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Clinical Associate of Surgery

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Bruce S. Bauer, MD, FACS, FAAP, is a highly regarded surgeon who treats a full spectrum of pediatric plastic surgeries, including cleft lip and palate, craniofacial deformities, congenital and acquired ear deformities and birthmark reconstruction. Dr. Bauer is also an expert in using pediatric tissue expansions (a technique that creates new skin to repair or replace skin elsewhere in the body) to treat large and giant melanocytic nevi and other congenital and acquired deformities.

Dr. Bauer’s long-time dedication to the pediatric plastic surgery and his commitment to high-quality care propelled him to develop specialized reconstructive techniques for complex conditions that have led to referrals from patients nationally and internationally. Examples include designing expanded skin flaps that allow the treatment of larger nevi, in fewer surgeries, with improved functional and aesthetic outcomes and advanced the understanding and approach to reconstruction of complex congenital and acquired ear deformities. Further, by teaming with pediatric dermatologists, he was able to widen the application of these techniques to problematic skin lesions and led to the adoption of pediatric tissue expansion around the world.

In addition to Dr. Bauer’s devotion to his clinical work, he is an active researcher who has published numerous papers and chapters related to his field as well as co-edited and contributed extensively to two editions of “Principles and Practice of Pediatric Plastic Surgery.” Dr. Bauer has also collaborated closely with several colleagues on research efforts to characterize the growth of melanocytic nevi, mutations associated with their formation and understand their relation to nevus cells in the central nervous system.

Areas of Expertise

Medical Education

  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine


  • Northwestern Medicine


  • Northwestern Medicine

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
  • American Association of Pediatric Plastic Surgeons
  • Illinois Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare
  • Coventry Health Plan PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • Illinicare*
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice / Choice Plus
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
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UChicago Medicine South Loop

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At a Glance

Practicing Since1979

Board Certifications

  • Plastic Surgery

Languages Spoken

  • English