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Clark Schierle, M.D., Ph.D.

Clark Schierle, M.D., Ph.D.

Clark Schierle, M.D., Ph.D., FACS, is a board-certified plastic surgeon who provides microsurgery and plastic surgery services as part of the Chicago Shriners Hospital’s cleft lip and palate, and craniofacial plastic surgery services. Dr. Schierle has impressive credentials. He graduated summa cum laude from UCLA at age 16 and then attended Harvard University for a six-year Ph.D. and four-year M.D. program. He followed that up with a residency in integrated plastic surgery at Northwestern University.

Dr. Schierle has a special interest in microsurgical issues that require the use of a surgical microscope to disconnect or reconnect very small arteries, veins and nerves in an effort to treat complex wounds, restore facial nerve function and help kids smile again. “Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago has always been a magical place to me,” Schierle said. He was inspired by the medical staff working as a team to help children overcome the obstacles they faced. “I remember being really impressed at this model for integrated health care delivery, providing the highest possible level of care in a way that was still cost effective. This is a model you do see elsewhere, but I personally haven’t seen it executed as well as I see it at the Chicago Shriners Hospital.”

During his early medical training Schierle worked with burn specialists at the Boston Shriners Hospital, where he began to learn more about the Shriners, the men’s fraternal organization that founded the Shriners Hospitals for Children health care system and continues to operate the 22 locations to this day. His interest in the Shriners peaked during his Chief residency at Northwestern when he rotated at the Chicago Shriners Hospital. In May 2009, he joined the Medinah Shriners.

Professionally, Dr. Schierle also serves as director of aesthetic surgery at Northwestern Specialists in Plastic Surgery in Chicago. He is an active contributor and board member of numerous local and national professional medical organizations, and the current president of the Illinois Society of Plastic Surgeons.


  • Undergraduate, University of California, Los Angeles, Summa Cum Laude, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. Accepted at age 12 as full-time undergraduate student.
  • Medical School and Ph.D., Harvard Medical School. Accepted at age 16 into combined M.D.-Ph.D. program.
  • Internship and Residency, general surgery, Northwestern University Medical Center.
  • Post-doctoral Research Fellowship, Wound Healing Research Laboratory, Northwestern University.
  • Residency, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Northwestern University, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago.