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

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

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

Management of Microsurgical Patients using Intraoperative Unfractionated Heparin and Thromboelastography
Zavlin, D, Chegireddy, V, Jubbal, KT, Agrawal, NA & Spiegel, A 2019, Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery, vol. 35, no. 3, pp. 198-208.

Nipple viability after nipple-sparing mastectomy in patients with prior circum-areolar incisions
Rose, JF, Zavlin, D, Lim, SJ, Spiegel, AJ, Chevray, PM, Albright, SB & Friedman, JD 2018, Breast Journal.

Algorithmic Approach for Intraoperative Salvage of Venous Congestion in DIEP Flaps
Bartlett, EL, Zavlin, D, Menn, ZK & Spiegel, A 2018, Journal of reconstructive microsurgery.

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

Implications of Internal Mammary Lymph Node Sampling During Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction
Rose, JF, Zavlin, D, Menn, ZK, Eldor, L, Chegireddy, V, Baker, TP, Teh, BS, Lim, SJ & Spiegel, AJ 2018, Annals of Surgical Oncology.

ASO Author Reflections: Implications of Internal Mammary Lymph Node Sampling During Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction
Rose, JF, Zavlin, D & Spiegel, A 2018, Annals of Surgical Oncology.

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, A, van der Hulst, RRWJ & Tuinder, SMH 2017, Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, pp. 1-9.

Sensory recovery of the breast after innervated and non-innervated autologous breast reconstructions: A systematic review
Beugels, J, Cornelissen, AJM, Spiegel, A, Heuts, EM, Piatkowski, A, van der Hulst, RRWJ & Tuinder, SMH 2017, Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, vol. 70, no. 9, pp. 1229-1241.

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, A, van der Hulst, RRWJ & Tuinder, SMH 2017, Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery.

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.

Breast reconstruction with DIEP and SIEA flaps in patients with prior abdominal liposuction
Zavlin, D, Jubbal, KT, Ellsworth, IV, WA & Spiegel, A 2017, Microsurgery.

Keyhole Flap Nipple Reconstruction
Chen, JI, Cash, CG, Iman, AH, Spiegel, A & Cronin, ED 2016, Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open, vol. 4, no. 5, e703, pp. 1-4.

Flap-based breast reconstructions
Bartlett, E, Kolacinska, A & Spiegel, AJ 2016, Nowotwory, vol. 66, no. 6, pp. 463-469.

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.

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, A, Menn, ZK, Eldor, L, Kaufman, Y & Lee Dellon, A 2013, Plastic and reconstructive surgery.

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.

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