Renee Burke, MD
Long before becoming an accomplished plastic surgeon in Barrington, IL, Dr. Renee Burke got her first glimpse of surgery while volunteering in an operating room. Her mom worked as a nurse and young Renee had the chance to watch a plastic surgeon at work. Recalling that transformative moment, she says “I just fell in love with it.”
That passion ultimately led Dr. Burke to establish her Barrington plastic surgery practice, where Dr. Burke specializes in cosmetic breast surgery, facial rejuvenation, and body contouring procedures all in the privacy of her own fully-accredited surgical facility. Her reputation for creating beautiful, natural-looking results attracts patients from throughout northwest Illinois.
Dr. Burke’s impeccable credentials and training include a plastic surgery residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and 2 surgical fellowships.
Dr. Burke’s approach to aesthetic surgery consultations involves much more than performing a physical exam. She is interested in her patients’ motivation for wanting plastic surgery and understanding their expectations. She believes a physical exam tells only part of the story. Understanding her patients’ motivations, aesthetic goals, and what is going on in their lives helps reveal what Dr. Burke calls “the beauty within” the person.
Dr. Burke excelled in her studies and surgical training, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Michigan before earning a medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 2002. She initially pursued general surgery, completing an internship and residency at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. During that residency she again found herself drawn to plastic surgery, a “head-to-toe” specialty that combines surgical precision with a need for aesthetic vision.
After completing her plastic surgery residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Dr. Burke had the rare opportunity to get advanced training in 2 yearlong surgical fellowships. She first trained under Dr. S. Anthony Wolfe, the director of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Children’s Hospital of Miami, and then completed an oculoplastic and aesthetic fellowship under the late Dr. Mark A. Codner.
Dr. Burke is one of the few female plastic surgeons practicing in the Chicago metropolitan area and she has an all-female staff. That provides a unique perspective into the concerns that women have when they seek either cosmetic surgery or nonsurgical aesthetic treatments. As a mother, Dr. Burke also knows how pregnancy can change women’s bodies and leave them feeling less confident.
Dr. Burke’s aesthetic practice is a well-known entity in the northwest Chicagoland area with a busy surgical practice, as well as an advanced non-surgical laser and skin medical spa.