Russell R. Reid, MD, PhD

UChicago Faculty Physicians

Russell R. Reid, MD, PhD

Bernard G. Sarnat M.D. Professor of Surgery

I practice plastic surgery. So plastic and reconstructive surgery with a specialty focus on pediatric plastic surgery and craniofacial surgery. My mother was a nurse and through her, I got exposed to patient care. And just being inspired through science and discovery.

My main interest here, it's focused on pediatric plastic surgery so that has to do with plastic surgery related to congenital disorders. So craniofacial disorders such as cleft lip and palate, skull deformities, any birth defects involving the head and neck, that's really my area of focus. One main philosophy of care is really the healing starts before surgery happens. And I feel that a lot of parents have a lot of anxiety. Some of the toughest decisions in their lives have to do with making surgical decisions about their children, and that can be very weighty. So my main philosophy is to provide the best, safest option for their child and also to focus on patient and parent education because I feel that an educated parent is a less anxious parent, and one who can deal with the situation better for their child and family.

The most rewarding aspect actually comes with seeing a smile on the child's face after the administration of care. And I think the face is something we all take for granted. We see through it, smile through it, hear through it, talk through it, all kinds of things. And these kids actually are more rewarding for me because they're the most courageous people I know. And they don't take their face for granted.

Russell R. Reid, MD, PhD, is a highly skilled surgeon who specializes in pediatric plastic surgery. He is fellowship-trained in craniomaxillofacial surgery and has particular expertise in the area of surgery of the face, jaw, palate and skull.

An accomplished author, Dr. Reid has published book chapters and several peer-reviewed journal articles on a variety of topics, from craniofacial surgery techniques to wound healing.

Dr. Reid's research interests include the regeneration of bone for the repair of complex craniofacial defects, the biology of skull and facial sutures, and genetic expression in craniofacial development. He also studies ways to improve diagnostic testing for craniofacial patients.

Board Certifications

  • Plastic Surgery

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • International Society of Craniofacial Surgeons
  • Association for the Study of Internal Fixation - AO/ASIF
  • Christian Medical and Dental Association
  • American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • American Association of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Plastic Surgery Research Council
  • American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association

Practicing Since

  • 2006

Languages Spoken

  • English

Medical Education

  • Harvard Medical School


  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine


  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

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