Kari L. Colen, MD, FACS, Physician

Dr. Colen is Certified in Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon who obtained her M.D. degree from NYU, graduating with honors. She is board certified in plastic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Colen received the Patients’ Choice Award in 2010, 2015 and 2018. She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS).

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Her practice philosophy is that each patient should be given individual care. This starts with a detailed initial consultation where Dr. Colen and the patient can decide the right procedure for the patient’s concerns. She feels that one procedure does not fit all. Everything she does is for the goal of making a patient feel better about themselves and therefore, a better person in general. She has a strong interest in women’s health as it pertains to plastic surgery and especially breast reconstruction and secondary cosmetic breast procedures.

Dr. Kari L. Colen completed Plastic Surgery training at the prestigious New York University Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. During her training she spent time at NYU, Manhattan Eye Ear and Throat hospital, and Bellevue Hospital where she gained special knowledge and skills in the newest and most advanced techniques in Plastic Surgery. Because of her superior training in the top program in the country, Dr. Colen is able to deliver the most up-to-date care to her patients. During her training, she authored numerous articles in plastic and aesthetic surgery and helped design an interactive 3D surgical simulation model to better educate patients on plastic surgical procedures.

Her cosmetic interests aim at using more non-invasive techniques to give similar results with less scarring such as the short-scar breast reduction, vaginal aesthetics, and revision breast surgery.

Her reconstructive interests are mainly in Breast Reconstruction where she has a very busy practice at Hackensack University Medical Center in NJ. Dr. Kari Colen feels that every patient should be given a chance to discuss breast reconstruction options and, jointly, come up with the best surgical plan with the doctor.

Journals & Articles

Stacked Hemi-Abdominal Extended Perforator (SHAEP) Flap Breast Reconstruction

Nerve Grafts and Conduits

Multiorgan resection for gastric cancer

Epithelio-mesenchymal interactions in the developing mouse pancreas

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