Sullivan

Scott K. Sullivan, MD, FACS

“My hope is to enhance the quality of care to our patients by making available to them the most innovative and progressive treatments possible.” 
- Scott K. Sullivan, MD, FACS

Biography

Scott K. Sullivan, MD, FACS, board certified as both a Plastic and General Surgeon, is the co-founder of the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery (CRBS), and the St. Charles Surgical Hospital-the only hospital in the world dedicated to breast reconstruction for women facing breast cancer, where he is pioneering landmark breast reconstruction techniques. Dr. Sullivan is a leader in the area of breast reconstructive surgery at a national and international level.

Dr. Sullivan has performed over three thousand breast reconstruction surgeries since the inception of the CRBS in 2003. Within the field of microsurgery he has made some major practical surgical advances, seen nowhere else in the world. His particular area of focus is breast reconstruction utilizing the body’s own tissue. These state-of-the-art techniques, referred to as Perforator Flaps, now represent the leading choice in breast reconstruction. Dr. Sullivan, in collaboration with Frank J. DellaCroce, MD, FACS, has pioneered several of these revolutionary breast reconstructive techniques, including Bilateral Simultaneous GAP and Hip flap Reconstruction, Stacked Flap (Stacked DIEP, Stacked Hip flaps), Extended DIEP Flaps, Single Stage Composite Breast Reconstruction (Single Stage DIEP flap with Implant), Body Lift Flap, and Endoscopic Assisted DIEP Flap breast Reconstruction. These techniques were developed for the patient that is thin and those unfortunate patients that have had prior reconstructive failures. Because of their expertise in the field of reconstructive microsurgery, their practice is the referring destination for very complex reconstructive challenges.

In addition to these state of the art techniques, Dr Sullivan and CRBS were the early pioneers of Nipple Sparing Mastectomies, during which the breast skin is preserved, removing the breast tissue under the skin and nipple. It is performed through a small incision below the nipple, allowing for a more natural looking reconstruction and avoiding additional scars on the breast. Skin/nipple-sparing mastectomy must be accompanied by immediate reconstruction to fill the preserved skin envelope. Immediate reconstruction is a practice somewhat unique to the CRBS, as they have a skilled microsurgical team committed to such a complex endeavor.

The groundbreaking advances in breast reconstruction that Dr. Sullivan has developed have distinguished him as one of the most sought after microsurgeons in the world. Women from across the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia have traveled to New Orleans to seek his dedicated and compassionate approach to the most personal of women’s health issues. As an additional means to meet the needs of women at different stages in the treatment and recovery process, the CRBS team has created a unique monthly support group series. The meetings are free and open to the public and cover topics related to every aspect of cancer treatment and recovery.

Dr. Sullivan is a graduate of Louisiana State University Health Science Center and of the Hospital’s General Surgery internship program. He completed residencies in both General Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at LSU before founding the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is a member of numerous societies including the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as the Louisiana Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the New Orleans Surgical Society. He is an honorary board member of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. He has numerous publications to his credit, with particular emphasis on the newest methods of breast reconstruction, and he has lectured on the same subject. The American Cancer Society has named Dr. Sullivan a Spirit Award Honoree for going above and beyond in the fight against cancer. Best Doctors, Inc. recently named Dr. Sullivan, one of the “Best Doctors in America.”

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