Peter G. Cordeiro, MD, FACS

Reconstructive Surgeon

William G. Cahan Chair in Surgery

Conditions Treated

Peter G. Cordeiro, MD, FACS -- Chief, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgical Service
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About Me

Dr. Cordeiro is a leader in the area of oncologic reconstructive surgery at a national and international level. He served as Chief of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgical Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering for 15 years. During this time he oversaw the clinical and research activities of the service as well as the fellowship training program in breast reconstruction and microsurgery.

 Within the field of plastic surgery Dr. Cordeiro has made some major intellectual and practical surgical advances. His particular areas of focus include breast reconstruction, microsurgery, and reconstruction in the head and neck. Drawing on a large experience in free tissue transfers for oncologic reconstruction, he has developed new applications for free flaps to establish state-of-the-art approaches to complex reconstructive problems. Areas of innovation include reconstruction of the mandible, maxilla, mid face, pharynx, vagina, and breast. In addition to routine approaches to breast reconstruction, Dr. Cordeiro is currently developing newer techniques and approaches to reconstruction for patients who have been previously radiated or who may require future radiation using implants as well as the patient’s own tissues.

Dr. Cordeiro has lectured extensively throughout the United States and the world and has authored more than 300 scientific papers and book chapters. He is on the editorial boards of three major plastic and reconstructive surgery journals.

  • Clinical Expertise: Breast reconstruction with implants, autologous tissue, TRAM, DIEP, SGAP, and perforator flaps. Reconstruction of the mandible, midface, maxilla, vagina, head & neck cancers, and Moh's surgical defects. Cosmetic expertise include: cosmetic breast surgery, facial surgery, and body contouring.
  • Awards and Honors: Castle Connolly: New York Magazine Top Doctors (2003-2018)
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Education: MD, Harvard Medical School
  • Residencies: General Surgery - Harvard Medical School/New England Deaconess Hospital; Plastic Surgery - New York University Medical Center
  • Fellowships: Microsurgery - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Craniofacial Surgery - University of Miami School of Medicine
  • Board Certifications: Surgery; Plastic Surgery


Selected Book Chapters
“Reconstruction of acquired vaginal defects.” Cordeiro PG, Pusic A. In: Plastic Surgery. 2nd ed. Mathes SJ, ed. Philadelphia: WB Saunders; 2005.

“Reconstruction of maxillectomy defects and defects of the skull base.” Cordeiro PG. In: Grabb and Smith’s Plastic Surgery. 6th ed. Thorne CH, ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2006.

“General principles of reconstructive surgery for head and neck cancer.” Cordeiro PG. In: Head and Neck Cancer: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Philadelphia: Lippincott-Raven Publishers; 1998; 197-216.

“Mandibular reconstruction.” Cordeiro PG, Santamaria E, Disa JJ. In: ACS Atlas of Cancer of the Head and Neck. Shah JP, ed. Hamilton, Ontario: BC Decker; 2001: 358-375.

“The cheek, malar area, and maxilla.” Cordeiro PG, Santamaria E. In: Current Therapy in Plastic Surgery. McCarthy JG, Galiano R, Boutros S, ed. Philadelphia: Saunders; 2006: 124-126.

“Implant-based reconstruction.” Cordeiro PG, McCarthy C. In: Kuerer’s Breast Surgical Oncology. Kuerer HM. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2010: 827-834.

Visit PubMed for a full listing of Peter G. Cordeiro’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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