James Banich, MD
Dr. James Banich
Board Certified in Plastic Surgery
Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
An experienced general plastic surgeon, Dr. James Banich treats cosmetic and reconstructive issues encompassing the whole body. Dr. Banich began his training with a special focus on the head and neck. He completed a residency in otolaryngology, head and neck surgery at Loyola University Medical Center outside of Chicago and achieved board certification.
Dr. Banich also loved the creative and artistic aspects of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, and he became somewhat frustrated with limiting his scope to simply working above the shoulders. While he was deciding whether to subspecialize in facial plastics, Dr. Banich was recruited by the general plastic surgery department at Loyola, where he spent three years generalizing in plastic surgery.
During this time, he learned to treat not only cosmetic and reconstructive issues of the head and neck such as blepharoplasty and rhinoplasty, but also cosmetic and reconstructive breast issues, burns, chronic wounds, and traditional plastic surgery work like body contouring and liposuction.
After training, Dr. Banich began practicing in northwest Wisconsin at the Mayo Clinic Health System. For 10 years he served the Chippewa Valley region as the sole plastic surgeon, also serving as an extended partner of his colleagues at the Mayo Clinic in nearby Minnesota. He obtained board certification in plastic surgery in 2008.
Throughout his 10 years in practice with Mayo, Dr. Banich grew to love what he defines as cosmetic reconstruction: re-establishing form and function of the face, nose, breast, and abdomen after cancer, after trauma, after pregnancy, or simply after the cumulative effects of time.
In addition, reconstruction after skin cancer removal has always been a passion for Dr. Banich, blending his love for facial reconstruction and his desire for aesthetic restoration of form and function. It is this desire that led him to join forces with Vanguard in 2017.
Throughout his tenure in the Mayo Health System, Dr. Banich was recognized for excellent patient satisfaction and was chosen in 2015 to serve as the Patient Experience Champion of the northwest Wisconsin region of the Mayo Health System. He accepted the position because of his strong belief that the needs of the patient always come first. The first step in meeting a patient’s expectations is to understand those expectations.
Dr. Banich is an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, and American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.
Dr. Banich was born in Chicago and had multiple interests through high school, playing both baseball and football. While attending Princeton University, an illness during his freshman year cut short his baseball career. Dr. Banich studied pre-med, science, animal behavior, and acting. He developed a passion for the arts and humanities while performing in 7 major productions at Princeton. In addition, his love for the outdoors led to a stint studying wild horses in North Carolina.
After earning his undergraduate degree in ecology and evolutionary biology, Dr. Banich soon decided to choose medicine, but it was his love for the arts, sculpture, and design that attracted him to plastic surgery. He graduated magna cum laude from the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University in Maywood, Illinois, where he also completed residencies in otolaryngology and plastic and reconstructive surgery.
While in medical school, Dr. Banich also met his wife, who inspires him to this day. They have four kids who grew up and thrived in Wisconsin with a love for the outdoors. The opportunity to grow with Vanguard was one that Dr. Banich could not afford to miss, and when the family decided to move to Colorado, his brood of dancer, runner, volleyballer/singer, and ninja warrior were all eager to discover what the beauty of Colorado would offer.
PUBLICATIONS & AWARDS
- Mayo Health System Service Gold Excellence Award for outstanding patient experience 2008, 2015 (achieving greater than 95th percentile for patient experience)
- Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, elected 1998, voted Loyola section president by peers
- Chicago Society of Plastic Surgeons Senior Resident Paper Competition, Second Place, June 2007
- Keely Traveling Scholarship Winner, Loyola Medical Center Department of Surgery, awarded to outstanding senior resident/fellow across surgical disciplines; studied with Dr. Barry Zide and Dr. Frederick Menick, April 2007
- Peter Girgis Research Award Runner-up, Department of Otolaryngology, 2002
- Award for Excellence in the Clinical Sciences, Magna Cum Laude, Loyola Medical School, 1999
- Gunnar scholarship awardee recognizing academic excellence and class leadership. Loyola Medical School, 1999
- Sigma Xi Scientific Honor Society, Princeton University, 1993
Banich, J., Kolesiak, K., Lathers, D., Matz, G., Young, M., “The Effects of Gelfoam Implants Impregnated with Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor post Tumor Excision in Mice,” Journal of Immunology, 2004
Fowler, S., Leonetti, J., Banich, J., Lee, J., Wurster, R., Young, M., “Duration of Neuronal Stretch correlates with Functional Loss,” Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, 2001
Banich, J., Bier-Laning, C., Reyes, C. “Sebaceous Lymphadenoma of the Parotid Gland Diagnosed via Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy,” Acta Cytologica, in print.
Subperiosteal Static Facial Suspension for Facial Paralysis, Accepted for Presentation at the Aesthetic Facial Reconstructive Symposium, Tuscon, AZ, February 2006
Cutaneous Malignancy, Loyola Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Grand Rounds, April 2005
Microsurgery, Loyola Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Grand Rounds, January 2005
Lower Extremity Reconstruction, Loyola Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Grand Rounds, October 2004
Sebaceous Lymphadenoma of the Parotid Gland Identified by Fine Needle Aspiration, Poster presentation Trilogic Society Middle Section, Indianapolis, IN, January 2003
Nasal Analysis and Refinement of the Nasal Tip, Loyola Department of Otolaryngology, Grand Rounds, December 2002
The Effects of Gelfoam Implants Treated with Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor after Tumor Excision, Poster Presentation, American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Meeting, San Diego, CA, September 2002
Perinatal Management of a Massive Cervical Teratoma, Oral Presentation at the Society of Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children (SENTAC) Meeting, San Diego, CA, December 2001
Vestibular Rehabilitation after Excision of Acoustic Neuroma, Poster Presentation, American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Meeting, 1998