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Howard N. Langstein, M.D.

Cancer, Surgery

Clinical Interests

Breast Cancer; Melanoma, Skin Cancer; Plastic - Adult; Plastic Surgery

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 275-1000

Office: (585) 275-1000

Fax: (585) 276-1985

URMFGA member of the University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group

groupAn Accountable Health Partner

assignmentAccepting New Patients

Faculty Appointments


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.



  • Plastic Surgery - American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • Surgery


BS | Cornell University

MD | New York University, School of Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/1992 - 06/30/1994
Residency in Surgery at New York University Langone Medical Center

07/01/1990 - 07/21/1992
Residency in Surgery at Bellevue Hospital Center

07/01/1986 - 06/30/1988
Residency in Surgery at Bellevue Hospital Center

07/01/1985 - 06/30/1986
Internship in Surgery at Bellevue Hospital Center

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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

Peter F. Koltz MD, Frey JD, Sbitany H, Bell DE, Song DH, Langstein HN. "The evolving health care landscape and its impact on plastic surgeon practice and satisfaction." Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2014; 134: 109.

Peter F. Koltz MD, Frey JD, Sbitany H, Bell DE, Song DH, Langstein HN. "Graduating plastic surgery residents and their attending mentors: do we see eye to eye?". Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2014; 134: 106.

Frey JD, Koltz PF, Bell DE, Langstein HN. "The complex insurance reimbursement landscape in reduction mammaplasty: how does the American plastic surgeon navigate it?". Annuals Plastic Surgery. 2014; 72(1): 23-29.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Comparison of Tissue Exapander Reconstruction With and Without Acellular Dermal Matrix
Book Title: Inovations in Plastic Surgery
Author List: Langstein, HN
Published By: Quality Meical Publishing2010

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




Langstein on Implants and Cancer Risk.flv


SECOND OPINION | Breast Reconstruction | APT | Webisode


SECOND OPINION | The Aging Face | APT | Webisode