Pictured: Colleen McCarthy

Colleen M. McCarthy, MD, FRCS(C)

Reconstructive Surgeon

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

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About Me


MD, McMaster University


Plastic Surgery - University of British Columbia


Reconstructive Surgery - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Board Certifications

Plastic Surgery

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.


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Research and Publications

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.

Publications on PubMed

Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. McCarthy’s journal articles. Pubmed is an online index of research papers and other articles from the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.