For Lawrence H. Iteld, M. D., there’s always more than what meets the eye. A leading and acclaimed plastic surgeon, Dr. Iteld treats surgical procedures as not just a visual enhancement, but a tool to foster patient confidence, self-esteem, and satisfaction. A certified member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Iteld joined Chicago’s premier institution of plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, The Geldner Center, to create long-lasting partnerships with each patient and promote top personal care.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Dr. Iteld gravitated toward medicine at Rutgers College where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Science and Economics. Continuing on to the University of Michigan Medical School, he graduated with an M.D. with distinction in research. He arrived in Chicago in 1998 to train in plastic surgery at the University of Chicago Hospitals, where he met esteemed surgeon and founder of The Geldner Center, Peter D. Geldner, M.D. After completing a residency in the departments of General Surgery, and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Iteld was promoted to the Chief Resident of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Dr. Iteld trained at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center to complete his fellowship in microsurgery and oncologic reconstruction, followed by the University of Miami, where he served as an Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery. After training and working in several prestigious settings, Dr. Iteld returned to Chicago, realizing that The Geldner Center would be an ideal place to practice and grow as a plastic surgeon. He serves as Chief of Plastic Surgery at Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital and Mercy Hospital and maintains attending affiliations with St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago, Adventist Hinsdale and Adventist LaGrange Hospitals.
Upon re-connecting with Dr. Geldner, the medical duo now works to prioritize patient-centered care, continued self-education, and long-lasting results. Dr. Iteld’s clinical interests focus on aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the female breast and facial aesthetics. With vast experience in a broad spectrum of techniques for reconstruction after cancer surgery and traumatic injury (including newer free flap procedures), Dr. Iteld continually seeks to provide patients with up-to-date, cutting-edge care through commitment, concierge service, and accessibility. Dr. Iteld is passionate about assisting clients with their journey to self-improvement. For him, nothing surpasses seeing patients three months post-surgery as they exude a sense of confidence and fulfillment, having achieved their goals – and knowing that he played a small, but significant, part in that process.
A published author of various journal articles, exhibitions, and a chapter about breast reconstruction, Dr. Iteld touts an impressive roster of experience and results and has lectured at numerous conferences and roundtables. He has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, the RedEye on WGN-TV, and more, and was selected for America’s Top Surgeons and America’s Top Plastic Surgeons in 2009. A member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the Illinois Society of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Iteld remains an active participant in the world of medicine and lives in Hinsdale with his wife and family.
"I view cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery as evolving from the same goal - to help people feel better about their appearance and to look, on the outside, the way they feel inside. To achieve the best possible results, we create a partnership between me and my patients. I work with them to understand their desires, goals, and needs, and tailor an individual treatment plan in order to translate their dreams into realities. My greatest professional satisfaction comes from seeing patients feel good about their appearance. When I hear them tell me that they now wear clothing they were unable to wear before, or get compliments about how wonderful they look from their friends and family; I know we have succeeded together."
Lawrence Iteld, MD