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

Bio

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.

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 reconstruction practices, including the Bilateral Simultaneous Gap Reconstruction (SGAP Flap) and the Stacked Flap (Stacked DIEP) Reconstruction. They were the first surgeons to develop a protocol that allows those seeking reconstruction of both breasts the option of reconstruction in one operation when the tummy tissue is insufficient. Historically, GAP Flap procedures have been performed one breast at a time requiring two separate operations usually several weeks apart. Dr. Sullivan performs this procedure routinely on those women who are either thin or athletic or for other reasons are not candidates for the procedures that borrow from the abdominal fatty excess. Also pioneered at the CRBS, the Stacked Flap provides another option for the thin woman who needs reconstruction of only one breast. This procedure allows for use of more abdominal fatty tissue than Conventional TRAM Procedures or Single DIEP Flap procedures. Using sophisticated microsurgical techniques, Dr. Sullivan is able to provide a greater volume to the reconstructed breast than has been historically possible. His development of the Stacked Flap has provided the opportunity for reconstruction with abdominal tissue for women who would have previously not been candidates.

Dr. Sullivan has performed over one thousand breast reconstruction surgeries since the inception of the CRBS in 2003. In addition to his most recent state-of-the-art techniques, Dr. Sullivan is pioneering another technique not widely known by patients or physicians alike. The nipple-sparing mastectomy, during which the breast skin is preserved, is a procedure which removes 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 and a clinical instructor for the LSU Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery and Reconstructive Surgery. 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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