Meet the Residents

PGY-1: Idanis (Idi) Perez-Alvarez, MD

Hometown: Viera, Florida

Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine

Research Interests: Oncoplastic and Multi-disciplinary Research, Quality Improvement, Patient/Provider Decision-Making

Surgical Interests: Breast Microsurgery/Reconstruction, Oncologic Resection, Gender Affirmation, Peripheral Nerve Surgery

Favorite Thing to Do in Chicago: Visit gourmet restaurants, home cooking and cocktail making, lakefront runs, walking my Frenchie, trapeze classes at TSNY.  

Originally from Titusville, FL, Idi grew up near NASA, which inspired her from a young age to pursue a career in STEM. She then migrated up north to Washington, DC where she completed her undergraduate studies in Healthcare Management and Policy with Honors at Georgetown University. After completion of her second year of college, she was given early acceptance to Georgetown School of Medicine. She also completed an Honors Thesis project focused on the Affordable Care Act’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program on the U.S. Healthcare system. While at the Georgetown School of Medicine, Idi became passionate early on about surgery for breast cancer and reconstructive options. She also volunteered her time working with the DC Hispanic community to provide free screening mammography and pap smears for women without insurance. She led the Breast Surgery Research Team and worked closely to publish many articles in conjunction with the Plastic Surgery Department. In particular she is interested in research involving multidisciplinary collaboration between plastic surgery reconstruction and other fields including breast surgical oncology. She is very excited to be moving to Chicago, which naturally seems like a great transition after 8 years in DC. Her French bulldog Archie has already grown quite a fan base at Millennium Park where she takes him on walks daily. As a native Florida girl, she knows she will soak up the Chicago summers and spend all her free time at the beach. Working for a short period of time in the restaurant industry at Jose Andres’ two Michelin star restaurant Minibar, she is eager to explore the unbeatable Chicago food-scene. Idi feels right at home here in Chicago and is ecstatic to train with some of the best and brightest at Rush Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery!

 

PGY-2: Elizabeth (Liz) O’Neill, MD, MPH

Hometown: Allentown, Pennsylvania

Medical School: Robert Larner M.D. College of Medicine at the University of Vermont

Research: My primary research interest is in shared decision making, particular surgeon engagement in preference elicitation with patients who have multiple comparable therapeutic options. I am also interested in machine learning for health care, optimization of medical student education in plastic surgery, and exploring various psychiatric outcomes associated with plastic surgery procedures.

Surgical Interests: Gender affirmation surgery, body contouring, facial aesthetics, general cosmetic surgery

Favorite Thing to Do in Chicago: Run along the lakefront path and the Riverwalk.   

Liz is originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania and completed her undergraduate studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas where she graduated from the Honors program with a degree in Chemistry. While at SMU she spent 6 months in Copenhagen, Denmark where she studied health policy and Danish. She then moved to Hanover, New Hampshire where she earned her Master’s in Public Health from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. She worked at Dartmouth for two years as a research fellow focusing on clinician engagement in shared decision making for patients with structural heart diseases. She then went to the University of Vermont for medical school, and then she, her husband Brett, and their German Shepherd (Dabbers) moved to Chicago for residency. They love living in the West Loop, exploring all the dog-friendly restaurants, coffee shops, and parks, and supporting the Cubs and the Bears. Liz and Brett love to run all around the city and enjoy exploring all of the amazing neighborhoods in Chicago and the suburbs. Liz is so excited to be a part of the Rush residency program and can’t wait to learn all of the nuances of plastic & reconstructive surgery.

 

 

 

PGY-3: Brandon Alba, MD, MPH

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI

Medical School: Hofstra/Northwell School of Medicine – Hempstead, NY

Favorite Thing to Do in Chicago: Exploring the rich art and music scene throughout Chicago.

Brandon was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL with a degree in Biological Sciences. He then went to medical school at Hofstra/Northwell School of Medicine on Long Island, New York, where he graduated with a dual MD/MPH degree. Brandon is particularly interested in both clinical and basic science research in plastic and reconstructive surgery, and plans to continue being involved in research throughout his residency. He is very excited to be back home in the Midwest and to spend time exploring the Windy City.

