Department of Surgery
Rebecca Garza is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon with expertise in breast cancer reconstruction and microsurgical treatment of lymphedema, a chronic swelling of the limbs that occurs in patients whose lymph nodes have been removed or who have received radiation therapy during cancer treatments. She also performs reconstructive surgery for head and neck, extremity, and trunk conditions, as well as aesthetic surgery of the face, breast, and body.
An active researcher, Garza has studied adipose-derived stem cells and fat grafting, and has published clinical research on lymphedema, burn immunology, craniofacial surgery, and microsurgical breast reconstruction. She has volunteered for mission trips in the Philippines, Mexico, and Zimbabwe, where she provided surgical care to the underserved and educated local physicians in reconstructive surgery.
She holds a BA in human biology from Stanford University and an MD from the University of Illinois College of Medicine Chicago Campus. She completed an internship and a plastic surgery residency at Stanford University, and a fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery at the University of Chicago.