Aldona Spiegel, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Plastic Surgery, Institute for Academic Medicine
Assistant Clinical Member, Research Institute
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College


Board Certified in Plastic Surgery, Dr. Spiegel has trained with leading reconstructive surgeons around the world, developing and improving techniques to minimize the after effects of breast cancer on a woman's body. She serves as Director at the Center for Breast Restoration at The Methodist Hospital Institute for Reconstructive Surgery. Her vision combines a dedication to advanced research, exceptional education and the development of new, less invasive treatments.

Description of Research

Dr. Spiegel's clinical expertise in breast reconstruction and microsurgery allows her to focus on innovative surgical techniques, such as muscle-preserving flaps: DIEP, SIEA, GAP, TUG, and the TAP for optimum results. The use of autologous tissue for reconstruction provides the restoration of a natural breast appearance. Dr. Spiegel offers the most complete form of breast restoration by reattaching nerves and thereby reestablishing sensation.

Areas Of Expertise

Breast Reconstruction Breast sensation DIEP flaps SGAP flaps TAP flaps SIEA flaps Microsurgery
Education & Training

, Baylor College of Medicine
, Johns Hopkins University
, University of Ottawa

Keyhole Flap Nipple Reconstruction
Chen, J, Cash, C, Iman, A-H, Jedrysiak, A & Cronin, ED 2016, Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open, pp. 1-4.

Beyond Quantitative Measurement of Breast Reconstruction Outcomes: Evaluation of Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy and the Breast-Q
Wommack, CC & Spiegel, AJ 2016, Breast Journal, vol 22, no. 1, pp. 7-9. DOI:

XPAND Patient-Activated Controlled Tissue Expander System for Breast Reconstruction
Ascherman JA, Castle J, Colwell A, Chun YS & Spiegel, A 2014, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, pp. 93-94.

Abstract 10: Patient Activated Controlled Tissue Expander System for Breast Reconstruction : A Prospective, Multicenter, Randomized, Controlled, Open Label Clinical Study-Preliminary Results
Zeidler K, Berkowitz RL, Johnson D, Castle J, Morris D, Chun Y, Colwell A, Desai A, Alizadeh K, Hollenbeck S, Appel J, Mohebali K, Spiegel, A, Thornton B, Downey S, Evans G & Ascheman J 2014, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, vol 133, no. 4S, pp. 979.

Breast reinnervation: DIEP neurotization using the third anterior intercostal nerve
Spiegel, AJ, Menn, ZK, Eldor, L, Kaufman, Y & Lee Dellon, A 2013, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. DOI:

A Selection of an Appropriate Method of Breast Reconstruction : Factors Involved in Customizing Breast Restoration
Menn Z & Spiegel, A 2013, . in A Spiegel (ed.), Breast Reconstruction-Current Perspectives and State of the Art Techniques. In Tech.

The Superficial Inferior Epigastric Artery (SIEA) Flap and Its Applications In Breast Reconstruction
Menn Z & Spiegel, A 2012, . in M Salgarello (ed.), Breast Reconstruction-Current Techniques. In Tech.

Study suggests trend toward greater donor-site morbidity in TRAM flap patients
Chen, CM, Craigie, J, Erhard, H, Greenspun, D, Khoobehi, K, Kline, R, Levine, J, Lotempio, M, Sadeghi, A, Spiegel, A, Stolier, A & Allen, RJ 2011, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, vol 127, no. 2, pp. 1007-1008. DOI:

Expert Commentary: SIEA
Spiegel, A 2011, . in Reconstructive Surgery: Anatomy, Technique, and Clinical Applications.

SIEA flap breast reconstruction
Spiegel, AJ & Eldor, L 2010, . in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Breast. Saunders, pp. 147-159.

Partial breast reconstruction with mini superficial inferior epigastric artery and mini deep inferior epigastric perforator flaps
Spiegel, AJ & Eldor, L 2010, Annals of Plastic Surgery, vol 65, no. 2, pp. 147-154. DOI:

Breast Reconstruction Utilizing the Superficial Inferior Epigastric Artery (SIEA) Flap
Spiegel, A & Eldor L 2010, . in EJ Hall-Findlay & GRD Evans (eds), In Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Breast. Elsevier Inc.

Effect of Radiation on Partial Breast Reconstruction in Patients Undergoing Mini-Abdominal Free Flaps
Spiegel, A, Eldor L, Blanco A & Teh B 2010, International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics, vol 78, no. 3, pp. S246-S247.

Repair of the Partial Mastectomy Defect with Staged-Immediate Free Tissue Transfer
Spiegel, AJ & Eldor, L 2009, . in Oncoplastic Surgery of the Breast with DVD. Elsevier Inc. pp. 115-124. DOI:

Breast reconstruction after bilateral prophylactic mastectomy in women at high risk for breast cancer.
Eldor, L & Spiegel, A 2009, The Breast Journal, vol 15 Suppl 1.

Perforator flaps: Recent experience, current trends, and future directions based on 3974 microsurgical breast reconstructions
Massey, MF, Spiegel, AJ, Levine, JL, Craigie, JE, Kline, RM, Khoobehi, K, Erhard, H, Greenspun, DT & Allen, RJ 2009, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, vol 124, no. 3, pp. 737-751. DOI:

Partial Breast Reconstruction
Spiegel, A, Eldor L & Bailey J 2009, . in A Losken & M Hamdi (eds), Oncoplastic Technique. Quality Medical Publishing.

Superficial Inferior Epigastric Artery (SIEA) Flap for Breast Reconstruction
Spiegel, A 2009, . in Wei & Mardini (eds), Flaps & Reconstructive Surgery. Elsevier Inc.

A novel method for neurotization of deep inferior epigastric perforator and superficial inferior epigastric artery flaps
Spiegel, AJ, Salazar-Reyes, H, Izaddoost, S & Khan, FN 2009, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, vol 123, no. 1. DOI:

An intraoperative algorithm for use of the SIEA flap for breast reconstruction
Spiegel, AJ & Khan, FN 2007, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, vol 120, no. 6, pp. 1450-1459. DOI: