I am a plastic surgeon who specializes in reconstruction after cancer surgery. I perform a broad range of reconstructive surgeries using a variety of techniques including microvascular free flaps, pedicled and local flaps, as well as implants. I also have a strong interest in breast reconstruction, and I am involved in a number of advocacy, outreach, and education initiatives for breast cancer survivors.
My main research interest lies in assessing health-related quality of life among oncology patients. With grant support from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, I have developed a questionnaire, the BREAST-Q, which measures satisfaction and quality-of-life outcomes among breast reconstruction patients. This questionnaire examines body image and psychological, social, sexual, and physical function, as well as satisfaction with the process of care.
The BREAST-Q has been translated into 14 languages and widely adopted by other cancer centers as well as the National Health Service in Great Britain, which is using it in a national audit of mastectomy and reconstruction outcomes. (You can learn more about the BREAST-Q at
I am also involved in research to measure patient expectations in breast reconstruction. This NIH-funded research is ultimately aimed at improving patient education and promoting shared medical decision making. At Memorial Sloan-Kettering new breast reconstruction patients routinely complete our “Expectations” questionnaire, which helps our team better understand and anticipate patients’ needs. In 2007, I was awarded Clinical Research Recognition Award by the American Society of Plastic Surgery. Currently, I am Chair of the Clinical Trial Committee of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and lead several multicenter studies evaluating outcomes in plastic surgery.