Loren Slone Schechter, MD, FACS (born 1968) is an internationally-recognized American physician, scientist, philanthropist, activist and blogger[1]. Dr. Schechter is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, IL, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL, and Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, IL. He serves as President-elect of the Metropolitan Chicago Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and is a past president of the Illinois Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Schechter also serves as Director of the Chicago Plastic Surgery Research Foundation, Inc. He resides in Highland Park, Illinois.

Life and career

Dr. Schechter was born in Galveston, Texas. He attended the University of Michigan, where he earned the James B. Angell Award for Academic Distinction and graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science in economics in 1990.

In 1994, he received his medical degree with honors from The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. As a student, Dr. Schechter was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha national medical honor society. He was awarded The University of Chicago National Institutes of Health Student Summer Research Award in 1991. In 1994, he earned The University of Chicago Department of Surgery Award for Outstanding Performance in the Field of Surgery and the Catherine Dobson Prize for Best Oral Presentation in the Area of Clinical Investigation. Dr. Schechter completed his residency in general surgery and plastic and reconstructive surgery at The University of Chicago Hospitals in 1999. He served as Chief Resident there from 1998 to 1999. In 2000, he completed a fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery at The University of Chicago, where he currently holds an associate teaching position.

Dr. Schechter began practicing plastic surgery in 2000. In 2008, he founded University Plastic Surgery in Morton Grove, Illinois, and has developed one of the Midwest’s most respected practices in plastic and reconstructive surgery. He is also well known for his work with transgendered patients seeking surgical intervention. In 2001, Dr. Schechter co-founded the Chicago Gender Group, dedicated to providing multidisciplinary care, in partnership with a psychologist and primary care physician.[2] Dr. Schechter currently serves on the Standards of Care Workgroup Committee for the World Professional Association for Transgender Health[3]. Dr. Schechter frequently travels to Europe to observe and teach new surgical techniques and to exchange ideas with surgeons who also perform gender confirmation surgery.[4]


  • E. Wall, D. A. Schoeller, L. Schechter, L.J. Gottlieb: Measured Total Energy Requirements of Adult Patients with Burns. The Journal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation 20:329, 1999.
  • David C. Cronin, II, Loren Schechter, Somchi Limrichramren, Charles G. Winans, Robert Lohman, and J. Michael Millis, Advances in Pediatric Liver Transplantation: Continuous Monitoring of Portal Venous and Hepatic Artery Flow with an Implantable Doppler Probe. Transplantation 74(6):887-889, 2002.
  • Robert F. Lohman, Loren S. Schechter, Lawrence S. Zachary, Solomon Aronson: Evaluation of Changes in Skeletal Muscle Blood Flow in the Dog with Contrast Ultrasonography Revisited: Has the Technique Been Useful, and Where are We Headed Now? The Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 111(4):1477-1480, 2003.
  • Alvin B. Cohn, Eric Odessey, Francis Casper, Loren S. Schechter: Hereditary Gingival Fibromatosis: Aggressive Two-Stage Surgical Resection in Lieu of Traditional Therapy, The Annals of Plastic Surgery Vol 57, Number 5, November 2006.
  • Eric Odessey, Al Cohn, Kenneth Beaman, and Loren Schechter: Mucormycosis of the Maxillary Sinus: Extensive Destruction with an Indolent Presentation, Surgical Infections, Vol. 9, Number 1, 2008.
  • Iris A. Seitz, MD, David Tojo, MD, Loren S. Schechter, MD Anatomy of a Medication Error: Inadvertent Intranasal Injection of Neosynephrine During Nasal Surgery – A Case Report and Review of The Literature (accepted for publication, Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, March 2010).
  • Iris Seitz, MD Craig Williams, MD, Thomas Weidrich, MD, John Seiler, MD, Ginard Henry, MD, and Loren S. Schechter, MD: Omental Free Tissue Transfer for Coverage of Complex Upper Extremity Defects: The Forgotten Flap (published online March 25, 2009, Hand)Hand, Vol. 4. Issue 4 (2009)p.397.
  • Michael Salvino and Loren S. Schechter: Microvascular Reconstruction of Iatrogenic Femoral Artery Thrombus in an Infant: A Case Report and Review of the Literature ePlasty Volume 9 ISSN: 19357-5719, E-location ID: e20.
  • Phillip C. Haeck, MD, Jennifer A. Swanson, BS, Med, Ronald E. Iverson, MD., Loren S. Schechter, MD, Robert Singer, MD, Bob Basu, MD, MPH, Lynn A. Damitz, MD, Scott Bradley Bradley Glasberg, MD, Lawrence S. Glasman, MD, Michael F. McGuire, MD, and the ASPS Patient Safety Committee: Evidence-Based Patient Safety Advisory: Patient Selection and Procedures in Ambulatory Surgery, Supplement to Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Volume 124, Number 4s, October Supplement 2009.
  • Philip C. Haeck, MD, Jennifer A. Swanson, BS, Med, Loren S. Schechter, MD, Elizabeth J. Hall-Findlay, MD, Noel B. McDevitt, MD, Gary Smotrich, MD, Neal R. Reisman, MD, JD, Scot Bradley Glasberg, MD, and the ASPS Patient Safety Committee: Evidence-Based Patient Safety Advisory: Blood Dyscrasias, Patient Selection and Procedures in Ambulatory Surgery, Supplement to Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Volume 124, Number 4s, October Supplement 2009.
  • Loren S. Schechter, MD, The Surgeon’s Relationship with The Physician Prescribing Hormones and the Mental Health Professional: Review for Version 7 of the World Professional Association of Transgender Health’s Standards of Care International Journal of Transgenderism 11 (4), p.222-225 Oct-Dec 2009.
  • Iris A Seitz, MD, PhD, Craig Williams, MD, Loren S. Schechter, MD, Facilitating Harvest of the Serratus Fascial Flap With Ultrasonic Dissection, Eplasty 2010 Feb 23;10:e18.
  • Seitz, I, Friedewald SM, Rimler, J, Schechter, LS, Breast MRI helps define the blood supply to the nipple-areolar complex, Plastische Chirurgie, Supplement 1, 10. Jahrgang, September 2010, p. 75.
  • Iris A. Seitz, Sally Friedwald, MD; Jonathon Rimler, Loren S. Schechter, Breast MRI to Define The Blood Supply to The Nipple-Areolar Complex. Plast Recon Surg. Suppl 126 (26) p. 27 Oct 2010.


  2. Simon, Nancy (September 28, 2011). Switching genders requires more than surgery. Chicago Tribune.
  4. Castle, George (November 4, 2011). Doctor: Sex Change Treatments Could Start Early in Life. Niles-Morton Grove Patch.
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