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David Teplica, MD, MFA, Board Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon., , Fellowship in Advanced Surgical Reconstruction of the Face


United States

Dr. David Teplica has created a career that bridges the fields of art and medicine. His photographic work is exhibited worldwide, including in a major museum retrospective in Italy at the Museo d’Istituto degli Innocenti of Florence entitled “Gemelli: Arte e Scienza”. Teplica’s research and educational activities are based at The 803 Foundation in Chicago, an entity he and collaborators created to receive grant support to explore anatomical, creative, and historic initiatives at the Art/Science interface. He also serves on the clinical faculty in Plastic Surgery at the University of Chicago where he lectures and teaches. His current research focuses on the inheritance of anatomic features and ground-breaking 3-dimensional imaging strategies to analyze human anatomy for disease detection and early intervention. By defining the “Mirror Phenomenon” in identical twins, Teplica and colleagues have shown that most skin surface features, facial shape, and the shape of the body itself, are genetically encoded with little to no influence from environmental factors. Expanding on this, in his role as Senior Research Fellow for the Kinsey Institute for Research on Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, Teplica is working to define the “anatomy of gender and sexuality” by identifying and quantifying sexually variable fat pads over the entire body surface. In his clinical surgical world, Teplica cares for a professional clientele, with what may be the highest percentage of male patients of any Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon in the United States, striving for 3-dimensional, gender-appropriate, and natural-appearing anatomic reconfiguration.


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