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Research Studies at CCSD

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 research on excessive sweat reduction with miraDry technology, cellulite treatments, and body shaping with High Frequency Electromagnetic Energy (HIFEM) Emsculpt treatments.

Dr. 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 6 years of cosmetic and dermatologic research. He has participated in numerous research trials covering topics ranging from hair loss to innovative laser anti-aging treatments. In addition, he has published over 50 scientific papers and presented his research at national and international meetings.

Brittany 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 preformed research for body shaping with High Frequency Electromagnetic Energy (HIFEM) and research for cellulite treatment.

Our study coordinators include Kirstie Jackson who brings over a decade of patient care and Audrey Black who brings two years of hands on Clinical Research experience focused on total body health.

Our coordinators can be reached by phone: 312.245.9965 ext. 1440 or by email:

[email protected]  | [email protected]

Upcoming trials include:

  • Cellulite study – treatment with an investigation device that utilizes rapid acoustic pulse (RAP) technology to diminish the appearance of cellulite. We are looking for female patients age 18-50 with severe cellulite in the buttock and back upper thigh area.
  • Studies of all kinds are in the start up process and will be available to the public soon. Keep an eye out for email and website updates regarding new enrolling studies!

If you are interested in participating in one of our clinical trials please complete form below and our research coordinator will be in contact with you.