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Research Studies at CCSD

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Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology has a collaborative research team to advance in the fields of cosmetic surgery and dermatology. Our Providers and research staff follow Good Clinical Practice guidelines as well as FDA regulations. Our practice wide standard of care is maintained during all research related matters. The study patient and their care is of the utmost importance.

In the few short years that we’ve begun work in research we have focused on cosmetic procedures including injectables and device trials for the treatment of a range of conditions including cellulite, treatment of active facial lines, and enhancement of the abdominal muscles in postpartum women.

Our studies include those that were investigator initiated, sponsor initiated and FDA monitored.

Dr. Carolyn Jacob

Medical Director and Co-director of Research and Board-Certified Dermatologist
Dr. Jacob has over 20 years of research experience. She has performed clinical studies on excessive sweat reduction with miraDry technology, cellulite reduction treatments, and body shaping with High Frequency Electromagnetic Energy (HIFEM) Emsculpt treatments. Click here to read her research publications, journal articles plus national and international presentations.


Dr. Omer IbrahimDr. Omer Ibrahim

Co-director of Research and Board-Certified Dermatologist
Dr. Ibrahim is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, and an active member of the American Academy of Dermatology, Women’s Dermatology Society, American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, and American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. He has over 6 years of cosmetic and dermatologic research and has participated in numerous research trials covering topics  from hair loss to innovative laser anti-aging treatments. He has also published over 50 scientific papers and presented at national and international meetings.

Brittany Rank, PA-CBrittany Rank, PA-C

Specializes in dermatologic and cosmetic care as part of the research team.
Brittany is also a member of the Illinois Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (ISDPA) and the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). Brittany has 2 years of cosmetic research experience, has performed research for body shaping with High Frequency Electromagnetic Energy (HIFEM) and research for cellulite treatment.

Alejandra Rodas

Senior Clinical Research Coordinator

Alejandra joined CCSD from the Emergency Medicine Department at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is from Chicago and has been in the field of research since 2017, most recently working on palliative and emergency medicine studies with approximately 300 subjects.

George Matta

Research Study Coordinator
George graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelors in Neuroscience. Prior to joining CCSD, he was a medical assistant as well as clinical research assistant. Passionate about health & fitness, George enjoys the outdoors, from beach walks to mountain hikes!

Our research coordinators can be reached by phone & text: 312.245.9965 ext. 5021

or email: research@chicagodermatology.com 

Upcoming Research Studies:

  • Midface Augmentation Study- TBA
  • Psoriasis Topical Cream Study- TBA 

Research Studies Currently Enrolling:

  • Post-care product effectiveness after CO2 laser treatments
  • Study of a topical product’s effectiveness in improving skin fragility for individuals who have dermatoporosis

Research Studies Fully Enrolled and Ongoing:

  • Décolletage Wrinkles Study
  • Waist Circumference Reduction Study

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