Howard N. Langstein, M.D.

Howard N. Langstein, M.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 661
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 275-1000
Fax: (585) 276-1985

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.

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

Recent Journal Articles

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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.
2013 Nov
Koltz PF, Frey JD, Bell DE, Girotto JA, Christiano JG, Langstein HN. "Evolution of abdominal wall reconstruction: development of a unified algorithm with improved outcomes." Annals of plastic surgery. 2013 Nov; 71(5):554-60.
2013 Oct
Koltz PF, Frey JD, Langstein HN. "The use of human acellular dermal matrix in the first stage of implant-based breast reconstruction simplifies the exchange procedure." Plastic and reconstructive surgery. 2013 Oct; 132(4):691e-692e.

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