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Howard N. Langstein, M.D.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 275-1000

Office: (585) 275-1000

Fax: (585) 276-1985

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Faculty Appointments

Patient Care Settings

Cancer, Hospital Medicine, Surgery


As a surgeon who practices reconstructive and aesthetic surgery, I treat patients by restoring function and form. I treat many patients who suffer from deformities from cancer removal, trauma, or congenital issues. My philosophy is to provide the patient with the best reconstructive option available, such that patients can get back with their lives as quickly and as fully as possible.

For breast cancer patients, I have a large experience with all aspects of reconstruction, either using the patient's own tissues or with implants. These techniques are especially helpful for patients undergoing a mastectomy, but they may also be useful for patients who need a partial mastectomy (lumpectomy).

I use a variety of techniques to reconstruct all patients with a variety of other cancers, such as head and neck cancer, sarcoma, skin cancers, melanoma, and other diseases.

I also perform the entire spectrum of cosmetic surgery to help patients feel better about their appearance and overall well-being.

I entered this field because it allows me to be creative with my hands and supportive with my heart to restore the patient with cancer and other issues. My patients can be confident knowing I will treat them like they are members of my family, offering them the very best care available worldwide.

Conditions I Treat

Reconstructive plastic surgery for:

- Breast cancer
- Head and neck cancers
- Sarcoma
- Melanoma
- Skin cancers
- Other cancers

Cosmetic Surgery for:

- Face
- Eyes
- Nose
- Neck
- Breast
- Body

Professional Background

Howard N. Langstein, M.D., is the Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center, bringing a wealth of experience to the Rochester area, particularly in microvascular reconstruction. Microvascular procedures are surgeries done through microscopes involving very small blood vessels, often used in reconstruction after cancer treatment.

Langstein came to Rochester, NY from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston where he most recently served as associate professor of Plastic Surgery and director of the Department of Plastic Surgery Graduate Medical Education Programs. In addition to microvascular reconstruction expertise, Langstein has special interest in breast, head and neck surgery, as well as cosmetic procedures.

In the mid-1990s, Langstein served in various surgical positions at Mercy Hospital and the University of Pittsburgh. He returned to Houston in 1998 where he was eventually promoted to associate professor at M.D. Anderson and named director of one of the world's preeminent microsurgical training programs.




    MD | New York University School of Medicine

    Post-doctoral Training & Residency

    07/01/1994 - 06/30/1995
    Fellowship in Vascular Surgery at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

    07/01/1993 - 07/21/1994
    Residency in Plastic Surgery at Bellevue Hospital Center

    07/01/1992 - 06/30/1993
    Internship in Plastic Surgery at Bellevue Hospital Center

    07/01/1986 - 06/30/1992
    Residency in Surgery (General Surgery) at New York University Langone Medical Center-GME

    07/01/1985 - 06/30/1986
    Internship in Surgery (General Surgery) at New York University Langone Medical Center-GME

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    Joseph E. Losee, MD Annual Teaching Award

    2010 - 2011
    Plastic Surgery Residents Mentorship Award
    Sponsor: Vincent F. Reale MD
    Location: University of Rochester Medical Center

    2009 Patient' Choice Award

    Plastic Surgical Educator of the year

    2008 - 2013
    Top Doctors
    Sponsor: Castle Conolly Medical Ltd
    Location: Plastic Surgery

    2008 - 2010
    Best Doctors Award

    Educator Of The Month
    Location: The University Of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

    America's Top Surgeons
    Location: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

    Multi-year M. D
    Sponsor: Anderson Academic Appointment

    Houston's Top Doctors
    Sponsor: Inside Houston Magazine
    Location: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

    B. S. with Honors and Distinction
    Location: Cornell University, Ithaca

    Alpha Epsilon Delta Premedical Honor Society Scholarship

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    Journal Articles

    Punekar IRA, Khouri JS, Catanzaro M, Shaikh AL, Langstein HN. "Redefining the Rectus Sheath: Implications for Abdominal Wall Repair." Plastic and reconstructive surgery.. 2018 Feb; 141(2):473-479.

    Mushin OP, Myers PL, Langstein HN. "Indications and Controversies for Complete and Implant-Enhanced Latissimus Dorsi Breast Reconstructions." Clinics in plastic surgery.. 2018 Jan; 45(1):75-81. Epub 2017 Sep 23.

    Piper ML, Roussel LO, Koltz PF, Wang F, Singh K, Chin R, Sbitany H, Langstein HN. "Characterizing infections in prosthetic breast reconstruction: A validity assessment of national health databases." Journal of plastic, reconstructive & aesthetic surgery : JPRAS.. 2017 Oct; 70(10):1345-1353. Epub 2017 May 18.

    Books & Chapters

    Chapter Title: Comparison of Tissue Expander Reconstruction With and Without Acellular Dermal Matrix
    Book Title: Inovations in Plastic Surgery
    Author List: Langstein, HN
    Published By: Quality Medical Publishing 2010

    Chapter Title: Reconstruction of Extensive Lip Defects
    Book Title: Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
    Author List: Langstein HN
    Published By: Singletary E (Ed) 2005

    Chapter Title: Management of Local Recurrence in the Reconstructed Breast
    Book Title: Advanced Therapy of Breast Disease
    Author List: Langstein HN
    Published By: Singletary E (Ed) 2004




    Dr. Howard Langstein | Advancing Breast Care


    Langstein on Implants and Cancer Risk.flv


    SECOND OPINION | Breast Reconstruction | APT | Webisode


    SECOND OPINION | The Aging Face | APT | Webisode


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