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What Makes our Plastic Surgery Program Unique

The UIC Plastic Surgical Training Program is mulitdimensional; the faculty in their day-to-day practices, interests, and research place importance on broadening the scope of the resident training experience. The following experiences are certainly not requirements of any residency training program, but they are ones that we have developed, integrated into our training program, and ones whereby we feel help to make our program unique.

Surgical Simulation and Video Games for Surgeons

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For over two decades we have been at the fore-front of imaging to help surgeons visualize the complex anatomy and reconstructive options in three-dimensions.  As a development team industry we developed many of the components of software that are available for surgical imaging today.


Our latest efforts have been developing an imaging platform in virtual reality and in augmented reality.  Working with  UIC Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department, the Division of Plastic Surgery have developed a platform that gives the resident in training the ability to interact with the patient's anatomy.  We urge you view the videos.

Craniofacial Virtual Surgery Simulation Laboratory

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Surgical Innovation and Training Lab  [SITL]


Plastic Surgery 3D Printing Lab

The Division of Plastic Surgery’s Craniofacial Center houses a 3D printing laboratory which dovetails with our Virtual Surgical Planning (VSP) Center and its technology. Residents participate in research projects based on 3D printing and also use products from this lab directly in clinical work (for example 3D printed oral splints and surgical guides). This lab has been utilized for unique projects like printing custom N95 masks. Residents are encouraged to utilize this facility in their efforts to bring their own creative ideas to fruition.


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3D Print of CTA

Goldenhar Syndrome

for Vascularized Fibula Transfer

Frontal Bone Contouring for Facial Feminization

At the Movies


We have the highest per capita Jedi Knight density of any Plastic Surgery Program

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At the Movies

Art of Sculpting for Plastic Surgeons

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It is unknown whether being able to sculpt has anything to do with being a good plastic surgeon. That said, there’s no doubt that to (re)construct a form means first being able to envision and understand it, in formal terms -- mass, placement in space, and in some cases symmetry. We provide experiences for our residents to put this concept into practice in an artistic context.


Our Division’s two anaplastologists, Rosemary Seelaus and Eduardo Arias with Dr. Morris have taught the hands-on course “Facial Sculpting” for the past two years at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting as well as for the International Association of Anaplastology. Our residents are guided through facial sculpting and ear carving exercises in this same format.


(Images demonstrate a 3D printed face with the nose subtracted that is used as a base on which clay is used in a facial sculpting exercise.)

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