Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 

The Division of Pediatric Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at Lurie Children’s has an outstanding reputation for treating infants, children and teens who have defects that are congenital (present at birth) or acquired. We see more patients than any other pediatric plastic surgery service in Illinois.

Our pediatric plastic surgeons diagnose and treat both rare and common disorders that affect the function and appearance of the body. Common conditions treated include:

Lurie Children’s is one of only two children’s hospitals in the Chicago region that offer facial reanimation surgery to treat facial paralysis.


Our specialists​ have extensive experience in treating children of all ages. We work in multidisciplinary teams that include the following pediatric specialists:

The team also draws on the expertise of nearly all of the hospital’s pediatric specialties.

The division head, Arun Gosain, MD, joined Lurie Children’s in 2012, bringing his expertise in facial reanimation surgery to treat paralyzed facial muscles, in addition to his broad interest in craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery. Dr. Gosain is board certified in both general surgery and plastic surgery and has more than 20 years of experience in plastic surgery. He received advanced training in craniofacial surgery, hand surgery and microsurgery. 


We believe in family-centered care​, which means we take care of the whole family and ensure they’re deeply involved in their child’s care. Family education and counseling is a major emphasis of our care.

A multidisciplinary team of experienced healthcare providers will treat your child. Multidisciplinary teams are essential for treating the many complex conditions that need plastic surgery. The division has an active part in several large multidisciplinary teams at Lurie Children’s, including those listed below.


This team treats cleft lip and palate and other abnormalities of the head (cranium) and face. Along with plastic surgeons, this team includes pediatric specialists from audiology, dentistry, genetics, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, oral surgery, orthodontics, otolaryngology, psychology, social services and speech and language pathology.

Congenital Hand Differences
This program, led by Joshua M. Adkinson, MD, offers specialty care for patients with congenital hand differences, including thumb hypoplasia, polydactyly, syndactyly, cleft hand, symbrachydactyly, and trigger thumbs and fingers. Each year we see many babies with these conditions. Our surgeons, occupational therapists, nurses, and other healthcare providers work as a team. We create a treatment plan tailored to your child with the goal of delivering the best results possible.

Vascular Lesions

This team treats abnormalities of the blood vessels (vascular lesions) involving the skin and soft tissues. These lesions include hemangiomas, arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), venous malformations and lymphatic malformations. Joining plastic surgeons on this team are pediatric specialists from dermatology, interventional radiology, genetics, hematology, general pediatric surgery, ophthalmology, orthopaedic surgery, otolaryngology, psychology, rehabilitative services and social services.

Our plastic surgeons also perform cosmetic surgeries in teenagers. These procedures include rhinoplasty (nose reshaping), body contouring (such as liposuction) and enhancement of facial contour.

Along with scientists, our physicians actively conduct laboratory research​. The goal is to translate these findings to the bedside and improve surgical results in children. Current studies include:

  • Trying to improve healing of facial bones
  • Investigating biologic materials that may substitute for bone in facial reconstruction
  • Evaluating the causes of premature fusion during skull development (craniosynostosis​)
  • Controlling hemangiomas


Our plastic surgeons treat children for a variety of conditions. See a list of the conditions we treat​.


Private contributions help support exciting new research discoveries in pediatric plastic surgery. Gifts also allow us to hire talented healthcare professionals and train tomorrow’s specialists. We are also developing a fund for the treatment of children who may not otherwise have access to healthcare.

Your support is vital in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Lurie Children’s relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for children. To learn more, please e-mail Lurie Children’s Foundation at, call 312.227.7500 or make a gift today.

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Vascular Lesion Center

Watch the video below to learn more about the Division of Pediatric Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery's Vascular Lesion Center.