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Kristen Marie Rezak, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Clinical Focus and Research

Clinical interests include cosmetic breast and body contouring surgery, revision breast surgery, transgender surgery, breast reconstruction and microsurgical free flaps.

Research interests include improving outcomes for free flap surgery, optimizing healing after breast reconstruction, and regenerative medicine.

Education and Training

  • Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship, Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, 2012 - 2013
  • Plastic Surgery Residency, Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Florida, 2008 - 2010
  • Post Bariatric Body Contouring Surgery Fellowship, Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 2007 - 2008
  • General Surgery Residency, Surgery, Stony Brook University, Renaissance School of Medicine, 2002 - 2007
  • M.D., Ross University, School of Medicine (West Indies), 2001
  • B.S., State University of New York, Binghamton, 1996

Publications

Mountziaris, Paschalia M., Ashit Patel, and Kristen M. Rezak. “Breast reconstruction with superior epigastric artery perforator (SEAP) free flap: Report of two cases.” Microsurgery 40, no. 5 (July 2020): 593–97. https://doi.org/10.1002/micr.30563.

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Kotamarti, Vasanth S., Eric Shiah, Kristen M. Rezak, Ashit Patel, and Joseph A. Ricci. “Does Anticoagulation Improve Flap Outcomes in Hypercoagulable Patients? A Systematic Review.” J Reconstr Microsurg 36, no. 3 (March 2020): 204–12. https://doi.org/10.1055/s-0039-3400531.

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Drinane, James J., Thuy-Huong Pham, Grant Schalet, and Kristen Rezak. “Depression is associated with worse outcomes among women undergoing breast reconstruction following mastectomy.” J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg 72, no. 8 (August 2019): 1292–98. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bjps.2019.03.036.

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Ismail, I. K., C. E. Soteropulos, A. C. Huang, K. M. Rezak, and A. Patel. “Transversalis fascia scoring: a new adjunct to anterior component separation technique.” European Journal of Plastic Surgery 41, no. 3 (June 1, 2018): 329–34. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00238-017-1370-3.

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Lanni, Michael Alan, Emily Van Kouwenberg, Alan Yan, Kristen M. Rezak, and Ashit Patel. “Applying the Keystone Design Perforator Island Flap Concept in a Variety of Anatomic Locations: A Review of 60 Consecutive Cases by a Single Surgeon.” Ann Plast Surg 79, no. 1 (July 2017): 60–67. https://doi.org/10.1097/SAP.0000000000000995.

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Mountziaris, P. M., C. E. Soteropulos, K. M. Rezak, and A. Patel. “Use of innovative technologies in pediatric lower extremity reconstruction.” Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery  Global Open 4, no. 8 (January 1, 2016). https://doi.org/10.1097/GOX.0000000000000820.

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Rezak, Kristen M., Amy Bouvier, Brian Olack, Jose C. Larumbe, and Eric Stelnicki. “A novel nonoperative technique in the initial management and treatment of congenital microstomia.” Cleft Palate Craniofac J 49, no. 3 (May 2012): 352–56. https://doi.org/10.1597/10-114.

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Rezak, Kristen M., Kelley Gillette, Michel C. Samson, and Martin I. Newman. “Attitudes toward biological mesh in breast reconstruction: a regional survey of plastic surgeons.” Plast Reconstr Surg 126, no. 2 (August 2010): 92e-93e. https://doi.org/10.1097/PRS.0b013e3181df701f.

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