I am a plastic and reconstructive surgeon with extensive clinical experience in microsurgical breast reconstruction, lymphedema, and head and neck reconstruction. I perform procedures at Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Memorial Hospital and Josie Robertson Surgery Center.
Cancer treatments can affect people on both a physical and psychosocial level. My goal is to help my patients return to how they were before their treatments, in terms of form and function. I find that this can often be best accomplished by transplanting a person’s own tissues from one area of the body to the affected area using microsurgical techniques, providing a safe and natural approach to reconstruction.
Since the effects of cancer and its treatments are wide-ranging, I develop unique approaches for all of my patients, taking into account their individual needs and desires when thinking about their return to daily life after surgery.
- Clinical Expertise: Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction; Head and Neck Reconstruction; Lymphedema Surgery
- Languages Spoken: English
- Education: MD, Medical University of South Carolina
- Residencies: Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery, NYU Langone Medical Center
- Fellowships: Microsurgery, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital (Taiwan)
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Allen RJ Jr, Canizares O Jr, Scharf C, Nguyen PD, Thanik V, Saadeh PB, Coleman SR, Hazen A. Grading Lipoaspirate: Is there an optimal density for fat grafting? Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013 Jan;131(1):38-45. PMID: 23271517. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23271517.
Allen RJ Jr, LoTempio MM, Craigie JE, Allen RJ Sr. Transplantation in Identical Twins: Another Option for Breast Reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 Oct;122(4):1019-23. PMID: 18827632. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18827632.
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