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Lawrence S. Zachary, MD

Lawrence S. Zachary, MD, is a nationally recognized expert in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Zachary specializes in body contouring, using surgical precision to remove excess skin, caused by massive weight loss following bariatric surgery. He performs a range of surgical procedures to preserve health and cosmetic outcomes after weight loss surgery, including abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), liposuction, and body lift procedures of the thigh, arm, and face.

Dr. Zachary is also particularly skilled in breast surgery. His specialties include breast augmentation following massive weight loss, and reconstructive techniques in patients who have had breast cancer surgery.

Also a skilled hand surgeon, Dr. Zachary provides surgical treatment for vascular disorders, such as Raynaud's phenomenon and scleroderma. He specializes in microsurgical techniques to restore blood flow in the fingers (digital sympathectomy) and hands (palmar sympathectomy).

Dr. Zachary is also a member of the physician team in the Center for Pelvic Health. He helps reconstruct the pelvic floor in patients who have had surgery for cancer or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

An active physician researcher, Dr. Zachary leads clinical trials designed to improve breast surgery techniques. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and abstracts, in addition to several book chapters, on topics in reconstructive surgery.

Additionally, Dr. Zachary recognizes the complex individual needs and challenges patients experience after having weight loss surgery. In this interest, he established one of Chicago's first post-bariatric surgery support groups. He also once organized a fashion show to help patients celebrate the positive changes in their health.

Areas of Expertise

Medical Education

  • Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University

Internship

  • University of Chicago Medicine

Residency

  • University of Chicago Medicine; Detroit Medical Center

Fellowship

  • Union Memorial Hospital

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Medical Association
  • Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • American Society for Plastic Surgery
  • American Association for Hand Surgery
  • American Association of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Burn Association
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Rheumatism Association
  • Wound Healing Society
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO
  • BCBS HMO (HMOI)
  • BCBS PPO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare
  • Coventry Health Plan PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • Illinicare
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • PHCS PPO
  • United Choice / Choice Plus
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
To Request an Appointment

Weiss Memorial Hospital - Uptown

Request an Appointment at Weiss Memorial Hospital - Uptown or call UCM Connect at 773-834-3531

Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine (DCAM) - Hyde Park

Request an Appointment at Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine (DCAM) - Hyde Park or call UCM Connect at 1-888-824-0200

To Refer a Patient

Refer a Patient or call UCM Connect at 1-888-824-0200

At a Glance

Practicing Since1986

Board Certifications

  • Hand Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery

Languages Spoken

  • English