Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Residency | Loyola Medicine

Loyola University Medical Center - Integrated Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Residency Program

Program Overview


The Division of Plastic Surgery at Loyola University Medical Center is committed to high quality
education in an environment that considers the multiple dimensions of a first-rate educational
experience: academic, clinical, ethical, moral, and personal growth.


Loyola has been training surgeons to excel in plastic surgery since Orion Stuteville, D.D.S., M.D created the Independent Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery program in 1971. Dr. Juan Angelats, one of the first graduates from the independent plastic and reconstructive surgery residency at Loyola, remained on as faculty for 40 years and contributed immensely to the education and mentorship of his trainees throughout their careers. Together with Dr. Raymond Warphea, who became Chairman of the Division in 1975 until his retirement in 2000, Dr. Angelats and Dr. Sidney Blair created a combined hand service between the Division of Plastic Surgery and the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. At the time, the team was one of the only institutions in Chicago to perform upper extremity replantations, and the combined hand service still exists today. Dr. Vandevender joined the faculty in 1995, followed by Dr. Cimino in 2003.  Dr. Cimino served as the Program Director and Division Chief until 2020, until moving to private practice.  

Dr. Vandevender is our Interim Division Chief, with Dr. Sonya Agnew, who joined the faculty in 2015, serving as the Interim Program Director.  Dr. Joseph Ogrodnik joined in 2018 and and Dr. Eleanor Bucholz in 2019, rounding out our excellent team.  We are currently recruiting a Division Chief and are excited for the future of our Division. 

The program has excelled in maxillofacial trauma, burn reconstruction, autogenous and alloplastic breast reconstruction, truncal reconstruction, cosmetic surgery and upper extremity surgery. With the introduction of our Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency in 2015, our independent residency was phased out in July of 2020. The Department and its affiliates offer an exceptional training program in all areas of plastic and reconstructive surgery and extraordinary opportunities for clinical research.

Our major clinical focus includes oncoplastic reconstruction, maxillofacial trauma, hand and extremity trauma, limb salvage, and body contouring and facial cosmetic surgery. Our residents also rotate at the Shriners Hospital and Lurie Children’s hospital.  

Events over the last decade have changed the specialty of plastic surgery and these changes have created the need for new approaches to maintaining the competence of practicing plastic surgeons and educating future plastic surgeons. Responsive to these changes, the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is continuously making modifications and expansions in the curriculum.

Major areas of teaching of include:

  • Increasing knowledge that fosters ever greater sub-specialization within craniofacial, breast,
    cosmetic, post-oncologic and post-traumatic reconstructive, hand and upper extremity surgeries
  • New technology (advanced microvascular and lymphatic reconstruction, state of the art laser
  • Focus on strategies for quality and outcomes improvement and surgical risk reduction 

Areas of investigation and studies currently underway within the Division of Plastic Surgery include:

  • Oncoplastic breast outcomes
  • Socioeconomic disparities in limb salvage and maxillofacial trauma
  • Implementation of EMR protocols to increase compliance with perioperative QI measures
  • Perioperative medication safety in oculoplastic surgery
  • Corneal neurotization
  • Diagnostic imaging of pressure sores

Thank you for your interest in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Loyola. At this time we are not accepting Medical Student Research Rotations. 


Integrated & Plastic &  Reconstructive Surgery Residency


Maelee Yang, MD                                                                               Peter Laub, MD

6th Year Chief Resident                                                                      5th Year Resident                                                                                              



 Brady Coburn, MD                                                                             Adam Gould, MD  

4th Year Resident                                                                                  3rd Year Resident



Bianca DiChiaro, MD                                                                           Jessica Luo, MD

2nd Year Resident                                                                                1st Year Resident

Application Process

Individuals interested in applying to the Integrated Plastic & Reconstructive Residency Program must apply through ERAS, and must be registered with the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Your submission must include your ERAS application, 3 letters of recommendation (from the faculty of your choice), Dean's Letter, personal statement, medical school transcript, and USMLE scores. Deadline for applications is October 1, 2021. We will conduct two interview dates in January 2022 for residency training beginning June 22, 2022

A decision to schedule a interview will be based upon a screening of all applications received through the ERAS system.  Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic all interview selections for the academic year beginning in 2021 will be held virtually, unless otherwise noted.

Should you have any remaining questions or concerns regarding our program, please feel free to contact Jessica Castaneda, Residency Coordinator, by email at

Integrated Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Residency Faculty

Sonya Agnew, MD

Sonya Agnew, MD
Asst. Professor Surgery
Interim Residency
Program Director

Darl Vandevender, MD

Darl Vandevender, MD
Assoc. Professor Surgery
Interim Division Chief of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Joseph Ogrodnik, MD

Joseph Ogrodnik, MD
Asst. Professor Surgery

Eleanor Bucholz, MD

Eleanor Bucholz, MD
Asst. Professor Surgery


For a list of your benefit options, please refer to the Housestaff Benefits booklet

You will have 30 days from your hire date to elect benefits. Please note that you are responsible for making your benefits election in Workday in order to ensure coverage during your training period at Loyola. All trainees are entitled to the benefits outlined in the 2021-2022 Benefits Addendum which is part of the GME Agreement.

You may add, change or drop coverage ONLY during the annual open enrollment period, which is held once a year in the fall unless you have a loss of coverage or a change in family status. Changes in family status include marriage, divorce, birth, adoption or death. A change in coverage status due to loss of coverage or a change in family status must be made within 30 days of the event through the Human Resources office. 


All Loyola employees are automatically enrolled in a retirement plan. If you would like to opt-out of this 2% payroll deduction, you must contact Fidelity Investments within 30 days of your start date.


2021-2022 stipend levels:

PGY 1    $61,658

PGY2     $65,643

PGY3     $67,700

PGY4     $71,128

PGY5     $74,448

PGY6     $ 77,458



Jessica Castaneda
Residency Education Coordinator
Department of Surgery