About Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Kotis
Dr. John A. Kotis is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon with over 16 years of experience in medicine and surgery. In addition to being a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, he has completed a three-year general surgery residency and a four-year residency and fellowship in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Kotis has been educated and trained far beyond general medicine and surgery.
As part of a teaching faculty, he is educated and trained on the latest technologies and procedures in plastic surgery in order to provide the most advanced techniques to his patients. He is also very skilled in an aesthetic perception with each patient, producing natural-looking results.
Dr. Kotis was elected as the chairman of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons Section of Plastic Surgery from 2012 to 2014 and is currently the Board Examiner and test question writer for doctors who are working to become board-certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery. He has been featured in many well-known magazines and on television and is rated as a “Top Doc” on www.realself.com, a privilege awarded to only 10 percent of doctors on RealSelf.
In addition to being a well-known plastic surgeon in Chicago, he is a husband and father of three. When not practicing medicine, he tries to spend as much time as possible with his family.
One on One with DR.KOTIS
DESCRIBE YOUR PHILOSOPHY.
“I treat patients as I would my own family.”
“Communication starts with listening.”
“You have to focus on improvement rather than perfection“, and that’s one thing I strive for and I take extra time (be in consultation or over the phone) to explain to my patients. I consistently take courses and read journals because I believe that this area of medicine cannot remain stagnant. ” New techniques arising in our own jurisdiction and from various parts of the world be it Europe or South America add freshness, innovation, and challenge for plastic surgeons.” That innovation and fresh approach ultimately benefits my patients in better results and allows me to give my patients the BEST possible service; I’m also part of a teaching faculty, which compels me to keep up with the latest technologies and procedures. I pride myself in my aesthetic judgment with each individual case, as no two are the same. That artistry is what makes plastic surgery unique.
How Do You Best Educate Your Patients?
All initial patient consultation are conducted by me. I do this because this area of medicine requires a clear understanding of patient expectations and desires. It also requires assessment on the part of the patient of capability and character of the physician.
“All initial consultations are simply job interviews that require an applicant and a person conducting the interview. Patients conduct the interview, and I am the applicant attempting to instill trust in my abilities. In the real world outside of medicine if you are applying for a position you have to show up to the interview, you cannot send someone else to do it for you!”
Patients assess the Dr.’s capability via review of before and after pictures of previous consenting patients with Dr. Kotis. During this time, they can ask questions about various results and get a better understanding of the procedure itself. Dr. Kotis can best tailor the appropriate treatment for the right candidates.
Moreover, we offer a select database of former patients who have agreed / consented to connect with our new patients about procedures, results and more. It gives them an unbiased opinion and makes them feel more comfortable.
What Makes Your Practice Distinctive?
In the hospitality industry it is termed “Concierge Treatment”, at the Center for Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery, we specialize in providing our clients with a “safe, private, comfortable, and supportive environment to achieve all of their cosmetic goals” in addition to conveniences such as an on-site state of the art JCAHO accredited surgical facility, as well as evening and weekend hours, recovery suites, car service, hotel arrangements and more.
Our state of the art facility Arlington Surgery Care Center in Arlington Heights, IL has been accredited by The Joint Commission which has surveyed this organization and found it to meet the requirements for the Office-Based Surgery Accreditation Program. The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit, national body that oversees the safety and quality of health care and other services provided in accredited organization.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT PLASTIC SURGERY?
Plastic surgery is constantly evolving with new techniques and procedures. It also allows a physician to treat a patient both on a physical and psychological level. The degree of change and impact on a person’s life is dramatic.“There is an element of creating happiness in others that gives me an immense sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.”
WHY SHOULD YOUR SKILL SET / TECHNIQUE BE TRUSTED?
I am a board certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. I have completed a 3-year general surgery residency a 4-year residency and fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive surgery. I have been educated and trained far beyond general medicine and surgery.
I am part of a teaching faculty, which compels me to keep up with the latest technologies and procedures. I pride myself in my aesthetic judgment with each individual case, as no two are the same. That artistry is what makes plastic surgery unique.
I have hospital privileges to perform plastic and reconstructive procedures in 9 hospitals in the downtown Chicago area and surrounding suburbs.
I was elected 2012-14 Chairman of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons Section of Plastic Surgery. I’m also presently a Board Examiner and a test question writer for the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery Section of Plastic Surgery, testing doctors to become board-certified in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
IS IT OK IF SOMEONE REFERS TO YOU AS A COSMETIC SURGEON?
Absolutely NOT! There is a huge difference between someone that refers to themselves as a cosmetic surgeon and one that refers to themselves as a plastic surgeon. Cosmetic surgeons are not board certified in plastic surgery. They are board certified in another specialty such as obstetrics, emergency room or ear nose and throat. These “cosmetic physicians” do not have hospital privileges to conduct plastic surgery procedures in hospitals; they did not complete a residency in plastic surgery and have little to no formal training in plastic surgery outside of courses that are constantly offered by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and other avenues.
WHAT IS THIS SLIM LINE ABDOMINOPLASTY THAT MOST OF YOUR PATIENTS RAVE ABOUT?
Dr. Kotis and his staff are committed to offering the latest surgical innovations for the body to each of their patients. The “Slim Line Abdominoplasty” gives patients a two-in-one tummy tuck. “Not only do I tighten the muscles in the midline, but I also tighten the muscles on the horizontal side by the love handles to give more of a V-shaped look for a trimmer abdomen. It accentuates the hip area and patients love that. Most patients also opt for a breast augmentation or breast lift in conjunction with the abdominoplasty. The results are simply unfathomable and amazing!
WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF WORK?
My family is my core. My wife and I are celebrating our 7th anniversary this year, and we have three beautiful children (2 boys and a girl) that keep me very busy because they are all 4 and under. I try to spend as much time with them as possible. They motivate me, and their innocence keeps me grounded and humble. I am truly blessed to have them, their laughter is intoxicating, and their hugs are even better. “I want to be known as a great surgeon….but ultimately I would like to be known as an even greater father”.