Publications

Publications:

Alba B, Schultz BD, Cohen D, Qin AL, Chan W, Tanna N. Risk-to-Benefit Relationship of Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy: The Argument for Bilateral Mastectomies with Immediate Reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019;144(1):1-9.

Fisher M, Yee K, Alba B, Tanna N, Bastidas N, Bradley JP. Applications of Bone Morphogenetic Protein-2: Alternative Therapies in Craniofacial Reconstruction. The Journal of craniofacial surgery. 2019.

Fisher M, Alba B, Bhuiya T, Kasabian AK, Thorne CH, Tanna N. Routine Pathologic Evaluation of Plastic Surgery Specimens: Are We Wasting Time and Money? Plast Reconstr Surg. 2018;141(3):812-816.

Oral Presentations: 

Alba B, Swami P, Tanna N, Grande D. (2018) Using Three-Dimensional Printing to Construct Chitosan-Alginate Scaffolds for Nasal Alar Cartilage Tissue Engineering. American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, Boston, MA.

Alba B, Swami P, Tanna N, Grande D. (2018) A Novel Technique for Tissue Engineering Periosteum Using Three-Dimensional Bioprinting. Plastic Surgery The Meeting 2018, Chicago, IL.

Alba B, Schultz B, Bregman D, Cohen D, Qin L, Chan W, Smith M, Tanna N. (2018) Northwell Health Patient Perioperative Pathway (P3): Enhanced Recovery Protocol for Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction. Plastic Surgery The Meeting 2018, Chicago, IL.

Schultz B, Alba B, Cohen D, Qin L, Chan W, Tanna N. (2018) Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy: The Argument for Bilateral Mastectomies and Reconstruction. Plastic Surgery The Meeting 2018, Chicago, IL.

Fisher M, Alba B, Light D, Korn P, Feingold R, Israeli R, Bank J. (2018) Umbilical Ablation During DIEP Flap Harvest as a Means to Decrease Donor Site Complications. Plastic Surgery The Meeting 2018, Chicago, IL.

Fisher M, Alba B, Tanna N, Smith M. (2017) Split-Thickness Skin Grafting for Soft Tissue Reconstruction (Video). American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, San Diego, CA.

Fisher M, Alba B, Tanna N, Smith M. (2017) Intraoperative Transversus Abdominis Plane (TAP) Block (Video). American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, San Diego, CA.

Fisher M, Alba B, Bhuiya T, Kasabian AK, Thorne CH, Tanna N. (2017) Cost Effectiveness and Utility of Routine Pathologic Evaluation of Plastic Surgery Specimens. American Association of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Austin, TX.

Poster Presentations: 

Alba B, Schultz B, Qin LA, Cohen D, DelMauro M, MD, Ahn S, Perry A, Kasabian AK, Tanna N. (2018) Postoperative Upper Extremity Function in Implant and Autologous Breast Reconstruction. American Association of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.

Alba B, Goldstein T, Liang H, Mullen J, Grande D. (2018) Chondrogenic Expression in Collagen Biomaterials: Differential Chondrogenesis Is Influenced by Collagen Scaffold’s Type. The Feinstein Institute Retreat at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, NY.

Fisher M, Alba B, Light D, Korn P, Feingold R, Israeli R, Bank J. (2018) Umbilical Ablation During DIEP Flap Harvest as a Means to Decrease Donor Site Complications. American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery. Phoenix, AZ.

