Mark L. Smith, MD, FACS

Executive Director

Dr. Mark L. Smith is a Long Island native who is honored to serve as Executive Director of the Friedman Center for Breast and Lymphatic Surgery. His clinical accomplishments distinguish him as a pioneer in the field of breast reconstruction, and he is renowned worldwide for his surgical skill and innovative techniques.

An expert in complex reconstructive surgery, Dr. Smith was the first surgeon to perform DIEP (Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator) flap breast reconstruction in New York City. He also led the team that created the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocol, which significantly improves pain management while limiting the use of narcotics and shortens hospital stays.

Dr. Smith has also broken ground in the field of oncoplastic surgery, publishing one of the first case studies in the United States on using oncoplastic techniques for breast conservation in patients with breast cancer.

Dr. Smith has also made significant contributions in the emerging field of lymphatic surgery. He was on the first surgical team in North America to successfully treat lymphedema with a vascularized lymph node transfer. He, in partnership with a colleague, developed an intraoperative imaging technique to minimize the risk of causing lymphedema in the donor extremity.

Dr. Smith brings significant leadership experience to his role as Executive Director of the Friedman Center. He is Co-Founder of the American Society for Lymphatic Surgery, Course Director for the First International Symposium on Lipedema, and Co-Director of The Lipedema Project; he also developed the Oncoplastic Breast Cancer Program at Continuum Cancer Centers of New York.

Dr. Smith currently serves as the Director of Reconstructive Oncology at Northwell Health Cancer Institute; System Vice Chair of Surgery at Northwell Health; Vice President of Surgical Services, Eastern Region for Northwell Health; and is a Professor of Surgery at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He previously held roles as the Chief of Plastic Surgery at Mount Sinai Beth Israel and the Director of Plastic Surgery at Continuum Cancer Centers of New York.

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