Frank J. DellaCroce, MD, FACS

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Frank J. DellaCroce, MD, FACS, (“Dr. D”) is a founding partner of the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery and St. Charles Surgical Hospital, the first hospital in the world dedicated to breast reconstruction for women affected by breast cancer. Board certified in Plastic Surgery, “Dr. D” has performed thousands of reconstructive procedures for women battling breast cancer and those who look to prevent it with risk reduction surgery.

He received his medical degree from the Louisiana State University Health Science Center. He then went on to complete his Surgical Training in Houston at the University of Texas Health Science Center and M.D. Anderson Hospital before returning to LSU to complete a fellowship in Plastic Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is a member of numerous societies including the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, and the World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery.

“Dr. D” is an honorary board member of the Susan G. Komen Foundation and serves on the advisory board for the FORCE and IamTakingCharge organizations. The American Cancer Society has named him a Spirit Award Honoree for going above and beyond in the fight against cancer and he has been named one of the “Best Doctors in America” for the last 5 consecutive years. He is a widely published author and has lectured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Asia on the ground-breaking innovations pioneered at his Center. He and his partners are visionaries in the art of breast reconstruction and they welcome women from around the world for treatment in their dedicated facility in the Big Easy.

Education:

Undergraduate:
Bachelor of Science 1990
Northeast Louisiana University

Graduate:
Doctor of Medicine 1994
Louisiana State University Health Science Center

Postgraduate Training:

Internship 1994-1995:
General Surgery
University of Texas Health Science Center – Houston
Hermann Hospital
Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Hospital

Residency 1995-1999:
Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery
University of Texas Health Science Center – Houston
Hermann Hospital
Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Hospital

Residency 1999-2001
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
LSU Health Science Center at New Orleans

Certification:

Diplomate National Board of Medical Examiners 1996
Diplomate American Board of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery
Diplomate American Board of Plastic Surgery
Komen Foundation Honorary Board Member
FORCE Professional Advisory Board

Affiliations

Ad Hoc Reviewer Yale University Women’s Health Research 5/2014

Professional Advisory Board BreastCancer.org

Professional Advisory Board IamTakinCharge.com

Professional Organizations:

Member American Society of Plastic Surgeons

American Society of Plastic Surgery

Fellow American College of Surgeons

Fellow American Academy of Otolaryngology / Head & Neck Surgery

Member American Academy of Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery

Member American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Member Louisiana Society of Plastic Surgeons

Member Louisiana State Medical Society

Member American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery

Member World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery

Honors & Awards:

T.H. Harris Merit Scholarship, Northeast Louisiana University

Luffey Memorial Merit Scholarship, Northeast Louisiana University

Alpha Epsilon Delta Premedical Honor Society

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Northeast Louisiana University

Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, Northeast Louisiana University

Mortar Board, Northeast Louisiana University

Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society

Nathan Bernstein Merit Scholarship, LSU Health Science Center

Executive Council Representative, LSU Health Science Center

Resident research award 1996, “Auricular Framework Growth Following Grade III Microtia Reconstruction; Is It Real and What are the Implications”

Resident in training examination score award 1997 & 1998 Department of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery UT Houston

Resident research awared 1999, “Manifestations of Factor VIII Inhibitor in the Head and Neck”

American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons Outstanding Scientific Poster Presentation Award 1998. ASPS annual meeting Boston, MA

Resident in training examination score award 2000 & 2001 Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery LSU Health Science Center – New Orleans, LA

American Society of Plastic Surgery Scientific Paper of the Year Award 2005
Annual Meeting American Society of Plastic Surgery 5/2005 Scottsdale Arizona
Gill PS, Hunt JP, Guerra AB, DellaCroce FJ, et. al: A 10 Year Retrospective Review of 758 DIEP Flaps for Breast Reconstruction. Plas Recon Surgery. April 2004; Vol 113 No 4;
pp1153-1160.

Listed Among New Orleans Top Doctors 2008.

New Orleans City Business Healthcare Hero 2009.

New Orleans City Business Innovator of the Year 2009.

American Cancer Society Spirit Award 2009.

Listed Among Best Doctors in America 2009-2016.

American Cancer Society’s Inaugural Hope Lodge Hero Award 2010.

Publications:

Lorio JJ, DellaCroce FJ, Ho YC, et al: Conformational Changes in Transferrin Following Iron Binding as Detected by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy. Journal Louisiana State Medical Society. Nov 1993; Vol 145; p 473.

DellaCroce FJ, Aguilar EA: Auricular Framework Growth Following Microtia Reconstruction; Is It Real and What are the Implications. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Nov 2001; Vol 108 Num 6; pp 1479-84.

DellaCroce FJ, Kountakis S: Bleeding Complications in the Head and Neck Associated with Factor VIII Inhibitor. Archives of Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery Nov 1999; Vol 125 Num 11; pp1258.

Allen R.J., Dupin C.L., DellaCroce F.J.: Perforator Flaps in Breast Reconstruction. Perspectives in Plastic Surgery, Shenaq SM, Hollier LH (ed), Thieme Medical Publishers, New York; Vol 14 Num 2; pp37-54.

