• About Dr. Sweis
  • Practice Philosophy
  • Philanthropy
  • Honors & Awards
  • Media


Dr. Sweis Portrait

          Dr. Iliana Sweis is the director of the North Shore Center for Plastic Surgery, Ltd. located in Northbrook, Illinois, and is the Past President of the Illinois Society of Plastic Surgeons. She is also Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Her clinical appointments include several other hospitals and surgical centers in the Chicago area.

          In recognition of her professional accomplishments, Dr. Sweis has been repeatedly selected by Castle Connolly and the Consumers Research Council of America as one of the Top Plastic Surgeons in America. In recognition of her surgical volunteer work, Dr. Sweis also has the honor of being the recipient of Jordan’s Award of Highest Distinction, bestowed by King Hussein I of Jordan in 1996.

          Dr. Sweis earned her medical degree at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. She completed a residency in general surgery at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, followed by a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Northwestern University. Dr. Sweis is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. She focuses her practice exclusively on cosmetic surgery. Her areas of expertise include surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures, breast augmentation procedures, and body contouring.

Practice Philosophy

          It is my sincerest wish that plastic surgery patients understand all of the possible ramifications of their decisions so that they may experience a pleasure that many others can only imagine.

          For women and men, looking better has a tremendous impact on self-esteem because of their own critical evaluation and because of society's expectations. The sense of confidence that allows a woman or a man to emanate grace when she or he enters a room stems from within and how they perceive themselves. It is not necessarily something that is bestowed upon them by society or by others' admiration. All of us arrive at this self-actualization by feeling comfortable in our own skin.

          Many facets of an individual's life contribute to arriving at this personal acceptance. They span across seeing our accomplishments and accolades, appreciating the success of our personal and professional relationships, learning from and accepting our failures, recognizing the beauty and limitations of our physical attributes, and in some cases, exploring the possibility of altering those physical attributes.

          The decision to change one's appearance, no matter how small that change may be, is a highly personal one, often accompanied by uncertainty. If you believe that improving one or more of your physical attributes will provide a greater degree of personal comfort, then exploring the possibility of plastic surgery or some of the non-surgical cosmetic procedures is a reasonable option.

          The consultation process is critically important and I take whatever time you need to determine if these procedures are right for you. There is no "standard procedure”. Each patient in my practice is a unique individual and is treated as such. Some may require plastic surgery to achieve their goals, while others may benefit from a minor non-surgical approach for their care. Together, you and I will customize your entire treatment to meet your specific needs. My goal is to utilize the most advanced surgical or non-surgical techniques required to achieve your objectives. My commitment is to provide concierge personal service, maximize your safety and create your best natural cosmetic outcome. Plastic surgery may not add years to your life, but it is my sincerest hope that it adds life to your years.


The Royal Service Children’s Foundation (1996-1999)

  • Dr. Sweis is Founder & President
  • Sponsor: The late King Hussein I of Jordan
  • 501(c)3 Foundation

The Royal Service Children's Foundation conducted medical missions to Jordan to perform reconstructive surgery on children from 1996-1999. Each year, Dr. Sweis led a group of 12-14 people consisting of highly-regarded plastic surgeons, urologists, anesthesiologists, and nurses from Chicago to Jordan to operate on children in need. Everyone volunteered their skills and time. Their efforts were enthusiastically supported and sponsored by the late King Hussein I of Jordan.

The Cutting Edge Foundation (2012-present)

  • Dr. Sweis is Founder & President
  • 501(c)3 Foundation

The Cutting Edge Foundation provides for funding of surgical procedures and surgical research to advance the art of surgery for the purpose of treating those with physical deformities, medical and surgical diseases, but limited financial means of obtaining such care. The funding is also provided to medical institutions recognized for their expertise in treating, medical and surgical diseases, as well as their strong commitment to treating those with limited financial means. The members of The Cutting Edge Foundation consist of physicians, nurses, and lay people all of whom volunteer their services.

Honors & Awards

Honorary Medal

Jordan’s Gold Medal of Highest Distinction (1997) - Bestowed by His Majesty King Hussein l for the philanthropic work Dr. Sweis and her surgical team of performed on the children of Jordan.

Honorary Societies & Awards

  • Castle Connelly Top Doctor (2003-2017)
  • Top Plastic Surgeons in Chicago (Castle Connelly 2012)
  • Top Plastic Surgeons in America (Consumers Research Council of America 2006-2017)
  • Top Surgeons in America (Consumers Research Council of America 2006-2017)
  • Top Physicians in America (Consumers Research Council of America 2002-2005)
  • Cardiovascular Surgery Research Fellowship (1989)
  • Summa Cum Laude (1986)
  • Loyola University Biology Department Honors Award (1986) Dean’s List (1982 - 1986)
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta - The Honors Premedical Society (1984 - 1986)
  • Psi Chi - The National Honor Society in Psychology (1984 - 1986)
  • Beta Beta Beta - The Honors Society in Biology (1983 - 1986)
  • Helen S. Rood Scholarship (1984)
  • J.B. Lavezzario Scholarship (1983)