PGY-3: Aaron Wiegmann, MD, MS

Hometown: Homer Glen, Illinois

Medical School: Rush Medical College

Research InterestsOutcomes in plastic surgery, pharmacological influences on surgical outcomes

Surgical Interests: Cosmetic surgery, body contouring, facial aesthetics, minimally invasive surgery

Favorite Thing to Do in Chicago: Eat the food, drink the craft beer, and see the live music and sporting events (particularly the Chicago White Sox)  

Aaron grew up in the southwest suburbs of Chicago and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Miami (FL), where he graduated from the Honors Program with a degree in Microbiology & Immunology and minors in Business Administration, Chemistry, and Philosophy. He came back home for medical school where he attended Rush Medical College, graduating in the top 10%, and quickly realized he was destined to be a surgeon. He recently earned a master’s degree in clinical research from the Graduate College at Rush University during residency. Aaron, his wife, Julia, and their two cats, Loo Loo and Thomas, live in a cute little bungalow in Forest Park, IL - just outside of the city. They love being active and have a multitude of outdoorsy hobbies. Aaron couldn’t be happier to train and become a plastic & reconstructive surgeon in this city and at this program!

 

 

Research Year: Charalampos (Harry) Siotos, MD

Hometown: Athens, Greece
Medical school: University of Athens School of Medicine – Athens, Greece
Research: Johns Hopkins University, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - Baltimore, MD
Favorite things to do in Chicago: Exploring the outdoors, playing tennis, sailing

Harry grew up in Athens, Greece. He graduated from the medical school of the University of Athens with honors and he subsequently joined the clinical research team at the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, MD. He completed his general surgery internship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH before moving to Chicago for his plastic surgery training. He interested in general reconstructive surgery, microsurgery and lymphatic surgery.

PGY-4: Mark A. Hansdorfer, MD

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois and Warsaw, Poland
Medical School: Medical University of Warsaw
Surgical Interests: Hand & Upper Extremity, Microsurgery, Pediatric Plastic Surgery
Favorite Thing to Do in Chicago: Year-round swimming in Lake Michigan, pond hockey, Portillo’s

Mark grew up on the North side of Chicago and Warsaw, Poland from where his family is originally from. After medical school, he started his surgical training as a categorical surgery resident at the University of Illinois before completing a two year post-doctoral research fellowship in Boston, MA at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School where he was in charge of a Department of Defense-funded trial of peripheral nerve repair in non-human primates. Mark then returned to Chicago to continue his surgical training at the Rush University Medical Center Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency Program. His career goals include becoming an academic plastic surgeon and having his own basic/translational research laboratory. Mark is happy to be back in Chicago and eager to learn the art of plastic surgery!

Publications

Published:

Hansdorfer MA, Mardjetko SM, Knott PT, Thompson SE. Lumbar Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis in Down Syndrome: A Cross-sectional Study at One Institution. Journal of Spine Deformity. September 2013 volume 1 issue 5 Pages 382-388.

Siemionow K, Hansdorfer MA, Janusz P, Mardjetko S. Complications in Adult Patients with Down Syndrome Undergoing Cervical Spine Surgery Using Current Instrumentation Techniques and rhBMP-2: A Long-Term Follow-Up. J Neurol Surg A Cent Eur Neurosurg. 2016 Jul 22.

Presentations:

Hansdorfer MA, Tsui JM, Visaggio M, Runyan GG, Zarfos SD. Randolph MA, Redmond, RW. Light-Activated Sealing to Improve Outcomes Following Penetrating Bowel Trauma. Military Health System Research Symposium. 2019 August 19-22; Orlando, FL.

Gfrerer L, Hansdorfer MA, Nealon KP, Austen WG. Patient Drawings of Migraine Pain- Key to Success in Patient Selection? Accepted to American Society of Plastic Surgery Annual Meeting. 2019 September 20-23; San Diego, CA.

Ortiz R*, Gfrerer L*, Hansdorfer MA, Tsui JM, Nealon KP, Austen WG. A Pain in the Neck? Migraine Surgery in Patients with Prior Head or Neck Injury. Accepted to American Society of Plastic Surgery Annual Meeting. 2019 September 20-23; San Diego, CA. *Co-First Authors.

Hansdorfer MA, Tsui JM, Visaggio M, Runyan GG, David WS, Randolph MA, Winograd JM, Redmond, RW. Improving outcomes of Large Gap Peripheral Nerve Repair. 20th Annual Richard J. Smith Conference. 2019 May 17; Boston, MA.

