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Russell R. Reid, MD, PhD

Professor of Surgery

Bernard Sarnat Scholar of Craniofacial Research

Russell R. Reid, MD, PhD, is a highly skilled surgeon who specializes in pediatric plastic surgery. He is fellowship-trained in craniomaxillofacial surgery and has particular expertise in the area of surgery of the face, jaw, palate, and skull.

An accomplished author, Dr. Reid has published book chapters and several peer-reviewed journal articles on a variety of topics, from craniofacial surgery techniques to wound healing.

Dr. Reid's research interests include the regeneration of bone for the repair of complex craniofacial defects, the biology of skull and facial sutures, and genetic expression in craniofacial development. He also studies ways to improve diagnostic testing for craniofacial patients.

Practice Locations

The University of Chicago Medicine
Comer Children’s Hospital
5721 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Year Started Practice


Board Certification

Plastic Surgery

Medical School

Harvard Medical School

Internship and Residency

Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center, Chicago


University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (craniofacial surgery)


American Cleft Palate Association
American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
American Association of Plastic Surgeons
AO Foundation (Society for the Study of Internal Fixation)
Christian Medical and Dental Association
Plastic Surgery Research Council

Languages Spoken



Office Phone

(773) 702-6302

Office Fax

(773) 702-1634

Office Postal Address

Russell R. Reid, MD, PhD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 6035
Chicago, IL 60637

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Clinical Interests

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Learn More About Dr. Reid

Read more about how Comer Children's Hospital and Fresh Start Surgical Gifts transforms the lives of disadvantaged infants, children and teens with physical deformities.

Molly Lawson’s underdeveloped lower jaw impaired her ability to breath and swallow. Dr. Reid performed mandibular distraction surgery, an innovative procedure that advanced the newborn’s jaw. Read Molly's story.

The Domalewski family turned to Dr. Reid’s Craniofacial Anomalies Multidisciplinary Program when they learned their son needed surgery to correct craniosynostosis -- a rare anomaly that affected the shape of his forehead. Read the story.

Four weeks after their son underwent surgery to correct bicoronal craniosynostosis, Jennifer and Clint Brown wrote a letter to thank Dr. Reid for the "amazing support, knowledge and resources" that he provided along the journey. Read more.

Watch a video about baby Francesca, one of Dr. Reid’s craniosynostosis patients, and her journey through surgery to recovery.

Ty Arroyo was born with Crouzon syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the skull and facial bones. Dr. Reid performed surgery to help Ty's bones move into proper place.

Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Reid's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.