Joseph J. Disa, MD, FACS

About Me

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.

I am also involved in teaching medical students, residents, fellows, and attending physicians from around the world the latest techniques in surgical reconstruction after cancer. I currently serve on the editorial board of the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and have co-edited the text book Plastic Surgery: Indications and Practice. In addition, I have co-authored the patient education book 100 Questions and Answers about Breast Surgery.

  • Clinical Expertise: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; Microsurgery; Breast and Facial Reconstruction
  • Awards and Honors: Castle Connolly: New York Magazine Top Doctors (2011-2018)
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Education: MD, University of Massachustts Medical School
  • Residencies: General Surgery - University of Maryland Medical System; Plastic Surgery - Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Fellowships: Reconstructive Microsurgery/Plastic Surgery - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Board Certifications: Surgery; Plastic Surgery


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.

“Breast reconstruction: implant and nipple reconstruction.” Disa JJ, McCarthy CM. In: Principles of Cancer Reconstructive Surgery. Butler CE, Fine NA, eds. New York: Springer; 2008.

“Principles of breast reconstruction.” McCarthy CM, Disa JJ. In: Cancer Rehabilitation: Principles and Practice. Stubblefield M,O’Dell M, Custodio C, Fitzpatrick T, eds. New York: Demos; 2007: 115.

“Mandible reconstruction.” Disa, JJ, Hidalgo, AD. In: Grabb and Smith’s Plastic Surgery. 6th ed. Thorne CH, Bartlett SP, Aston SJ, et al., eds. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins; 2007: 428-437.

“Breast reconstruction: a comparison of autogenous and prosthetic techniques.” Disa JJ, McCarthy, CM. In: Advances in Surgery. Cameron J, ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier Science; 2005: 39:97.

“Rehabilitation after treatment for cancer of the breast.” Disa JJ, Petrek JA. In: Principles and Practice of Oncology. 7th ed. Devita VT, Helmman S, Rosenberg SA, eds. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins; 2005: 1478.

“Breast reconstruction: prosthetic techniques.” Disa JJ. In: Grabb and Smith’s Plastic Surgery. 6th ed. Thorne CH, Bartlett SP, Aston SJ, et al., eds. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins; 2006.

“Free flap reconstruction.” Mastorakos DP, Disa JJ. In: Revision Surgery in Otolaryngology. Edelstein DR, ed. New York: Thieme; 2009: 235-46.


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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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