Joseph J. Disa, MD, FACS

Joseph J. Disa, MD, FACS

I am a plastic surgeon who specializes in the reconstruction of areas of the body after surgery to remove a tumor. While this includes all types of surgical reconstruction, I have a specific interest in breast reconstruction and in reconstruction of the head and neck. Reconstruction helps to restore form, function, and appearance, while enhancing a patient's self-confidence and self-image after cancer surgery. In my practice I utilize state-of-the-art techniques to perform reconstruction, including the use of perforator flaps such as the Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator (DIEP). These techniques achieve the reconstructive goals while simplifying recovery.

My research interests are focused on improving surgical reconstruction of the breast including the impact of radiation therapy on breast reconstruction, the use of new cohesive silicone gel implants, and the role of acellular human dermis and breast reconstruction.

Clinical Expertise

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; Microsurgery; Breast and Facial Reconstruction

Languages Spoken

MD, University of Massachusetts Medical School


The Johns Hopkins Hospital; University of Maryland Medical System


Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Board Certifications

Surgery; Plastic Surgery

Publications by Joseph J. Disa

100 Questions and Answers About Breast Surgery. Disa JJ, Czenko Keuchel, M. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett; 2006.

Plastic Surgery: Indications and Practice. Guyuron B, Eriksson E, Persing J, Gosain A, Chung K, Disa J, Gosain A, Kinney B, Rubin P. St. Louis: WB Saunders; 2008.

Book Chapters
“Muscle-sparing and free TRAM flap breast reconstruction.” Disa JJ, Pusic AL, Zhong T.  In: Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Breast. Hall-Findlay EJ, Evans G, eds.   St. Louis: Saunders; 2010: 93.

“Mandibular reconstruction.” Disa JJ. In: Current Reconstructive Surgery. Serletti JM, Taub PJ, Wu LC, Slutsky DJ, eds. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2013: 445-455.

“Latissimus dorsi breast reconstruction.” McCarthy CM, Disa JJ. In: Cosmetic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery. Evans GRD, Nahabedian MY, eds. St. Louis: WB Saunders; 2009.

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