Mark Smith, MD, FACS
Dr. Mark L. Smith is an internationally renowned expert in breast reconstruction and lymphatic surgery. As an innovator with over 20 years of experience performing complex microsurgical and implant based breast reconstructions, he has become a recognized leader in the field. His thoughtful and compassionate approach to patient care ensures that his patients get the individualized attention needed to make the right decisions regarding treatment.
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ABOUT DR. SMITH
Dr. Mark L. Smith has recently moved his practice to Northwell Health System and now serves as System Vice-Chairman in the Department of Surgery and Director of Reconstructive Oncology for Northwell Health Cancer Institute. He is also Professor of Surgery at Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Northwell Health, previously known as the North Shore-LIJ Health System, was founded in 1997 with the merger of the North Shore Health System and LIJ Medical Center, creating a healthcare network that now includes 22 hospitals. Headquartered in Great Neck, New York, Northwell Health is the largest integrated health system in New York State, based on patient revenue, and the 14th largest healthcare system in the United States. Its service area encompasses more than eight million people throughout the New York metropolitan area. With more than 61,000 employees, Northwell is the largest private employer in New York State. It was rebranded as Northwell Health in January 2016.
Prior to joining Northwell,Dr. Smith served as Chief of Plastic Surgery at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center and was a Professor of Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He was Director of Plastic Surgery for Continuum Cancer Centers of New York, a multi-hospital cancer program that includes Mount Sinai's Beth Israel, St. Luke's and Roosevelt Medical Centers, as well as New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. He also served as Director of the Friedman Center for Lymphedema Research and Treatment, which he created while at Mount Sinai. Dr. Smith is an expert in Breast Reconstruction and Head and Neck Reconstruction and is double-fellowship trained in Microsurgery and Craniofacial Surgery. Prior to becoming Chief of Plastic Surgery at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, he was Chief of Pediatric Plastic Surgery and Director of the Continuum Craniofacial and Cleft Palate Center. 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. He has been an international volunteer for the past twenty years and has performed reconstructive surgery and taught local surgeons in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Central America and South America.
Dr. Smith's clinical care has earned him numerous Patients' Choice Awards and physician recognition including listing in Castle Connolly's Top Doctors in Plastic Surgery, Top Doctors for Cancer, and America's Top Doctors, Newsweek Magazine's America's Top Doctors for Cancer, New York Magazine's Best Doctors, Best Doctors in America and New York Super Doctors.
Dr. Smith received his B.A. from Cornell University and his M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He undertook his General Surgery and Plastic Surgery residency training 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.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
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.
Dr. Smith recently published the results of his new protocol for Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) after DIEP Flap Reconstruction. By implementing a multimodal non-narcotic pain control regimen, including long-acting local anesthetics, the study demonstrated a 95% reduction in inpatient narcotic requirement and allowed most patients to leave the hospital on the second day after surgery (rather than the national average of 4-5 days).
In addition to Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator (DIEP) flaps, Dr. Smith performs Superficial Inferior Epigastric Artery (SIEA) flaps, Profunda Artery Perforator (PAP) flaps, Transverse and Diagonal Upper Gracilis (TUG and DUG) flaps and Gluteal Artery Perforator (GAP) flaps for breast reconstruction.To see a video of Dr. Smith performing live bilateral DIEP flap breast reconstruction after nipple-sparing mastectomy, go to www.diepflapvideo.org.
Additional publications on DIEP flap 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 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 international audience of 150 microsurgeons. 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.
Additional publications on lymphatic surgery:
Considerations for Clinicians in the Diagnosis, Prevention, and Treatment of Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema: Recommendations from a Multidisciplinary Expert ASBrS Panel : Part 1: Definitions, Assessments, Education, and Future Directions.
Dr. Smith has been instrumental in developing awareness and providing treatment for patient suffering from Lipedema in the U.S. He specializes in liposuction 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. In addition to surgery for facial paralysis, Dr. Smith has an extensive experience in microsurgical reconstruction for patients with Head and Neck cancer.
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.
Dr. Smith sees patients at The Center for Advanced Medicine at Northwell Health.
Breast Implant Removal
Breast Implant Removal
Free-Flap Breast Reconstruction
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