Aaron Pelletier, MD
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon
Midwestern Regional Medical Center
"I enjoy meeting new people, I encourage asking questions and I always welcome a new challenge. Your safety will always be my primary concern. I take pride in making a personal commitment to each and every one of my patients. Communication is also extremely important to me, and it will remain that way even after we have reached a common goal."
- Aaron Pelletier, MD
- University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill
Internship / Residency
- Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery - University of Chicago Medical Center
- Diplomate, American Board of Plastic Surgery
- Zaccone Family Fellowship in Reconstructive Microsurgery - University of Chicago Medical Center
Practicing Since: 2011
As a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center, Dr. Aaron Pelletier performs complex procedures that help improve appearance, reduce scarring and disfigurement, as well as rebuild or replace removed or injured body parts that may occur as a result of cancer and its treatment. He is skilled in performing reconstructive procedures for the head and neck, breast, chest and abdominal wall, as well as the pelvis and extremities. He has specialized training in breast reconstruction, offering a full spectrum of surgical procedures, including anatomically shaped implants and the microsurgical DIEP flap procedure.
Dr. Pelletier says: “I am thrilled to work at a hospital devoted to cancer care, as it brings me full circle with my first true interest in medicine. Personally, as a plastic surgeon, there is nothing more fulfilling than helping a patient complete his or her battle with cancer.”
“CTCA places an emphasis on well-rounded, comprehensive and centralized care for each individual person,” adds Dr. Pelletier. “In making an effort to individualize treatments and incorporate all components of health and well-being, the process of fighting cancer becomes a more cohesive and less intimidating experience.”
Dr. Pelletier’s personal philosophy is that neither the patient nor the surgeon crosses a finish line until both are on the same page. He says, “There can be many options and many steps in reconstructive surgery, so I place a priority on clear and informative communication to establish realistic expectations, and I try to involve my patients along every step of the way. In the end, it is a matter of trust that can only be earned by caring. So the better I understand my patients, and the more I enable them to understand my role in their care, the more likely we are to achieve a successful outcome.”
Dr. Pelletier completed a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. He earned a medical degree from the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine in Chapel Hill. He then completed a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery, in addition to the Zaccone Family Fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery, both at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Dr. Pelletier is a certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery and the Illinois Society of Plastic Surgeons. He has served as co-investigator for multiple research initiatives and as a research technician at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Additionally, his work has been published in the Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery, Current Reconstructive Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Outside of the hospital, Dr. Pelletier devotes his time to his family. He and his wife, who is also a physician, have two beautiful young children and a golden retriever. Whether it’d be walks to the park, bike rides along the lake or camping and hiking in the mountains, the Pelletier family enjoys being outdoors. Dr. Pelletier also enjoys skiing and playing tennis and golf.