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Dr. George Kouris ~ I believe the primary goal of plastic surgery is patient satisfaction. Understanding what will make a patient happy begins with careful listening during the surgical consultation. This is then followed by a thorough examination and a thoughtful recommendation. Aligning patient desires with realistic patient expectations is paramount to patient satisfaction. I pride myself on providing a thoughtful, straight forward and honest surgical consultation. I care for my patients as I would care for my own family. I take my profession very seriously and I consider the work that I do a privilege. I take that into account every time a patient puts their trust in my hands.
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George J. Kouris, M.D.

Aesthetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon
Assistant Professor at Rush University Medical Center
Surgical Director

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Dr. Kouris is a Board Certified Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon who has practiced in the Chicagoland area for over 14 years. He holds a full-time academic faculty position at Rush University Medical Center where he actively teaches plastic surgery trainees the fundamental principles and concepts of plastic surgery. He has used his clinical knowledge to remain at the forefront of plastic surgery trends. This has made Dr. Kouris not only a sought after educator for plastic surgery residents but also for his colleagues and peers as a Physician Trainer for surgically invasive and non-invasive modalities.

Dr. Kouris has spent his career dedicating his artistic skill and compassion to furthering the care he offers to his patients. As evidence of this, Dr. Kouris only offers services that are proven to deliver consistently superior results. Whether you are interested in breast surgery, face lift surgery or non-invasive rejuvenation, Dr. Kouris will customize a plan and guide you through your journey with compassion and attention to every detail. He has great respect for the trust that his patients put in him and he prides himself on providing excellent care. His greatest reward is taking his patients through their aesthetic journey of transformation.

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Rush University Medical Center
1611 W. Harrison Street, Suite 212
Chicago, Illinois 60612
Office (312) 432-2850
Fax     (312) 563-2850

LaGrange Memorial Hospital
5201 S. Willow Springs Road, Suite 440
LaGrange, Illinois 60525
Office (708) 354-4667

Medical Staff Appointments
2004-present   Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery
Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Rush University Medical Center
1635 West Congress Parkway
Chicago, Illinois 60612

2014-present   Elmhurst Memorial Hospital
155 E. Brush Hill Road
Elmhurst, Illinois 60126

2016-present   LaGrange/Hinsdale Memorial Hospital
5201 S. Willow Springs Road
LaGrange, Illinois 60525

Surgical Training
2002-2004       Plastic Surgery,  The Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Rush University Medical Center.
1999-2002       General Surgery, Categorical Appointment.  The Departments of General Surgery, Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center and Cook County Hospital.

Education
1995-1999       Doctor of Medicine, Rush Medical College, Chicago, Illinois
1991-1995       Bachelor of Arts, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois

Board Certification
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Certificat No. 7864

Languages
Greek
Spanish

Honors

  1. Best Maxillofacial Paper Award. This National Award was presented by the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation at the 43rd Annual Plastic Surgery Senior Residents Conference. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, March 18-20, 2004.
  2. Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center Surgical Sciences Research Award. Presented by the Rush Surgical Society in Recognition of Research Made in the Field of Surgery on June 7, 2002.
  3. Alpha Omega Alpha Resident of the Quarter Award, Rush University Medical Center, Winter Quarter 2002.
  4. Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Achievement in the Rush University Forum for Research and Clinical Investigation. Presented by the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society on May 20, 1999.

Basic Science/Clinical Research

  1. Celution Prepared Adipose Derived Regenerative Cells in the Treatment of OsteoArthritis of the Knee: A Double-blind, Placebo Controlled, Multi-center Safety and Feasibility Study. Sponsor: Cytori Therapeutics, Inc. ORA: 15011508-IRB05
  2. Investigation of hard and soft tissue changes after distraction osteogenesis in the canine mandible, with John W. Polley M.D., Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Rush University Medical Center, 2002-2003.
  3. Investigation of cachexia and its relationship with pyruvate carboxylase activity in the liver of tumor rats, with Katherine J. M. Liu, M.D., Department of General Surgery, Cook County Hospital, 2000.
  4. The effect of GLP-2 on bacterial translocation in the setting of severe necrotizing pancreatitis in rats, with Richard A. Prinz, M.D., Department of General Surgery, Rush Presbyterian-St.-Luke’s Medical Center, 1998-1999.
  5. The evaluation of intestinal permeability in rats by utilizing a standard Ussing chamber and applying Ohm’s law to calculate resistance across the terminal ileum, with Richard A. Prinz, M.D., Department of General Surgery, Rush Presbyterian-St.-Luke’s Medical Center, 1998.
  6. The development of a scientific model that consistently reproduces severe necrotizing pancreatitis in rats, with Richard A. Prinz, M.D., Department of General Surgery, Rush Presbyterian-St.-Luke’s Medical Center, 1997.
  7. Evaluation of the growth of canine jugular vein endothelial cells when exposed to various concentrations of the fluorescent label PKH-26 in vitro, with Howard P. Greisler, M.D., Department of Vascular Surgery, Loyola University Medical Center, 1994-1995.

