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

Peter G. Cordeiro, MD, FACS

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon

My Role at MSK

Areas of Expertise

My Specialties

  • Breast Reconstruction with Implants, Autologous Rissue, TRAM, DIEP, SGAP, and Perforator Flaps
  • Reconstruction of the Mandible, Midface, Maxilla, Vagina, Head & Neck Cancers, and Moh's Surgical Defects
  • Cosmetic Breast, Facial, and Body Contouring Surgery

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About Me

What I Do at MSK
  • William G. Cahan Chair in Surgery
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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.

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 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.

My Role at MSK

A plastic and reconstructive surgeon is a doctor with special training in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. These procedures restore function and appearance.

Areas of Expertise

My Specialties

  • Breast Reconstruction with Implants, Autologous Rissue, TRAM, DIEP, SGAP, and Perforator Flaps
  • Reconstruction of the Mandible, Midface, Maxilla, Vagina, Head & Neck Cancers, and Moh's Surgical Defects
  • Cosmetic Breast, Facial, and Body Contouring Surgery
Education & Honors

Education

  • MD, Harvard Medical School

Residencies

  • General Surgery - Harvard Medical School/New England Deaconess Hospital
  • Plastic Surgery - New York University Medical Center

Awards and Honors

  • Castle Connolly: America’s Top Doctor (2024)
  • Top Doctors New York Metro Area, Castle Connolly (2023)
  • Castle Connolly: America's Top Doctors (2023)
  • Castle Connolly: New York Magazine Top Doctors (2003-2020)

Fellowships

  • Microsurgery - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Craniofacial Surgery - University of Miami School of Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery

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Contact and Location

Dr. Cordeiro sees patients at two locations.

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New York, NY
Middletown, NJ

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Research and Publications

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.

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

“Atlas of Mandibular and Maxillary Reconstruction with the Fibula flap.” De Santis G, Cordeiro PG, and Chiarini L. Springer International Publishing; 2019. 

Breast Cancer. Cordeiro PG, Balch CM, Shao Z. AME Publishing Company; 2017.

 

Selected Publications

Cordeiro PG.  Breast reconstruction after surgery for breast cancer. New England Journal of Medicine. 2008.

Cordeiro PG, Chen CM.  A 15-year review of midface reconstruction after total and subtotal maxillectomy: Part I. Algorithm and outcomes.  Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  2012, Jan.

Cordeiro PG, Albornoz CR, McCormick B, Hudis CA, Hu Q, Heerdt A, Matros E.  What is the optimum timing of postmastectomy radiotherapy in two-stage prosthetic reconstruction: Radiation to the tissue expander or permanent implant. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  2015, Jun.

Cordeiro PG, Jazayeri L.  Two-stage implant-based breast reconstruction: An evolution of the conceptual and technical approach over a two-decade periodPlastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  2016, Jul.

Cordeiro PG, Henderson PW, Matros E.  A 20-year experience with 202 segmental mandibulectomy defects: A defect classification system, algorithm for flap selection, and surgical outcomesPlastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2018, Apr.

Cordeiro PG, Ghione P, Ni A, Hu Q, Ganesan N, Galasso N, Dogan A, Horwitz SM.  Risk of breast implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) in a cohort of 3546 women prospectively followed long term after reconstruction with textured breast implantsJournal of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery.  2020, May.

 

Publications on PubMed

Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. Cordeiro’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.

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Disclosures

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Peter G. Cordeiro discloses the following relationships and financial interests:

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