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Daniel J. Ritacca, M.D.
- American Society of Plastic Surgeons
- American Academy of Ophthalmology
- American Board of Plastic Surgery
- American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
- International Society of Refractive Surgery
- American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- American Board of Ophthalmology
- American College of Surgeons
Describe the most rewarding experience that you have had working with a patient?
When I was doing charity work in the jungles of Panama. I would operate on the most unfortunate people on the planet. It was a reward in itself when the patient's were relieved of their misery and were able to see again.
What is your charity organization of choice and why?
'Food For The Poor' simply because I believe this is a basic need and it should be fulfilled.
What is your favorite quote or saying?
"Count your blessings"
What makes your specialties the right fields of medicine for you?
I enjoy all the specialities of mediciine. I excelled in medical school and I felt that ophthalmology was most fascinating because of the microscopic and plastic work around the eyelids.
Finish this sentence: If I weren't a doctor I would be___.
an architect or a missionary.
When (your age) did you first realize you wanted to enter the health & medical field? And did you experience anything in particular to motivate you to achieve this prestigious goal?
I realized I wanted to be a doctor in my early teen years. My motivation was my uncle who was also a doctor.
Can you tell us in your own words what you consider a perfect outcome of a surgical procedure?
The perfect outcome for me is when a patient is extremely happy with their laser vision correction. It is extremely rewarding when a patient states that they have never seen like this before and that it was one of the best things they have ever done in their life.
What is your favorite procedure to perform and why?
Removing skin cancers and laser vision correction.
In a perfect world, when would you like to retire, where would you go and what would you do?
I would like to go back into the jungles of Africa or Panama and would like to continue to work and offer my services to the needy. I feel that at the end of life, it is not what we own, what we have, or what hobbies we have endeavored, but how much we have given. That is what we will be judged on.
What Sets Us Apart
Our use of state-of-the-art lasers, individualized surgical solutions, and the safest medical techniques gives us a leading edge in providing total patient satisfaction. We work as an integrated staff to provide carefully personalized solutions.
University of Illinois
Northwestern Hospital in Ophthalmology
Alpha Omega Alpha Award for Excellence in Medicine
Chicago Plastic Surgery Society
Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons
International Society of Clinical Plastic Surgeons
American Cleft-Palate-Cranofacial Association
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