Aldona Spiegel, MD

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


Biography

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

Residency , Baylor College of Medicine
Clinical Fellowship , Baylor College of Medicine
Internship , Johns Hopkins University
MD , University of Ottawa
Publications

Risk-Reducing Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction: Indications and Evidence for Current Management Strategies
Eisemann, BS & Spiegel, AJ 2018, Clinics in Plastic Surgery, vol 45, no. 1, pp. 129-136. DOI: 10.1016/j.cps.2017.08.013

Sensation of the autologous reconstructed breast improves quality of life: a pilot study
Cornelissen, AJM, Beugels, J, van Kuijk, SMJ, Heuts, EM, Rozen, SM, Spiegel, AJ, van der Hulst, RRWJ & Tuinder, SMH 2017, Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, pp. 1-9. DOI: 10.1007/s10549-017-4547-3

The impact of resident involvement in breast reconstruction surgery outcomes by modality: An analysis of 4,500 cases
Jubbal, KT, Echo, A, Spiegel, AJ & Izaddoost, SA 2017, Microsurgery. DOI: 10.1002/micr.30146

Breast reconstruction with DIEP and SIEA flaps in patients with prior abdominal liposuction
Zavlin, D, Jubbal, KT, Ellsworth, WA & Spiegel, AJ 2017, Microsurgery. DOI: 10.1002/micr.30218

Comparing the sensation of common donor site regions for autologous breast reconstruction to that of a healthy breast
Cornelissen, AJM, Beugels, J, Lataster, A, Heuts, EM, Rozen, SM, Spiegel, AJ, van der Hulst, RRWJ & Tuinder, SMH 2017, Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery. DOI: 10.1016/j.bjps.2017.09.011

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: 10.1111/tbj.12543

Flap-based breast reconstructions
Bartlett, E, Kolacinska, A & Spiegel, AJ 2016, Nowotwory, vol 66, no. 6, pp. 463-469. DOI: 10.5603/NJO.2016.0083

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: 10.1097/GOX.0000000000000008

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: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e318200ad18

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: 10.1097/SAP.0b013e3181c9dcb2

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.

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, pp. 115-124. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-7020-3181-6.00015-X