Tsui JM, Hansdorfer MA, Zarfos SD, Fan Y, Kogosov AS, Tratnig-Frankl P, Visaggio M, Redmond RW, Randolph MA, Winograd JM. Gal-T Knockout Porcine Nerve Xenografts Support Axonal Regeneration in a Rodent Sciatic Nerve Model. 20th Annual Richard J. Smith Conference. 2019 May 17; Boston, MA.

Hansdorfer MA, Tsui JM, Visaggio M, Runyan GG, Randolph MA, David WS, See RS, Valerio IL, Redmond, RW Winograd JM. Improving Outcomes of Large Gap Peripheral Nerve Repair with Photochemical Tissue Bonding (PTB) and Acellular Nerve Allograft (ANA). 60th Annual New England Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons Meeting. 2019 May 31-June 2; Newport, RI.

Hansdorfer MA, Tsui JM, Visaggio M, Runyan GG, Randolph MA, David WS, See RS, Valerio IL, Winograd JM, Redmond, RW. Large Gap Peripheral Nerve Repair in a Non-Human Primate Model: Improving Outcomes Utilizing Photochemical Tissue Bonding (PTB) with Acellular Nerve Allograft (ANA). 64th Annual Plastic Surgery Research Council (PSRC) Meeting. 2019 May 2-5; Baltimore, MD.

Hansdorfer MA, Gfrerer L, Nealon KP, Austen WG. Patient Drawings of Migraine Pain- Key to Success in Patient Selection? 64th Annual Plastic Surgery Research Council (PSRC) Meeting. 2019 May 2-5; Baltimore, MD.

Gfrerer L, Hansdorfer MA, Ortiz R, Nealon KP, Austen WG. Occipital Neuralgia/Migraine: Intra-Operative Evidence for Extracranial Pathology. Annual Plastic Surgery Research Council (PSRC) Meeting. 2019 May 2-5; Baltimore, MD.

Ortiz R, Gfrerer L, Hansdorfer MA, Nealon KP, Austen WG. Does Migraine Surgery Affect Medication Use?. 64th Annual Plastic Surgery Research Council (PSRC) Meeting. 2019 May 2-5; Baltimore, MD. Ortiz R, Gfrerer L, Hansdorfer MA, Nealon KP, Austen WG. Intraoperative Anatomy Associated with Migraines at the Frontal Trigger Site. 64th Annual Plastic Surgery Research Council (PSRC) Meeting. 2019 May 2-5; Baltimore, MD.

Hansdorfer MA, Tsui JM, Visaggio M, Runyan GG, Zarfos SD. Randolph MA, Redmond, RW. Light-Activated Sealing to Improve Outcomes Following Penetrating Bowel Trauma. Harvard Research Day. 2019 March 9; Boston, MA.

Gfrerer L, Hansdorfer MA, Ortiz R, Nealon KP, Austen WG. Occipital Neuralgia/Migraine: Intra-Operative Evidence for Extracranial Pathology. American Society for Peripheral Nerve Meeting. 2019 February 1-3; Palm Desert, CA.

Ortiz R, Gfrerer L, Hansdorfer MA, Nealon KP, Austen WG. Intraoperative Anatomy Associated with Migraines at the Frontal Trigger Site. American Society for Peripheral Nerve Meeting. 2019 February 1-3; Palm Desert, CA.

Hansdorfer MA, Tsui JM, Visaggio M, Runyan GG, Randolph MA, David WS, Winograd JM, Redmond, RW. A Clinically Relevant Animal Model to Quantitatively Evaluate Functional Outcomes of Large-Gap Peripheral Nerve Repair. 35th Annual Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons meeting. 2018 October 27; Boston, MA.

Hansdorfer MA, Tsui JM, Visaggio M, Runyan GG, Randolph MA, David WS, Winograd JM, Redmond, RW. Light-Activated Sealing to Optimize Outcomes of Large Gap Peripheral Nerve Defects Repaired with Acellular Nerve Grafts. Military Health System Research Symposium. 2018 August 22; Orlando, FL.