DellaCroce FJ, Allen RJ, Sullivan SS: Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator Flap Breast Reconstruction. Seminars in Plastic Surgery. Feb 2002; Vol 16 No 1; pp7-17.

Sullivan SK, DellaCroce, FJ: Management of Significant Venous Discrepancy with Microvascular Venous Coupler. Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery. Aug 2003; Vol 19(6); pp377-80.

Craigie JE, Allen RJ, DellaCroce FJ, Sullivan SK: Autogenous Breast Reconstruction with the Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator Flap. Clinics in Plastic Surgery. Jul 2003; 30(3): 359-69.

Gill PS, Hunt JP, Guerra AB, DellaCroce FJ, et. al: A 10 Year Retrospective Review of 758 DIEP Flaps for Breast Reconstruction. Plas Recon Surgery. April 2004; Vol 113 No 4;
pp1153-1160.

DellaCroce FJ, Sullivan SK: Application and Refinement of the Superior Gluteal Artery Perforator Free Flap for Bilateral Simultaneous Breast Reconstruction. Plas Recon Surgery. July 2005; Vol116 No 1; pp 97-105.

Sullivan SK, DellaCroce FJ: Aesthetic Considerations of In Situ Flap Contouring and Donor Contouring of GAP Flap Breast Reconstructions. Journal of Recon Microsurg 2005;21.

Breast Reconstruction, Perforator Flap
EMedicine: February 2007

Stolier AJ, Sullivan SK, DellaCroce FJ: Technical Considerations in Nipple Sparing Mastectomy. Ann Surg Oncol. May 2008; Vol 15(5); pp 1341-1347.

DellaCroce FJ, Sullivan SK: Chimeric Stacked Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator Flap Breast Reconstruction: A New Solution to an Old Problem. J Reconstr Microsurg 2007; 23: 418.

DellaCroce FJ, Sullivan SK. Breast Reconstruction, Perforator Flap. eMedicine from WebMD. Updated September 10, 2009. Available at: https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1276406-overview.

DellaCroce FJ, Sullivan SK, Trahan C: Stacked Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator Flap Breast Reconstruction: A Review of 110 Flaps in 55 Cases over 3 Years. Plas Recon Surgery. March 2011; 127: 1093-1099.

DellaCroce FJ: Reply: The Stacked DIEP Flap. Plas Recon Surgery, October 2011; 128: 378e.

DellaCroce FJ: Reply: Alternative Method for Volume Improvement in Autologous Breast Reconstruction. Plas Recon Surgery, December 2011; 128: 778e-779e.

DellaCroce FJ, Sullivan SK: BodyLift Perforator Flap Breast Reconstruction: A Review of 100 Flaps in 25 Cases. Plas Recon Surgery. March 2012;129: 551-561.

DellaCroce FJ: Expert Commentary Lumbar Perforator Flap. Reconstructive Surgery: Anatomy, Technique, and Clinical Applications. 2012; 686.

DellaCroce FJ: Expert Commentary Fat Injection and Breast Reconstruction: The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook. 2012.

DellaCroce FJ, Wolfe E: Breast Reconstruction. Surg Clin N Am. April 2013; 93: 445-454.

DellaCroce FJ, Blum CA, et. al: Nipple Sparing Mastectomy and Ptosis: Perforator Flap Breast Reconstruction Allows Full Secondary Mastopexy with Complete Nipple Areolar Repositioning. Plas Recon Surgery. July 2015.

Blum CA, DellaCroce, FJ, et. al: “Stacked Superior Gluteal Artery Perforator Flaps for Unilateral Breast Reconstruction: A Case Report”
Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery 2015.

DellaCroce FJ, Blum CA, et. al: BodyLift Perforator Flap Breast Reconstruction. Breast Reconstruction, Art, Science, and New Clinical Techniques. Shiffman MD (ed). Springer International Publishing, Switzerland. Edition 1, pp 641-650.

DellaCroce FJ, Blum CA, et. al: Stacked Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator Flap Breast Reconstruction. Breast Reconstruction, Art, Science, and New Clinical Techniques. Shiffman MD (ed). Springer International Publishing, Switzerland. Edition 1, pp 813-819.

