other physicians who also hold academic positions, and that’s why I encourage plastic surgery patients around the country to consider such professionals for their procedures.
And the dual experiences of physicians who also work as professors don’t just benefit patients. Medical students can gain insights and new perspectives from instructors who are also in practice. This knowledge can prove invaluable as medical students continue to progress through their educations and eventually interact directly with patients.
Though not every person seeking plastic surgery will have access to a surgeon who doubles as a professor, I recommend patients seek the services of one of these individuals for more complex procedures, in particular, such as reconstruction. They may have access to newer technologies or the knowledge of peers to help ensure postoperative results exceed expectations.