Colleen M. McCarthy, MD, FRCS(C)

Reconstructive Surgeon

Conditions Treated

Pictured: Colleen McCarthy
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About Me

I am a reconstructive surgeon with expertise in reconstruction following surgery for the treatment of cancer. Using a variety of techniques, including microsurgical tissue transfer, implants, and local flaps, I aim to restore the appearance and function of cancer patients who have undergone surgery to remove tumors. My goal is to provide my patients with optimal cancer treatment while maintaining high standards for their quality of life.

I am involved in clinical research that evaluates patients’ perceptions of their quality of life after breast reconstructive surgery and head and neck reconstructive surgery. I have published and presented numerous scientific articles, most recently on the safety of implant-based reconstruction following mastectomy. I am currently directing a clinical trial evaluating different surgical techniques designed to improve postoperative pain after breast reconstructive surgery — research which has been generously funded by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

I am a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

  • Clinical Expertise: Breast Reconstruction (microvascular flaps, pedicled flaps, and implants); Head and Neck Cancer Reconstruction with Microvascular Tissue Transfer; Pelvic and Vaginal Reconstruction; Extremity Reconstruction; Pediatric Cancer Reconstruction
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Education: MD, McMaster University
  • Residencies: Plastic Surgery - University of British Columbia
  • Fellowships: Reconstructive Surgery - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Board Certifications: Plastic Surgery


Selected Book Chapters
“Principles of breast reconstruction.” McCarthy CM, Disa JJ. In: Cancer Rehabilitation: Principles and Practices. Stubblefield MD, O’Dell MW, eds. New York, NY: Demos Medical Publishing; 2009.

“Breast reconstruction: a comparison of autogenous and prosthetic techniques.” Disa JJ, McCarthy CMIn: Advances in Surgery. Cameron JL, ed. Oxford, UK: Elsevier Health Sciences; 2005: 97-119.

“Breast cancer in previously augmented breasts.” McCarthy CM, Pusic A, Cody H III, Mehrara B. In: The American Cancer Society Atlas of Clinical Oncology. 2nd ed. Norton, L, Hudis CA, Winchester DP, eds. Hamilton, Ontario: BC Decker; 2004.

“Clinical research in breast surgery: reduction and post-mastectomy reconstruction.” Pusic AL, McCarthy C, Cano SJ, Klassen AF, Kerrigan CL. In: Clinics in Plastic Surgery. Paul MD, ed. Oxford, UK: Elsevier Health Sciences; 2008.

Visit PubMed for a full listing of Colleen M. McCarthy’s journal articles

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Clinical Trials

As home to one of the world’s top cancer research centers, Memorial Sloan Kettering is typically involved in more than 900 clinical trials at a given time. Currently, clinical trials focused on the conditions I treat are enrolling new patients. If you’re interested in joining a clinical trial, click to learn about the trial’s purpose, eligibility criteria, and how to get more information.

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