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Melissa Doft, MD

Board Certified Plastic and General Surgeon

New York, NY. USA.

Melissa A. Doft, M.D., is a board-certified plastic surgeon and Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Weill Cornell Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She is also affiliated with facilities including Greenwich Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital, the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, and the Weill Cornell Medical Center. Her areas of expertise include breast surgery and breast reconstruction, facial reconstruction surgery, and burn and wound correction.

In addition to extensive expertise, Dr. Doft is known for her kind and relaxed manner. Her philosophy is that individuality should be celebrated: “As a plastic surgeon, my goal is not to change your unique expressions and features but to refine your facial or body image, enhancing and restoring your natural beauty.”

Contact Information:


Phone 212.600.4109




2004-2005 Institute of Aesthetic Surgery and Medicine, Mt. Kisco, New York
Fellow, Aesthetic Surgery
1999-2004 University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
Resident, Plastic Surgery, Integrated Program
December 2002 Aesthetic Surgery Externship
James Stuzin, MD, Thomas Baker, MD, and Tracy Baker, MD, Miami, Florida
November 2002 Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery Externship
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
1995-1999 Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine, East Lansing, Michigan
Doctor of Medicine, May 1999
1993-1994 Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
1988-1992 Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts
Bachelor of Arts, American Studies and English, May 1992

Honors and Awards

2007 - 2008 Cosmetic Surgery Foundation Grant Award Winner
2004 Second Place, Clinical, Singleton Surgical Society Resident Research Competition
1999 College of Medicine Alumni Surgical Endowed Scholarship
1999 AMWA/Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation
1998 Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society


New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, New York June 2012
New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, New York June 2009
University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, CA June 2005
New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY June 2004
Hôpital Necker Enfants-Malades and Hôpital George Bizet, Paris, France Fall 2003
Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire June 2000
Université de Lyon, Dartmouth Foreign Study Program, Lyon, France Spring 1998
Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, Massachusetts June 1996
Magna Cum Laude Society (1995, 1996)

Academic Appointments

Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical School

Hospital Affiliations

New York Presbyterian Hospital
Lenox Hill
Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital
Greenwich Hospital
New York Hospital Queens

Academic Honors and Awards

Patients' Choice Award, 2012
Goulian Award for Academic Excellence in Plastic Surgery, 2011
First Prize for Poster Presentation at the New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgery Resident's Night, 2010
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Circle of Excellence Award for Humanitarianism and Excellence in Teaching 2008, 2009
Alpha Omega Alpha award for highest cumulative average over four years of medical school
Alpha Omega Alpha (Member of AOA) 
Research honors in Cell Biology
Alumnae Golden Key Pin award for academic achievement and commitment to extracurricular activities
The Kosciuszko Foundation Dr.Marie Zakrzewska Medical Scholarship for academic excellence
Valentine Mott Medal for academic achievement in Anatomy, Cell Biology, Histology, and Embryology
Pinkerton Foundation Academic Travel Grant
NIH Short-Term Training Students in Health Professional Schools Grant
Magna Cum Laude Society at Dartmouth College(1999, 2000)
Rufus Choate Honors (1998, 1999, 2000)
The Byrd Scholarship for academic excellence in the State of Massachusetts (1997-2000)
College Honor Roll
Certification and Licensure
American Board of Surgery Certification 2009
Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery Exam (SAGES) 2007
Medical Board Certification in the State of New York 2006

