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About Clark F. Schierle, MD, PhD, FACS

Dr. Clark Friedrich Schierle is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon at Northwestern Specialists in Plastic Surgery, located in Chicago, IL. He specializes in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, breast, and body. He currently serves as President of the Illinois Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Schierle graduated Summa Cum Laude with the highest college and departmental honors from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he began as a full-time student at the precocious age of twelve. After completing a postgraduate research fellowship in Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, he spent the next ten years earning a PhD in the same subject as well as a MD, both from Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts.

Professional Background

Dr. Clark Schierle’s work in advancing both the cosmetic and reconstructive aspects of plastic surgery has been nationally recognized by awards from both the Wound Healing Society and The Aesthetic Society. He has been asked to present at national and international meetings such as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The Aesthetic Society, the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, the Chinese Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations.

Education & Training

Dr. Schierle received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he began as a full-time student at the precocious age of twelve.

After completing a postgraduate research fellowship in Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, he went on to earn an MD from Harvard Medical School and a PhD in Microbiology & Molecular Genetics from Harvard University.

Dr. Schierle completed his training in plastic surgery in Chicago, IL, at the prestigious seven-year Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency program at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, where he received extensive training in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, breast and body.

He has trained and worked extensively with surgeons from Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Children's Memorial Hospital, NorthShore University HealthSystem including Evanston, Glenbrook and Highland Park Hospitals, Chicago's Shriners Hospital, and the Chicago Center for the Surgery of the Hand.


Practice, Clark F. Schierle MD, PhD, FACS

676 N St Clair St
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

Questions Answered

Asked 2018-01-09

I'm 21 years old and I haven't been happy with my breasts for years and I have tried a few different ways to increase my breast size, are there any other ways I can naturally increase my breast size before I consider breast augmentation? I have not had any kids and I've heard after pregnancy you go…

3 Answers
Clark F. Schierle, MD, PhD, FACS
Answered: 2018-01-16
Breast augmentation is a safe and effective way to increase the size of your breasts. That being said it is still an invasive surgical procedure and you should weigh the pros and cons carefully. It may be worth taking the time to consult with a board certified ASAPS member surgeon in your area so you can learn more and make an educated an informed decision about how best to proceed. Good luck with your journey!
Asked 2018-01-08

Hello I was wondering if it’s safe to use marijuana before a breast reduction surgery. My surgery is scheduled for January 22nd. Last time I smoked was January 7.

4 Answers
Clark F. Schierle, MD, PhD, FACS
Answered: 2018-01-16
Let your surgeon and anesthesia provider know. Try to cut back to avoid any healing problems from inhaling smoke. Smokeless options may be safer from a wound healing standpoint.
Asked 2017-12-22

I am a Crew Lead at an Insulation Company in Massachusetts. I run my own insulation jobs with 1 or 2 helpers and I'm also a smoker. I got 450cc Saline implants under the muscle and it's been exactly 4 weeks post-operative. However, I still feel a lot of muscle tightening just from doing little…

5 Answers
Clark F. Schierle, MD, PhD, FACS
Answered: 2017-12-23
Breast implants under the muscle should not hinder your ability to perform most tasks once your are healed in 6-8 weeks. Lighter activity can be resumed in as early as a week or two. It is a fact that since the surgery affects your muscles and the way they move, using your chest for strenuous activity may feel funny for a long time, even permanently. I warn my higher functioning active patients about this. We have a lot of patients that participate in triathlons, marathons, teach yoga or pilates, etc... Most are able to resume their activities but do report that their chest never quite “feels the same”. Listen to your body and make sure you don’t do anything painful and you should be ok. Ask for help if you need to. You can always use the cover story of a “hernia repair” if you don’t want your coworkers knowing that you had cosmetic surgery. Hope that helps!
Asked 2017-09-20

Is it possible or advisable to have an abdominoplasty with liposuction to abdomen and hips, breast augmentation and liposuction to my thighs all during the same surgery?

8 Answers
Clark F. Schierle, MD, PhD, FACS
Answered: 2017-11-07
Absolutely. A board certified plastic surgeon with experience in these procedures should be able to help you decide on how best to proceed.

Additional Information

Office Hours
Monday 8AM–6PM
Tuesday 8AM–6PM
Wednesday 8AM–6PM
Thursday 8AM–6PM
Friday 8AM–5PM
Saturday 9AM–2PM
Sunday Closed
Consultation Price
Contact Northwestern Specialists in Plastic Surgery (NSPS) today and schedule an appointment to speak with Dr. Schierle about rediscovering your inner beauty and realizing the personal image you have always desired. Call today at 312.736.7545 to schedule a consultation in Chicago, Illinois.
Insurance Options
We accept the following insurance. Not all procedures may be covered, so please call your insurance company and our office for verification.

BCBS HMO Illinois/ Blue Advantage/ Blue Precision Sites:
493 -Kishwaukee Hospital
477 -Del nor Hospital
475 -Central DuPage Hospital
BCBS HMO Illinois
487 -Lake Forest Hospital
489 -Northwestern Memorial Hospital
471-Huntley, Woodstock and McHenry Hospitals
BCBS Medicare Advantage HMO -Site 757
BCBS PPO Illinois
Galaxy MCI
Health link
Humana ChoiceCare
Humana Commercial
Humana Military
Imagine Health
PHCS Savility-remove
Preferred Plan
The Alliance
United Healthcare (including Medicare Advantage)
Option 3 Contracts*: Cigna Collaborative Accountable Care
United Healthcare Primary Care Physician Incentive, BCBS Accountable Care Organization
Financing Available
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Board Certifications
Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)
Society Memberships
The Aesthetic Society
American Medical Association (AMA)
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS)
Hospital Affiliation(s)
Shriners Hospital for Children – Chicago
Mercy Hospital and Medical Center
University of Illinois at Chicago
Presence Saint Joseph Hospital
Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital

Clark F. Schierle, MD, PhD, FACS

Practice, Clark F. Schierle MD, PhD, FACS

676 N St Clair St
Chicago, IL 60611
United States