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Associate Professor of Surgery Director, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Research

UChicago Faculty Physicians hold faculty positions with the University of Chicago and provide care for patients on the academic health system’s main campus in Hyde Park and in care centers throughout the Chicago region.


Summer E. Hanson, MD, PhD, FACS, specializes in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Hanson is an expert in treating a wide range of conditions, offering everything from complex breast reconstruction, trunk reconstruction and extremity reconstruction to skin cancer treatment, revision surgery and lymphedema surgery.

Dr. Hanson takes a holistic approach to care and is committed to offering each patient a personalized, comprehensive treatment plan. She works with her patients to understand their individual goals and concerns, and together they establish a plan designed to improve recovery and deliver long-term success.

In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Hanson is also devoted to research. She is constantly looking to improve outcomes and quality of life in plastic surgery patients by streamlining current techniques and developing best practices by exploring new treatments using engineering strategies. She has an active lab investigating adipose derived stem cells in reconstruction, inflammation and cancer treatment, and her work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, including Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Clinical Breast Cancer, Annals of Surgical Oncology, Tissue Engineering and more. Dr. Hanson is currently the co-editor of a textbook under development on cell therapies in regenerative surgery.

Areas of Expertise

  • Face, Breast & Body Aesthetic Surgery
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Trunk Reconstruction (Chest, Back, Abdominal, Genital)
  • Skin Cancer & Melanoma
  • Extremity Reconstruction
  • Lymphedema Surgery
  • Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Breast Cancer

Medical Education

  • University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health


  • University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics


  • University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center; MD Anderson Cancer Center

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Association of Plastic Surgeons
  • Plastic Surgery Research Council
  • American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • American College of Surgeons
  • International Federation of Adipose Therapeutics
  • Aetna HMO (specialists only)
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO (specialists only)
  • BCBS HMO (HMOI) (specialists only)
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare *see insurance page
  • Aetna Better Health *see insurance page
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice Plus POS/PPO
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO) (specialists only)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • BCBS Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Choice PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Plus HMO
  • United Choice HMO (specialists only)
  • University of Chicago Health Plan (UCHP)
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At a Glance

Practicing Since2012

Board Certifications

  • Plastic Surgery

Languages Spoken

  • English