Howard N. Langstein, M.D.

Howard N. Langstein, M.D.

Contact Information

UR Medicine Plastic Surgery
160 Sawgrass Drive
Suite 120
Rochester, NY 14620

125 Red Creek Drive
Suite 211
Rochester, NY 14623

Appointment: (585) 275-1000

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  • Admits to Strong Memorial Hospital Admits to Strong Memorial Hospital
  • Admits to Highland Hospital Admits to Highland Hospital

Professional Bio

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.

Patient Care Bio

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

Awards & Honors (Local)

Joseph E. Losee, MD Annual Teaching Award 2013
2009 Patient' Choice Award 2010
Plastic Surgery Residents Mentorship Award | Vincent F. Reale MD | University of Rochester Medical Center 2010 - 2011
Plastic Surgical Educator of the year 2009
Best Doctors Award 2008 - 2010
Top Doctors | Castle Conolly Medical Ltd | Plastic Surgery 2008 - 2013
Educator Of The Month | The University Of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center 2004
America's Top Surgeons | Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 2004
Multi-year M. D | Anderson Academic Appointment 2004
Houston's Top Doctors | Inside Houston Magazine | Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 2002
B. S. with Honors and Distinction | Cornell University, Ithaca 1981
Alpha Epsilon Delta Premedical Honor Society Scholarship 1981

Current Appointments

Professor - Department of Surgery, Plastic Surgery (SMD) - Primary


Surgery - American Board of Surgery
Plastic Surgery - American Board of Plastic Surgery


MD | New York University, School of Medicine1985
BS | Microbiology | Cornell University1981

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Residency in Surgery at New York University Langone Medical Center07/01/1992 - 06/30/1994
Residency in Surgery at Bellevue Hospital Center07/01/1990 - 07/21/1992
Residency in Surgery at Bellevue Hospital Center07/01/1986 - 06/30/1988
Internship in Surgery at Bellevue Hospital Center07/01/1985 - 06/30/1986