Dr. Russell Ashinoff provides special expertise in reconstructive microsurgery, particularly for breast cancer reconstruction and traumatic injuries.
Dr. Ashinoff earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science at the University at Albany, graduating with honors and receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence in Research. He was awarded his medical degree from the State University of New York at Syracuse. Dr. Ashinoff was then chosen to continue his training in General Surgery at the renowned New York University and Bellevue Hospital program in Manhattan. While there, he spent an additional year conducting research in the Laboratory for Microvascular Research and Vascular Tissue Engineering. His work was featured at several national and international meetings, and was published in numerous medical journals.
Dr. Ashinoff was then invited to train as a Fellow in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Emory University in Atlanta. While there, he worked alongside pioneers in the field of plastic surgery, learning the most innovative and advanced techniques in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. During this time, he also published scientific articles on Eyelid Rejuvenation and Breast Reconstruction, as well as authoring a book chapter on the treatment of pediatric craniofacial trauma.
Dr. Ashinoff is Double Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and The American Board of Surgery. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS). He has been included on the lists of Top Surgeons and Top Plastic Surgeons every year since 2008 by The Consumers Research Council of America.
Inspiring Medical Case:
In 2011, Dr. Ashinoff performed breast reduction surgery on a patient who had suffered from debilitating back and neck pain for many years. Her preoperative mammogram was normal and her surgery went wonderfully, with immediate relief of her symptoms. A week later, the lab report revealed that cancer was detected in the breast tissue that had been removed. While the diagnosis was unexpected, it was also lifesaving, as the cancer was invisible on x-ray and would have continued to grow undetected. She underwent a mastectomy and reconstruction with Dr. Ashinoff, and is back to working as a full time medical professional.
“Plastic surgery is a wonderful field because it allows us to help patients in so many different ways, ranging from breast reconstruction after breast cancer to facial reconstruction after malignancy or trauma to limb replantation. The skills we share in this practice allow us to approach a problem from many angles and offer a solution based on a wealth of knowledge and experience.”