Paul O. Phelps, MD, FACS
John H. Stroger Jr., Hospital of Cook County; Northwestern Medicine; Advocate Illinois Masonic
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Ophthalmic and Facial Plastic Surgery
Paul O. Phelps, MD, FACS is listed as an author of Actinic Keratosis, Canalicular Laceration (Trauma), Pleomorphic Adenoma (Benign Mixed Tumor) of the Lacrimal Gland
Dr. Paul Phelps, MD, FACS is a native of the Midwest, the son of an electrical engineer and a primary school teacher. He completed his undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. With a strong interest in world cultures, Dr. Phelps spent his junior year abroad at the University of Lancaster, England where he studied physical chemistry and history. After graduation, he worked for two years as a Research Associate at MIT.
Dr. Phelps attended medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine. He again spent a year abroad, this time as a Fulbright Scholar at the world's most productive eye hospital in Madurai, India. It was during this time that Dr. Phelps was first exposed to Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. This experience resulted in his first case report describing a new entity within oculofacial plastic surgery.
During his residency at the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, he gained significant surgical experience within ophthalmology and oculofacial plastic surgery. After residency, Dr. Phelps completed a fellowship with Daniel M. Albert at the University of Madison, Wisconsin in Ophthalmic Pathology. Dr. Phelps then went on to complete an a two-year Oculofacial Plastic Surgery Fellowship (ASOPRS) with Dr. Dale Meyer in Albany, New York. During his fellowship he was awarded an EyeWiki Contest Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) for his publication on Canalicular Trauma.
In his four years as an Attending Surgeon at NorthShore University HealthSystem, Dr. Phelps was honored to teach both the ophthalmology and plastic surgery residents of The University of Chicago. He was awarded two grants to teach a simulation lab course on Functional and Cosmetic Oculofacial Plastic Surgery and was awarded a Physician Excellence Award by the operating nursing staff. Dr. Phelps was also promoted from Clinical Assistant Professor to Clinical Associate Professor and authored numerous publications during his tenure at NorthShore.
As the founder of Chicago Oculofacial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Phelps is excited to provide the highest quality for his patients and will continue his service and academic missions in Chicagoland. He spends free time exploring the excellent restaurants and sights in the city as well as spending time with his wife and son. Dr. Phelps is an avid skier and lover of travel and reading.