Hansdorfer MA, Tsui JM, Visaggio M, Runyan GG, Randolph MA, David WS, Winograd JM, Redmond, RW. Large Gap Peripheral Nerve Repair in a Non-Human Primate Model Utilizing Photochemical Tissue Bonding (PTB). 29th Annual Richard J. Smith Conference. 2018 April 27; Boston, MA.

Siemionow KB, Hansdorfer MA, Mardjetko SM. Complications in Patients with Down Syndrome Undergoing Cervical Spine Surgery Using Modern Instrumentation Techniques, Long Term Follow-up. 20th Annual Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques. 2013 July 10; Vancouver, BC.

Siemionow KB, Hansdorfer MA, Mardjetko SM. Complications in Adult Patients with Down’s Syndrome Undergoing Cervical Spine Surgery Using Modern Instrumentation Techniques, Long Term Follow-up. 41st Annual Cervical Spine Research Society Meeting. 2013 December 3; Los Angeles, CA.

Second Year Independent (PGY-7): Mohammed (Mo) Asif, MD

Hometown: Bowie, Maryland and Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Medical School: American University of Integrated Sciences

Research: Johns Hopkins University, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - Baltimore, MD
Residency: Mercy Health System- Drexel School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Surgical Interest: Burn, hand and reconstructive plastic surgery
Favorite Things to Do in Chicago: Hanging out with friends and family in this beautiful city!

Mohammed (Mo) was born and raised in Rawalpindi, Pakistan before moving to United States at the age of 15. He received his bachelor’s degree in Biological sciences with honors from Bowie State University prior to attending medical school at American University of Integrated Sciences. After completing General Surgery residency in June, 2017, Mo did a year of Burn surgery fellowship at Johns Hopkins Burn Center. There, he participated in several active clinical research trials and published more than 30 articles as an Instructor of Burn and Plastic Surgery at Johns Hopkins in 2018-2020. Mo has been featured on Johns Hopkins Magazine and was on local CBS and fox Baltimore discussing his patient care. Mo is interested in academic career and enjoys burn, hand and reconstructive aspects of plastic surgery. Mo loves spending time with his wife- Saira and son- Yunus.

 

Chief Fellow, Third Year Independent (PGY-8) Andrew Bonett, MD

Hometown: Winter Springs, FL
Medical School: University of Central Florida College of Medicine - Orlando, FL
Residency: Prisma Health-Upstate – Greenville, SC
Surgical Interest: General reconstruction and craniofacial
Favorite Things to Do in Chicago: trying new restaurants, sporting events, live music

Andrew grew up in central Florida. There, he attended Winter Springs High School before graduating from University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences. He then went on to earn a Masters Degree in Medical Sciences from the University of South Florida in Tampa before attending the University of Central Florida College of Medicine in Orlando, FL. Andrew then completed General Surgery residency at Prisma Health-Upstate in Greenville, SC where he was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha honors society. He then moved to Chicago with his wife to train at Rush. Andrew is interested in general reconstruction and craniofacial surgery and enjoys food, music, movies, watching and attending sporting events, and anything outdoors.

Publications

Published:

Bonett A, Tisch J, Boland B, Hall A. Training Surgeons: The Trend Toward Integrated Programs. GHS Proceedings. 2019 (Accepted for publication)

Bonett A, Currence C, Efird J, Haire S, Gates RL. Perforated cholecystitis in a teenager with Crohn’s disease. Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports. April 2019. 43; 50-52.

Bonett A, Shirley H, Culpepper W. Lower leg reconstruction: Revisiting the cross-leg flap. GHS Proceedings. 2017. 2 (2); 148-151.

Bonett A, Homan B. Comparison of double row suture anchor technique using Incline Mattress stitch with other suture configurations in rotator cuff repair. Poster presentation. UCF College of Medicine Research Symposium. March 2012.