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The Credentials of Dr. John Q. Cook

John Q. Cook, M.D.

Chicago 312-751-2112
Winnetka 847-446-7562

The Credentials of Dr. John Q. Cook Demonstrate a Lifelong Commitment to Education, Innovation and Excellence

Dr. Cook received his bachelor’s degree cum laude from Yale University with departmental honors in English literature. He returned to Chicago for medical school at Northwestern University Medical School, where he developed a deep interest in plastic surgery.

Dr. Cook was attracted to the legendary department of surgery at Rush University Medical Center, so he pursued his residency in general surgery at that institution. During that residency he obtained a Master’s Degree in Surgical Research from the University of Illinois in a joint program with Rush. Dr. Cook won several awards during his residency including the General Surgery Department Award and the Surgical Sciences Award for his research. He was elected the Chief Resident during his final year at Rush.

When Dr. Cook completed his residency in general surgery, his mentors at Northwestern welcomed him back for his plastic surgery fellowship. During his fellowship, Dr. Cook developed a particular interest in the sub-specialties of aesthetic plastic surgery and breast reconstruction, and these areas remain the focus of his practice to the present day.


As he approached the end of his training, Dr. Cook carefully considered his options. He preferred to remain in Chicago because of his love of the city and deep family roots. His ideal was a practice in a well-respected academic hospital where he could maintain a private practice that would be consistent with his high standards of service. He was delighted when Dr. John Curtin, the Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center, invited him to return to Rush.

Rush is a major center for the treatment of breast cancer, and the opportunity to provide breast reconstruction for the patients of the general surgeons who had trained him was a great honor. The challenges that Dr. Cook faced in complex breast reconstruction surgeries helped him to develop an extensive portfolio of techniques that benefit his patients to this day, whether they come to him for aesthetic or reconstructive breast surgery.

Dr. Cook is pleased to offer his patients advanced techniques of breast surgery including fat transfer to the breast, form stable implants and the structural technique of breast lift and breast reduction.

Our patients enjoy the benefits of a practice that is affiliated with a leading academic medical center, but with the high standards of service that come with a private practice. We have offices on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago and in Winnetka on the North Shore.

Education & Credentials


  • Yale University
  • B.A. Cum Laude
  • Departmental Honors English Literature
  • Northwestern University Medical School, M.D. Degree
  • Rush Presbyterian – St. Luke's Medical Center
  • General Surgery Residency
  • Chief Surgical Resident
  • Surgical Sciences Award Recipient
  • General Surgery Department Award
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Plastic Surgery Residency
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Master's Degree in Surgical Research


  • Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • Attending Plastic Surgeon at Rush University Medical Center
  • Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • Member of the Illinois Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Member of the Chicago Medical Society

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