IU Health
Leigh J. Spera, MD - Plastic Surgery, Surgical Critical Care

Leigh J. Spera, MD

IU Health

Plastic Surgery | Surgical Critical Care

Accepting New Patients
  • Biography
  • Locations
  • Specialties & Details

Dr. Leigh Spera grew up in the greater Chicagoland area and received her Bachelor of Science degree from Loyola University Chicago. She remained in Chicago to obtain her medical degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine where her interests in surgery and burn began. She then went on to complete sequential general surgery and plastic surgery residencies at Indiana University. After eight years at IU, Dr. Spera finished her final year of training in Los Angeles with the University of Southern California and Los Angeles County Hospital for a combined fellowship in burn and surgical critical care. She joined the division of plastic surgery back at Indiana University in October 2021 as a burn and reconstructive plastic surgeon and is board certified in general surgery, plastic surgery, and surgical critical care.

Research interests include education in surgical training, optimization of burn resuscitation, excisional techniques in burn debridement, and reconstructive methods and outcomes of traumatic lower extremity wounds.

In her free time, Dr. Spera enjoys traveling domestically and abroad, craft cocktails, snowboarding, going to Orangetheory Fitness, and spending time back in Chicago visiting family and attending sporting events of her favorite teams. She has a mini-Goldendoodle named Winnie who has become her closest companion and pet therapy co-worker.

Specialties & Details


Plastic Surgery, Surgical Critical Care



Loyola University, Chicago, IL

School of Medicine:

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Chicago, IL


Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN


University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Hospitals & Affiliations

Hospital Privileges:

IU Health Methodist/IU Health University, IU Health North

Physician Group:

IU Health Physicians


Research Publications
* Information provided by PubMed