Editorial Position

Reviewer for the Aesthetic Journal of Plastic Surgery


How Aging Affects Breast Architecture, Lenox Hill Hospital, September 2011-present, Co-investigator under the guidance of Alan Matarraso, MD
Analysis of breast size and architecture before and after mastopexy to determine how aging affects the breast, IRB approved Study
The Newborn Butterfly Project, New York Presbyterian Hospital, December 2010-present, Co-investigator under the guidance of Anthony LaBruna, MD
Prospective evaluation of newborn ear molding using the earwell device and a new treatment protocol where molding is started in the newborn nursery and continued for only two weeks, IRB approved study
The Newborn Butterfly Project: Defining Deformity, New York Presbyterian Hospital, April 2010-present, Co-investigator under the guidance of Anthony LaBruna, MD
Determining risk factors for ear deformities and determining the incidence of different deformities by examining 3000 consecutive newborn babies, IRB approved study
Using Botulinum Toxin during Breast Expansion, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, June 2011-present, Co-investigator under the guidance of Jeffrey Ascherman, MD
Prospective evaluation of how botulinum toxin affects breast reconstruction during the expander period with relationship to speed to expansion and pain during expansion, IRB approved study
The Adolescent Breast Reduction Project, New York Presbyterian Hospital, April 2009-present, Co-investigator under the guidance of Christine Rohde, MD and June Wu, MD
Satisfaction analysis using the Breast-Q after breast reduction in women under 20 years, IRB approved study
Honors Research Fellow, Microvascular Laboratory, NYU Medical Center June 2001-2004
The BREAST Study: Breast Reduction Evaluation and the Ability to Survive Tumors, Institute for Reconstructive and Plastic Surgery, NYU Medical Center, Nov 2002-May 2004
Principle investigator under the guidance of Jamie Levine, MD, Karen Hiotis, MD, and Geoffrey Gurtner, MD
Retrospective study to determine the threshold of breast tissue that must be excised to optimally reduce the risk of breast cancer in women.
Research Associate, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center June 1999-September 1999


Melissa Doft, MD and Anthony LaBruna, MD. Defining Tips in Rhinoplasty: Creating A Skin-Dermal Flap. In preparation.
Joseph A. Ricci MD, Melissa Doft MD, Kristen Parker MD, Mia Talmor MD. Breast Reconstruction after Nipple Sparing and Skin Sparing Mastectomy: a single surgeon's three-year experience. In preparation.
Melissa A. Doft, MD, Joseph Ricci, MD, Melvin Rosenwasser. The Hypoplastic Thumb: Redefining Surgical Options. In preparation.
Akin Uzumcugil, MD, Melissa A. Doft, MD, Gursel Leblebicioglu, MD, Mahmut N. Doral, MD. BrachioradialisSupinatoplasty: a novel technique to correct paralytic pronation deformity secondary to brachial plexus birth palsy. Submitted.
Melissa Doft, MD, Krista Hardy, BA, Jeffrey Ascherman, MD. The Fish Mastopexy. Plastic Reconstructive Surgery. May 2012.
Melissa A. Doft, MD, Krista L. Hardy, Jeffrey A. Ascherman, MD. Treatment of Hyperhidrosis with Botulinum Toxin. Aesthetic Surgery Journal, 2012: 32(2); 238-244
Melissa A. Doft, MD, Austin L. Chiang, BS, Graham Schwarz, MD, Krista L. Hardy, Jeffrey A. Ascherman, MD, June K. Wu, MD, Christine H. Rohde, MD. Examining Reduction Mammaplasty in Hispanic and African American Populations: A Changing Landscape in American Plastic Surgery. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgery, 2011:64(12);341-3.
Melissa A. Doft, MD, Jennifer L. Kasten, MD, Jeffrey A. Ascherman, MD. Treatment of Axillary Hyperhidrosis withBotulinum Toxin: A Single Surgeon's Experience with 53 Consecutive Patients. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. 2011: 35(6):1079-1086.
Doft M, Gurtner G, Lawlor T, Finkelstein D, Smith B, May J. "Does Reduction Mammoplasty Affect the Risk of Developing Breast Cancer? A Retrospective Analysis of 751 Patients Over a 24-Year Period," in preparation.
Ioannis C. Zouzias, Melissa A. Doft, Akin Uzumcugil, and Melvin P. Rosenwasser. Treatment of Hyperextension Deformity of the Thumb Metacarpophalangeal Joint in Basal Joint Arthritis: A novel technique based on an anatomic study. Techniques in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery. 2011;15(2):119-124.
Doft M and LaBruna A. "Otoplasty," Chapter 11, in Cosmetic Surgery. Ed Grant RT, Chen CM. McGraw-Hill, New York, 2010.
Doft M, Widmann W, Hardy M. Under a microscope: Julius H. Jacobson, MD (1927-). J Surg Educ. 2008;65(4):316-319.
Hanflik A, Doft M, Cain C, Brem H, "Wound Healing Operations in Geriatric Persons," Chapter 11, In Geriatric Anesthesiology, 2nd ed. McLeskey CH, Reves JG, Rooke A, Silverstein JH. Springer-Verlag, New York , 2007.
Kazanowski M, Saadeh P, Sharma S, Beasley R, "Rebalancing of Forces as an Adjunct to Resection Suspension Arthroplasty for Trapezial Osteoarthritis," Annals of Plastic Surgery, 2004;52(6):567-70.

