Mimis Cohen

Current Positions

  • Professor and Chief, Division of Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery University of Illinois and Director Craniofacial Center UIC (1989- present)
  • Training Program Director, Plastic Surgery Residency Program , University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois (1989-present)


  • University of Athens Medical School, Athens, Greece, M.D. Degree
  • Master’s thesis University of Athens, Greece
  • General Surgery residency ( 1): University of Athens Medical School
  • General Surgery residency (2): University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois
  • Plastic Surgery residency: University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois
  • Head and Neck Fellowship: Roswell Park Memorial Institute,
    Buffalo, New York


  • General Surgery Board Certifications: Greece, 1976
  • American Board of Plastic surgery (ABPS) certification, 1983
    • Recertified: ABPS, 2017

Areas of Expertoise:

  • Cleft Lip and Palate and Pediatric Plastic Surgery
  • Aesthetic Surgery
  • Post bariatric body contouring
  • Abdominal wall reconstruction
  • Breast reconstruction
  • Maxillofacial Trauma


Author and co-author of 163 peer-reviewed articles, 146 abstracts and
33 book chapters


  • Mastery of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 3 volume textbook
    Little, Brown and Co, Boston, MA 1994


  • Unfavorable Results in Plastic Surgery: Avoidance and
     3rd edition, Goldwyn R. Cohen M, (eds.) Lippincott, Philadelphia, 2002
  • Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery after Massive Weight Loss. Thaller S and Cohen M (eds.) JP Medical publisher. London, St Louis, Panama City, New Delhi, 2013
  • Ferraro’s Fundamentals of Maxillofacial Surgery. 2nd edition. P. Taub, P. Patel MD, S. Buchman and M. Cohen, (eds.) Spriger. NY 2015
  • Unfavorable results in Plastic surgery: Avoidance and Treatment 4th Edition Cohen M, Thaller S (eds.) Thieme, NY, 2018

Guest Editor:

  • Problems in General Surgery. Reconstruction of Difficult Wounds. Vol. 6, 1989. J.B. Lippincott Co
  • Clinics in Plastic Surgery. Cleft Lip and Palate. Vol 31, April 2004, Saunders Philadelphia
  • Clinics in Plastic Surgery. Abdominal wall reconstruction. Vol 33, April 2006. Saunders, Philadelphia

Editorial Boards:

  • The Journal of Craniofacial Surgery: Senior editor
  • Plastic Surgery Hyperguide:Associate Editor 2009-2015
  • Plastic Surgery Education Network (PSEN), PSEF: Section Editor in Chief Pediatric and Craniomaxillofacial surgery 2009-2015


  • Four hundred and twenty eight presentations at local, regional, national and International meetings
  • Invited Visiting Professor in 67 Institutions in the USA and the world.

Professional organizations:

  • Member of 26 National and International organizations
  • Past President: American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons,
    • American Association of Pediatric Plastic Surgery,
    • Chicago Society of Plastic Surgeons and
    • Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgery