Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rebecca Garza blends her meticulous surgical technique with a compassionate approach to patient care. She has trained at some of the nation’s most prestigious hospitals and helped teach the next generation of plastic surgeons. 

As a female plastic surgeon, Dr. Garza brings a unique understanding of women’s bodies and life changes to her practice. Her extensive experience performing complex breast reconstruction procedures engendered a sensitive, empathetic approach and precise attention to detail that shows in her remarkable cosmetic surgery results. 

Dr. Garza

An Accomplished Plastic Surgeon 

When Dr. Garza consults with patients considering cosmetic plastic surgery at our Schererville, Indiana, practice, she helps them feel comfortable and relaxed while maintaining the highest standards of professionalism. As a woman and mother, she understands the reasons women (and men) consider aesthetic surgery, and customizes her approach based on their specific goals. 

Education & Training 

Dr. Garza’s impressive credentials include an undergraduate degree from Stanford University in human biology. She returned to the Midwest to earn her medical degree from the University of Illinois, where she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, an elite national medical honor society that recognizes academic distinction. 

She was accepted into Stanford University’s plastic surgery residency program, one of the most prestigious training programs in the country. Following her residency, Dr. Garza went on to complete additional microsurgery fellowship training at the University of Chicago. She accepted an appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Chicago in 2017. 

In her 5 years teaching at the university, Dr. Garza focused on breast reconstruction, lymphedema surgery, and complex reconstructive surgery, in addition to sharing her expertise in cosmetic surgery. She established a reputation for excellence in aesthetic surgery and served as the director of the Aesthetic Surgery Program. 

Her passion for breast reconstruction surgery includes building long-term relationships with her patients, one of whom was featured on national television on Good Morning America

A Reputation Built on Results

A Reputation
Built on Results

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Giving Back Locally & Internationally 

Dr. Garza’s volunteer efforts showcase her empathetic nature and compassion. She has served on international surgical missions in the Philippines, Mexico, and Zimbabwe, providing surgical care to the underserved and educating local physicians in reconstructive surgery. 

In addition to these volunteer missions, Dr. Garza has volunteered as a surgeon for the Fresh Start Caring for Kids Foundation in Chicago and continues to participate in educational outreach through ReSurge International to train plastic surgeons in Africa. 

Board Certification 

American Board of Plastic Surgery 

Professional Activities 

Dr. Garza has served on the Chicago Breast and Lymphedema Symposium program committee and the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery’s Young Microsurgeons Group for several years. She has also served as a board member for the Illinois Society of Plastic Surgeons. 

Additionally, she is an active member of the following professional organizations: 

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons 
  • The Aesthetic Society 
  • American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery 

Researcher and Educator 

Dr. Garza has published more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on subjects such as breast reconstruction, lymphedema, aesthetic surgery, craniofacial surgery, and social issues. 

She is frequently invited to speak at professional conferences and has taught resident physicians, medical students, and undergraduate students. In addition to serving as an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Indiana University Northwest, Dr. Garza is also an instructor for the annual Plastic Surgery Board Review Course at Stanford University. 

Personal Life 

A native of Chicago’s suburbs and Northwest Indiana, Dr. Garza spends as much time as possible with her spouse and 3 sons. She also enjoys traveling, experiencing great food, and exercising. 

If you’re looking for an experienced, female board-certified plastic surgeon and live in Munster, Crown Point, or surrounding areas of Northwest Indiana, request a consultation  with Dr. Garza using the online form or by calling our office at (219) 322-3131