Professional Presentations:

“Blepharoplasty”
University of Texas Health Science Center – Houston
Department of Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery
Grand Rounds 5/96

“Local Flaps of the Head and Neck”
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Department of Head and Neck Surgery
Grand Rounds 10/96

“Rhytidplasty”
University of Texas Health Science Center – Houston
Department of Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery
Grand Rounds 5/97

“Framework Growth Following Grade III Microtia Reconstruction; Is It Real and What are the Implications”
Robert A. Jahrsdoerfer Lectureship
Department of Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery and The Division of Plastic Surgery
University of Texas – Houston Medical School 7/97

“Lip Reconstruction”
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Department of Head and Neck Surgery
Grand Rounds 8/97

“Pediatric Facial Fractures”
University of Texas Health Science Center – Houston
Department of Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery
Grand Rounds 10/98

“Framework Growth Following Grade III Microtia Reconstruction; Is It Real and What are the Implications” Poster Presentation 1998 American Society of Plastic Surgery annual meeting Boston, MA

“Complications Associated With Hydroxyapatite Cement Use in the Frontal Sinus”
American Society of Plastic Surgery Senior Resident’s Conference
Providence, Rhode Island 3/2001

“Breast Reconstruction – A Woman’s Right to Know Her Options”
Memorial Medical Center Annual Symposium
New Orleans, LA 10/01

“Perforator Flap Breast Reconstruction – State of the Art”
Womens’ Expo Ponchartraine Center
New Orleans, LA 5/03

“Advances in Breast Reconstruction”
Gulfport, Mississippi 11/03

“Application and Refinement of the Gluteal Artery Perforator Free Flap for Bilateral Simultaneous Breast Reconstruction”
American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery Annual Meeting
Palm Springs, CA 1/19/2004

“State of the Art Advances in Breast Reconstruction”
Lieselotte Tansey Breast Center Health Symposium
New Orleans, LA 11/16/04

“A 10 Year Retrospective Review of 758 DIEP Flaps for Breast Reconstruction.”
American Society of Plastic Surgery Annual Meeting
Scottsdale Arizona 5/2005

“Aesthetic Considerations for the Superior Gluteal Artery Perforator Free Flap Donor Site”
American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery Annual Meeting
Miami, FL 1/2005

“Perforator Flap Breast Reconstruction, Modern Advances and State of the Art”
American College of Surgeons Meeting
Buena Vista, FL 2/18/2006

“Perforator Flap Breast Reconstruction:State of the Art”
FORCE Annual Conference
Tampa, FL 5/18/2006

Invited Speaker Edna B and Joyce Fay Washington Breast Cancer Foundation
10/28/2006
New Orleans, LA

“Breast Reconstruction: The Cutting Edge, Brass and Brellies”
Annual Meeting Association of Surgical Technologists
New Orleans, LA 5/24/2007

“Perforator Flap Breast Reconstruction”
Annual Meeting Occupational Health Nursing Association
Indianapolis, IN 10/12/2007

“Chimeric Stacked Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator Flap Breast Reconstruction: A New Solution to an Old Problem”
American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery Annual Meeting
Beverly Hills, CA 1/2008

Invited Speaker 10th Annual Susan B. Komen Foundation
“Breast Reconstruction: A New Day”
New Orleans, LA 10/18/07

Perforator Flap Reconstruction: Taking it to the Next Level
FORCE Annual Conference
Orlando, FL 5/16/09

“Perforator Flap Breast Reconstruction: Quantum Physics? Yes and No”
American Society of Plastic Surgical Nurses Annual Meeting
Seattle, WA 10/09

“Gluteal Artery Perforator Flaps Decoded: 300 Flaps and the Why Behind Harvest Location”
American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery Annual Meeting
Boca Raton, FL 1/2010

“Breast Reconstruction: The Art of the Art”
Invited Speaker 10th Annual Meeting Young Survivors’ Coalition
Atlanta, GA 2/2010

Faculty Duke University Perforator Flap Breast Reconstruction Course
Durham, North Carolina 2010

Expert Panelist American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery Annual Meeting Instructional Course: TUG of War: What is the Ideal Secondary Choice for Autologous Breast Reconstruction?
Las Vegas, NV 1/12

Faculty Duke University Perforator Flap Breast Reconstruction Course
Durham, North Carolina 2012

Expert Panelist ASPS Inaugural Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day
New Orleans, LA 10/12

Invited Lecturer
4th Hunan Province Medical Forum for Oncology
Changsha, China 10/2014
“The Re-Engineering of the DIEP Flap & Composite Perforator Flap Breast Reconstruction”

Instructional Course Director World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery
Mumbai, India 2015
“The DIEP Flap Re-Engineered: The Next Generation Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator Flap and Clinical Implications of Pedicle Rearrangement”

Instructional Course Director World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery
Mumbai, India 3/2015
“The APEX Flap: A Re-Engineering of the DIEP Flap Towards Maximum Functional Preservation and Breast Outcomes”

Instructional Course Director World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery
Mumbai, India 3/2015
“Multicomponent/Composite Perforator Flap Breast Reconstruction”

Invited Lecturer
Advances and Controversies in Reconstructive Microsurgery
Norwich, UK 5/2016.
“The Slim Patient, Multi-components, and the APEX Flap”

Postgraduate Courses:

AO/ASIF Maxillofacial Course on the Operative Treatment of Fractures and Nonunions
San Antonio, TX 4/97

Laser Safety and Cosmetic Applications of the Carbon Dioxide Laser
University of Texas Health Science Center Dental Branch – Houston 6/97

Ultrasonic Liposuction Course
New Orleans, LA 10/99

Basic Craniomaxillofacial Surgery Symposium
New Orleans, LA 10/00