Kazanowski M, Gurtner G, "The Preoperative Evaluation of Patients Undergoing Chest Wall Reconstruction, " Chapter 2, in Reconstructive Surgery of the Chest, Abdomen and Pelvis, ed. Evans GRD, Marcel Dekker, New York, 2003.
Galiano R, Michaels J, Kazanowski M, Levine J, "A Novel Model Allowing Quantitative Measurements of Cutaneous Repair in Mice," Wound Repair and Regeneration, 11(2), A16, 2003.

Kazanowski M, Galiano R, Levine J, Gurtner G, "The Expression of Hedgehog Genes Suggests a Role During the Remodeling of Cutaneous Repair," Wound Repair and Regeneration. 11(2), A8, 2003.
Cardinale C, Fard A, Eisenberg M, Kazanowski M, Di Tullio M, Homma S, "Elevated Plasma Level of Asymmetric Dimethylarginine (ADMA) is Associated with Atherosclerotic Disease of the Thoracic Aorta," J Am Coll Cardiol, vol 35, 301, 2001.
Takuma S, Ota T, Muro T, Kazanowski M, Rui L, Yano H, Yoshiara K, Dimayuga C, Makita K, DiTullio, M, Yoshikawa J, Homma S, "Assessment of Left Ventricular Function by Real-Time Three Dimensional Echocardiology Compared with Conventional Methods," J Am Coll Cardiol, 35, 469, 2000.

Takuma S, Angelini E, Yoshiara K, Kiu R, Kazanowski M, Dimayuga C, Makita K, DiTullio M, Holmes J, Laine A, Homma S, "Fully Automated Three Dimensional Boundary Detection in Real-Time Three Dimensional Echocardiography," J Am Coll Cardiol, 35, 469, 2000.

Vest J, Fard A, Suleski M, Sciacca R, Prieto A, Berglund L, Kazanowski M, Magnano A, Bryant T, Cardinale C, DiTullio M, Cannon P, Schwartz A, Rabbani L, Homma S, "Elevated Plasma Level of Asymmetric Dimethylarginine (ADMA) is Associated with Coronary Artery Disease Independent of the Traditional Atherosclerotic Risk Factors," J Am Coll Cardiol, 35, 243, 2000.

Warren K, Nusselein-Volhard C, Haffler P, Fishman M, Langdon D, Georgia J, Kazanowski M, "Left-Right Pattern of Cardiac BMP4 Drives Asymmetry of the Zebrafish," Circulation, 96, 59, 1997.
Langdon D, Georgia J, Kazanowski M, Bettmann M, "Diagnostic and Therapeutic Costs in Peripheral Disease in the Cardiovascular/Interventional Radiology Department," Circulation, 96, 308, 1997.

Langdon D, Bell G, Georgia J, Kazanowski M, "Diagnostic and Therapeutic Costs in Peripheral Disease in the Cardiovascular/Interventional Radiology Department," Radiology, 205, 345, 1997.

Kazanowski M, "Trapped in a Bubble," Albany Road (poetry magazine), 1996.


American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
American Association of Plastic Surgeons
American Board of Plastic Surgery
American Board of Surgery
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery