PLASTIC SURGERY EDUCATION
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.
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
Individuals interested in applying to the Integrated Plastic & Reconstructive Residency Program must apply through ERAS, http://www.aamc.org/ 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 Jessica.Castaneda@lumc.edu
Integrated Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Residency Faculty
Sonya Agnew, MD
Asst. Professor Surgery
Darl Vandevender, MD
Assoc. Professor Surgery
Interim Division Chief of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
2021-2022 stipend levels:
Plastic & Reconstructive Team
Residency Education Coordinator
Department of Surgery