 

Presentations

  1. The Sardine Can Technique: Its Application in the Removal of Rigid Internal Fixation. Presented at the Rush University Forum for Research and Clinical Investigation, April 7, 2004.
  2. Bone Changes After Vertical Mandibular Ramus Distraction. Presented at the Rush University Forum for Research and Clinical Investigation, April 7, 2004.
  3. Maxillary Stability After Distraction Osteogenesis In Cleft Patients With Rigid External Distraction. Presented at the 2004 Plastic Surgery Senior Residents Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, March 19, 2004.
  4. Bone Changes After Vertical Mandibular Ramus Distraction. A Canine Pilot Study. 61st Annual Meeting American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, Chicago, Illinois, March 16, 2004.
  5. Novel Use of A Naso-Alveolar Molding Device. 61st Annual Meeting American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, Chicago, Illinois, March 17, 2004.
  6. Management of Severe Syndromic Midface Deficiency in Childhood with Rigid External Distraction. 60th Anniversary Meeting American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, North Carolina, April 11, 2003.
  7. Combined Maxillary and Mandibular Distraction Osteogenesis in Patients with Hemifacial Microsomia. 60th Anniversary Meeting American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, North Carolina, April 12, 2003.
  8. Hemangiomas and Vascular Malformations. Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds. Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, January 14, 2003.
  9. The Role of the Intestinal Mechanical Barrier in Preventing Bacterial Translocation. Resident Research Competition. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rush Surgical Society, Chicago, Illinois, June 7, 2002.
  10. Scalp Burn Reconstruction Utilizing a Biosynthetic Dermal Substitute. Presented at the Rush University Forum for Research and Clinical Investigation, Chicago, Illinois, May 4, 2002.
  11. The Protective Influence of Glucagon-like Peptide 2 in the Treatment of Acute Necrotizing Pancreatitis in Rats. Rush Medical College Award Talk. Presented at the Rush University Forum for Research and Clinical Investigation, Chicago, Illinois, May 20, 1999.
  12. The Effect of Glucagon-Like Peptide 2 on Intestinal Permeability and Bacterial Translocation of Acute Necrotizing Pancreatitis in Rats. Presented at the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Pancreas Club, Orlando, Florida, May 16, 1999.
  13. Optimizing Fluorescent Labeling of Canine Jugular Vein Endothelial Cells.  Presented at the 21 Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Vascular Society, Chicago, Illinois, September 12-13, 1997.

Publications

  1. Umbilical Quest: a new technique for accurately identifying the new position of the umbilicus in abdominoplasty using a Lockwood marker. Shoukas J, Christopoulos N, Kouris G, Polley JW. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2009 Mar 123 (3): 120e-121e.
  2. Wound Healing. Rush University Medical Center Review of Surgery. Fourth Edition, 2007, chapter 10: 94-101.
  3. The “Sardine Can Technique”: A Method for the Removal of Internal Fixation Hardware.  Andre Ostric, Joshua Lampert, George J. Kouris, Alvaro Figueroa and John W. Polley. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, 2004 Nov:15(6).
  4. Ganglion Cyst.  George J. Kouris and Gordon H. Derman. eMedicine Journal. www.emedicine.com, April 30, 2004: 1-11.
  5. A Dynamic Method for Stabilizing Intra-oral Skin Grafts that is Simple, Inexpensive, and Effective. Andre Ostric, Spero Theodorou, George J. Kouris and J.W. Polley. Journal Craniofacial Surgery, 2004 Jan:15(1) 20-2.
  6. Carpal Fractures. George J. Kouris, Robert Schenck and Spero Theodorou. eMedicine Journal, www.emedicine.com, September 26, 2003: 1-11.
  7. The Effect of Glucagon-Like Peptide 2 on Intestinal Permeability and Bacterial Translocation of Acute Necrotizing Pancreatitis in Rats. George J. Kouris, Quiang Liu, Heather Rossi, Goldie Djuricin, Paulo Gattuso, C. Nathan, Robert A. Weinstein, and Richard A. Prinz. The American Journal of Surgery. 2001; 181:571-575.
  8. Optimizing Fluorescent Labeling of Endothelial Cells for Tracking During Long Term Studies of Autologous Transplantation. David Fox, George J. Kouris, Karin A.Blumofe, Tim Heilizer, Vicki Husak, and Howard Greisler. J Surgical Research. 1999; 86:9-16.

Organizations & Committees
American Society of Plastic Surgery
Plastic Surgery Quality Officer, RUMC
Medical Staff Quality, RUMC
Surgical Staff Quality, RUMC
President of the Rush Plastic Surgery Alumni Society

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Sheila McNally, RNFA

Registered Nurse, First Assistant, Nurse Manager

Sheila has been a Certified Plastic Surgery Nurse for over 25 years. She is a wonderful guide for patients on their reconstructive or cosmetic journey. Sheila will facilitate every aspect of the surgical process. She meets all of our patients before surgery and coordinates planning, insurance issues and post-operative appointments. In addition to her fabulous organizational skills, she also assists Dr. Kouris in the operating room as an assistant. She truly is with you every step of the journey.

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Karolina Wojtowicz

Licensed Esthetician/Medical Assistant

Karolina has been an esthetician for over 3 years. She has received extensive training on all treatments she performs; in addition, she has sought out additional education on all of our skin care products. Karolina delivers services with expert skill. Her bedside manner is compassionate and warm. She works very closely with our clinical team to ensure all your needs are being met and exceeded.

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Suzy McNally

Patient Care Coordinator

Suzy will help guide you during your aesthetic journey. She is our main point of contact for scheduling all appointments and ensuring all pre-certifications are complete. Suzy will act as your personal liaison for any and all questions you may have. She will direct you to the appropriate person and make sure all your needs are met in a very timely manner.

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Come in for a consultation with Dr. Kouris

When Dr. Kouris does a consultation with a prospective patient, he wants to be thorough and completely honest. The goal is to find out exactly what it is that you want from cosmetic surgery. Dr. Kouris will tell you up front if you can get the result you want and how he can help you do so.

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