ABOUT DR. SMITH
Dr. Mark L. Smith is Chief of Plastic Surgery at Mount Sinai - Beth Israel Medical Center and Director of Plastic Surgery for Continuum Cancer Centers of New York, a multi-hospital cancer program that includes Beth Israel Medical Center, St. Luke's and Roosevelt Medical Centers, and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. He is Director of the Friedman Center for Lymphedema Research and Treatment. Dr. Smith is an expert in Breast Reconstruction and Head and Neck Reconstruction and is double-fellowship trained in Microsurgery and Craniofacial Surgery. He formerly served as Chief of Pediatric Plastic Surgery and as Director of the Continuum Craniofacial and Cleft Palate Center. He is an Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Smith has published and been invited to speak nationally and internationally on Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction, Head and Neck Reconstruction, Facial Reanimation, Lymphedema Surgery, Lipedema, Oncoplastic Surgery, Craniofacial Surgery and Pediatric Plastic Surgery. As an international volunteer for the past 2 decades, he has performed reconstructive surgery and taught local surgeons in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Central America and South America.
Dr. Smith received his B.A. from Cornell University and his M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He did his General Surgery and Plastic Surgery residencies at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. He completed two fellowships, one in Microvascular and Oncologic Reconstruction at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and the other in Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery at University of Washington’s Harborview Hospital and Seattle Children’s Hospital. He has received numerous Patients' Choice Awards and been recognized by Castle Connolly's lists of Top Doctors in Plastic Surgery, Top Doctors for Cancer, and America's Top Doctors, as well as in New York Magazine's Best Doctors List and by Best Doctors in America.
An expert in complex reconstructive surgery, Dr. Smith was the first surgeon to perform Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator (DIEP) flap breast reconstructions in New York City. He has trained over 60 residents in plastic surgery, including many surgeons who now perform DIEP flap reconstruction. To see a video of Dr. Smith performing live bilateral DIEP flap breast reconstruction after nipple-sparing mastectomy, go to www.diepflapvideo.org. In addition to Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator (DIEP) flaps, Dr. Smith performs Superficial Inferior Epigastric Artery (SIEA) flaps and Gluteal Artery Perforator (GAP) flaps for breast reconstruction.
Dr. Smith is a pioneer in Oncoplastic Surgery. He published one of the first case series in the United States using oncoplastic techniques for breast conservation in patients with breast cancer. He has been an invited lecturer nationally and internationally on oncoplastic reconstruction and the use of perforator flaps. Dr. Smith developed the Oncoplastic Breast Cancer Program at Continuum Cancer Centers of New York.
Dr. Smith and his colleague were the first surgeons in North America to perform successful vascularized lymph node transfer to the wrist for the treatment of lymphedema. They also developed a technique called “Reverse Lymphatic Mapping for Vascularized Lymph Node Transfer” to minimize the risk of causing lymphedema in the donor extremity. Their work has been shared at numerous national and international conferences and recently accepted for publication in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. In 2012, they were invited to Ichilov Medical Center in Tel Aviv to perform the first vascularized lymph node transfers in Israel. They also were recently invited to demonstrate their work at the International Symposium on Lymphatic Surgery in Taipei, Taiwan where they performed a live surgical demonstration of Reverse Lymphatic Mapping for Vascularized Lymph Node Transfer before an audience of 150 microsurgeons from around the world. Dr. Smith is Director of the Friedman Center for Lymphatic Research and Treatment (www.lymph.org). He is one of the Co-Founders of the American Society for Lymphatic Surgery.
Dr. Smith has been instrumental in developing awareness and providing treatment for patient suffering from Lipedema in the U.S. He specializes in Water Assisted Liposuction (WAL) for Lipedema. In April 2015, he was the Course Director for the 1st International Symposium on Lipedema. He is also co-director of the Lipedema Project, a program to increase awareness about Lipedema and to improve access to care for those suffering from Lipedema. He executive produced the documentary "Lipedema: The Disease They Call Fat".
Dr. Smith has a special interest in the treatment of facial paralysis and has helped pioneer the use of masseter nerve transfer for reanimation of the paralyzed face after cancer resection. He was an invited panelist at the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery’s session on Facial Reanimation in the Oncologic Setting. In addition to surgery for facial paralysis, Dr. Smith has an extensive experience in microsurgical reconstruction for patients with Head and Neck cancer.
CRANIOFACIAL AND PEDIATRIC PLASTIC SURGERY
As Director of the Continuum Craniofacial and Cleft Palate Center and plastic surgeon for the Vascular Birthmark Institute of New York, he also treats complex birth defects such as cleft lips and palates, craniosynostosis, congenital facial paralysis and vascular malformations including hemangiomas, arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) and lymphatic malformations.
Dr. Smith's career has been dedicated to innovating treatments for patients with challenging reconstructive needs resulting from cancer, trauma and birth defects. He and his staff are committed to ensuring that patients and families are given the guidance they need to make the right decisions. Care is provided in a compassionate and respectful environment.
Monday through Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Breast Reconstruction - Including: DIEP, SIEA, GAP, and TUG Flaps
Lymphedema Surgery - Vascularize Lymphnode Transfer and Lymphaticovenous Bypass
Head and Neck Reconstruction
Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery
Dr. Smith sees patients in consultation at the Phillips Ambulatory Care Center of Beth Israel Medical Center. This state-of-the-art medical facility is situated in the heart of Manhattan, overlooking Union Square Park. Upon arrival, Dr. Smith's staff will guide you through the registration process and his Physician Assistant will obtain your medical history. During your consultation, Dr. Smith will discuss in detail your surgical options and his recommendations regarding treatment. Your questions and concerns will be addressed before you make any decisions. Dr. Smith provides patients with the information and guidance required to make the correct choices based on their individual needs.
The Phillips Ambulatory Care Center, located at Union Square East, is an outpatient surgery and medical facility that houses experts in almost every area of medicine. Nearby, is Beth Israel's Comprehensive Cancer Center, located on 15th Street between 8th and 9th Avenue. The Comprehensive Cancer Center is dedicated solely to cancer treatment and ambulatory cancer and reconstructive surgery. Cosmetic procedures are performed at our affiliated surgery centers that specialize in the care of outpatient and overnight cosmetic surgery patients.
Patients undergoing major reconstructive surgery are treated at Beth Israel Medical Center's main hospital, located on 1st Avenue and 16th Street. Beth Israel Medical Center provides world-class supportive care for adult and pediatric patients undergoing brain surgery, cancer surgery, and major reconstructive procedures. Private luxury accommodations are available on the Chris and Morton P. Hyman Patient Care Unit located on the hospital's 3rd floor.
- Undergraduate - Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
- Medical School - Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
- General Surgery Residency - Columbia - Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY
- Plastic Surgery Residency - Columbia - Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY
- Microsurgery and Oncologic Reconstructive Surgery - M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
- Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery - University of Washington, Seattle, WA
- American Board of Plastic Surgery 2000
- American Society of Plastic Surgeons
- American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery
- American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
- American Cleft Palate - Craniofacial Association
- Diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery
- Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
- Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons
- New York Regional Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- New York Head and Neck Society
- Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY
- Roosevelt Medical Center, New York, NY
- St. Luke's Medical Center, New York, NY
- New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York, NY